International Cooperation

Ninth EU-US Energy Regulators Roundtable

Date: October 3-4, 2011
Location: Chicago, Illinois 

During the Ninth EU-US Energy Regulators Roundtable, participants from NARUC and the Council of European Energy Regulators (CEER) discussed cross-border infrastructure and investment, regulatory challenges of new technologies, market monitoring, diversity of fuel mix, climate change, and other key issues.

This meeting reinforced the many similarities in the challenges that energy regulators are facing in the U.S. and Europe. In particular, a difficult financial climate coupled with massive investment needs and concerns about the energy fuel mix must be balanced with consumer interests and stable market conditions. Furthermore, renewables and smart technologies require policies to intelligently integrate them in the grid, while encouraging dynamic and empowered customer participation to help support climate change and energy efficiency goals. From a market perspective, regulators must closely monitor energy trading, as physical and financial markets converge.