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Committee on International Relations

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Sunday, November 13, 2016

Location: Flores 4
3:15 p.m. - 3:30 p.m.

The Wide World of NARUC – Welcome and Introductions

Hon. David Danner, Washington

3:20 p.m. - 3:25 p.m.

Approval of Minutes/Resolutions

Hon. David Danner, Washington

3:25 p.m. - 3:35 p.m.

Remarks by Terry Barnich Award Recipients

The Terry Barnich Award is presented annually by the International Relations Committee to commissioners or staff in recognition of outstanding efforts to further international cooperation among utility regulators and to promote professional regulation. This year’s winners will deliver brief remarks.

Moderator: Hon. David Danner, Washington

Hon. Philip Jones, Washington

Raj Addepalli, New York

3:35 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.

Live from Marrakech: A Report on COP 22 – Marrakech

As the 22nd Conference of Parties to the UNFCCC reaches its midway point, one of the key members of the US delegation will give an update on the proceedings.

Moderator: Hon. David Danner, Washington

Panelist: Jonathan Pershing, Special Envoy for Climate Change, U.S. Department of State (invited)

4:00 p.m. - 4:20 p.m.

Update on Energy Reform in Mexico

The International Relations Committee has been following the implementation of energy reforms in Mexico. That country’s new chief energy regulator will provide a progress report.

Moderator: Hon. David Danner, Washington

Panelist: Hon. Guillermo García Alcocer, Chairman, Energy Regulatory Commission of Mexico

4:20 p.m. - 4:40 p.m.

The 2016 DOE-sponsored Commissioners' Mission to China: Major Lessons

For the third year, the US Department of Energy sponsored a Utility Commissioner Clean Energy Technology and Policy Mission to China. During this four-city, two-week mission, the five-commissioner delegation saw first hand the demonstration of cutting-edge energy technologies and participated in discussions on energy market reforms and carbon emissions trading. This session will allow them to share their major takeaways.

Moderator: Hon. Travis Kavulla, Montana and NARUC President

Hon. Sherina Maye Edwards, Illinois

Hon. Elizabeth Jacobs, Iowa

Hon. Sandy Jones, New Mexico

Hon. David Ziegner, Indiana

Mr. Robert Gee

4:40 p.m. - 4:45 p.m.

Preview of 27th World Gas Conference

A look ahead to the next triennial meeting of the International Gas Union, which will be held in Washington, D.C., in June 2018.   

Presenter: Hon. Diane Burman, New York

4:45 p.m. - 4:50 p.m.

EEI International Activities Mid-year Report

Presenter: Elizabeth Stipnieks, Director, Regulatory Relations, Edison Electric Institute
4:50 p.m.

Report on NARUC International Programs

Presenter: Erin Hammel, Director of International Programs, NARUC