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February 10-13, 2019 • Renaissance Washington Hotel • Washington, D.C.

Winter Policy Summit logo

February 10-13, 2019
Renaissance Washington Hotel
Washington, D.C.

International Relations


Committee on International Relations

1:30-5:00 p.m. • Congressional Ballroom

1:30 p.m. - 1:40 p.m.

Welcome, Introductions, Approval of Minutes

Hon. David Danner  – Chair, IRC – Washington UTC

Report on NARUC International Activities

Erin Hammel – Director, International Department, NARUC

1:40 p.m. - 2:30 p.m.

North American Energy Integration: A view from Capitol Hill

Last year, the Government Accountability Office – the investigative arm of Congress – was asked to review the role of US government agencies in supporting the integration of North American energy markets and their associated infrastructure. A report produced by the GAO in August examined how the United States, Canada and Mexico cooperate in the energy sector and how US agencies facilitate that cooperation, and compiled ideas for expanding energy integration. In this panel, the author of the report will present its findings. Energy regulators from Canada and Mexico will respond.

Moderator: Hon. David Danner  Chair, IRC – Washington UTC

Panelists:  Kimberly Gianopoulos - Director, International Affairs and Trade, US Government Accountability Office

Hon. David Morton - Chair, International Relations, CAMPUT; Chair, British Columbia UC

Mexico Commission on Energy Regulation representative (invited)

2:30 p.m. - 2:45 p.m. Networking Break
2:45 p.m. - 3:45 p.m.

Power Markets in Central America

Dr. Belt and Ms. Alvarado de Córdoba will present the results of their work on Central American power markets, in which they studied power sector reforms in the region and measures to improve the functioning of the markets. They will discuss the applicability of their work to other developing regions such as sub-Saharan Africa and Asia. Dr. Belt will also discuss his paper on power sector reforms in Haiti, which earned a the 2018 ICER Distinguished Scholar Award in the category of Impact on Development Countries from The International Confederation of Energy Regulators.

Moderator: Hon. Sadzi Oliva  – Illinois CC

Panelists: Juan A.B. Belt – Senior Associate (non-resident),           Center for   Strategic and International Studies

Silvia Alvarado de Córdoba – Independent consultant

USAID representative (invited)

3:45 p.m. - 4:00 p.m. Networking Break
4:00 p.m. - 4:10 p.m.

US Energy Association Update

Much in the way that NARUC works with international energy regulators, the US Energy association focuses on assisting utilities, market operators and other energy sector entities in developing countries. In recent years, there has been increased interaction and cooperation NARUC and USEA. Two of USEA’s managers will present a brief overview of some of their organization’s recent work.

Moderator: Hon. David Danner Chair, IRC – Washington UTC

Panelists:  Elliot Roseman – USEA

Will Polen – USEA

4:10 p.m. - 5:00 p.m.

Energy Reform in Germany: Progress or Stagnation?   

Recent analyses of the energy sector reforms in Germany – the “Energiewende” – have taken vastly different views of its progress. One school of thought is that the reforms have essentially stalled and will need a major push to resume forward motion. Other analysts take a more positive view, pointing to steady progress. In this panel discussion, a scholar and a representative of the German government will offer their perspectives.

Moderator: Andrew MelnykovychChair, Staff Subcommittee on        International Relations – Kentucky PSC

Panelists: Jens Acker – Counselor, Energy and Climate Policy, Embassy of the Federal Republic of Germany

Jonas Nahm – School of Advanced International Studies,    Johns Hopkins University




Committee on International Relations

2:40-4:00 p.m. • Congressional

2:40-4:00 p.m

CEO Deep Dive Panel--From Rhetoric to Grid Reliability, Resilience and Market Infrastructure Realities (Joint Session with the Committee on Gas) 

A deep dive with key leaders in the energy markets discussing how they and their entities are responding to the current market realities and planning for future transformations.  It will be an engaging and interactive dialogue to help inform regulators and other stakeholders.

Introductory Remarks by Asia Edge Senior Official Representative on its Gas Initiatives to enhance development and growth

Moderators: Hon. Ellen Nowak, Wisconsin, Hon. Lawrence Friedeman, Ohio


  1. Paula Gant, Principal, Curiosus Energy
  2. Scott Prochazka, President and CEO, CenterPoint
  3. David Valesquez, President & CEO for Pepco Holdings 
  4. Alan Armstrong, President & CEO of Williams Companies, Inc. and Transportation Infrastructure Study Chair of National Petroleum Council 
  5. Orlando Alvarez, President and CEO, BP Energy Company