Committee on International Relations

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Sunday, July 16

1:30 p.m. - 5:00 p.m.
Location: Harbor Island 3

1:30 p.m. - 2:15 p.m.


Business Meeting

Welcome and introductions

Hon. David Danner - Chair, IRC- Washington

Hon. Kenneth Hill  – Co-Vice Chair, IRC – Tennessee

Hon. Murray Doehler – Co-Vice Chair, IRC – Nova Scotia

Committee Business

Approval of winter meeting minutes


Call for nominations - Terry Barnich Award

International Updates

NARUC International Department report - Ms. Erin Hammel, director

World Energy Regulatory Forum - Hon. David Danner, Washington

World Gas Forum - Hon. Diane X. Burman, New York

2:15 p.m. - 2:30 p.m. Networking Break
2:30 p.m. - 3:45 p.m.

Energy on the Border

Even as the electric transmission systems of the United States and Mexico become more closely connected, the relationship between the two nations is changing. This panel will review the status of the border energy economy, look at plans for stronger cross-border ties and examine the possible impacts of potential political and economic shifts, such as a reopening of the North American Free Trade Agreement.

Moderator: Paul Roberti, Ernst & Young, Mexico City


Emilio Camacho, Advisor, California Energy Commission

Rick Van Schoik, Transborder Energy Portfolio Director, North American Research Partnership

Roberto Bayetti, Director of QA, Architecture and Model Management, Cal ISO

Herman Tribukait Vasconcelos, Mexico Energy R&D Funds, Ambassador to North America

3:45 p.m. - 4:00 p.m. Networking Break
4:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m.

The Changing Climate on Climate Change: The Role of China After the US Exit From the Paris Accords

President Trump’s announcement that the United States would exit the Paris climate accord has been widely perceived as creating an opening for China to take a larger role on the global stage. This panel will examine the current state of Chinese efforts to reduce CO2 emissions and discuss the ways in which China may respond both diplomatically and economically from the changing U.S. policy on climate.

Moderator: Hon. Travis Kavulla, Montana


Christopher James, Principal, China Programs, Regulatory Assistance Project

Susan Shirk, Research Professor; Chair, 21st Century China Center, School of Global Policy and Strategy, University of California, San Diego

David Victor, Professor; Co-director, Laboratory on International Law and Regulation, School of Global Policy and Strategy, University of California, San Diego