International Relations

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Sunday, February 12, 2017

Committee on International Relations

Congressional Ballroom
1:30 p.m. - 5:00 p.m.
1:30 p.m. – 1:40 pm
Welcome and Introductions

Hon. David Danner, Washington

Approval of minutes

Hon. David Danner, Washington

1:40 p.m. - 2:05 p.m.
EEI in the World

The Edison Electric Institute is engaged in a variety of international activities. Lawrence Jones, EEI’s vice president for international programs, will describe those efforts.


Hon. David Danner, Washington


Lawrence Jones, Vice President, International Programs, Edison Electric Institute

2:05 p.m. – 2:30 p.m.
ICER Explained

The International Confederation of Energy Regulators is a voluntary framework for cooperation between energy regulators from around the globe. But what exactly does it do? Members of the ICER editorial board will explain it all.


Hon. Murray Doehler, Nova Scotia


Hon. John Betkoski, Connecticut

2:30 p.m. – 3:00 p.m.
NARUC’s International Activities: The View from USAID and DOS

Much of the international work done by NARUC is funded by the US Agency for International Development or the Department of State. Representatives of both agencies will provide an overview of their goals for the programs.


Hon. David Danner, Washington


Anna Shpitsberg, Global Power Sector Program Manager, Office of Energy Programs, Bureau of Energy Resources, U.S. Department of State

Dorian Mead, Energy Reform & Reconstruction

Advisor, Office of Energy & Infrastructure/Energy Division, U.S. Agency for International Development

3:00 p.m. – 3:15 p.m.
Networking Break
3:15 p.m. – 3:30 p.m.
Report on NARUC International Programs

Erin Hammel, Director of International Programs, National Association of Regulatory Utility Commissioners

3:45 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Strategic Role of Natural Gas in Transatlantic International Relations

(Joint session with the Committee on Gas)

Natural gas plays an increasingly important role in the transatlantic trade market. For many policy makers, natural gas offers important strategic, commercial, security, economic and environmental opportunities for Europe and the United States, such as providing electric generation, home heating, and industrial and transportation services. This panel assesses the promises of natural gas in transatlantic trade and international security, and examines policies and potential obstacles to realizing these promises for both the United States and Europe.


Hon. Diane X. Burman, New York

Hon. Anthony O’Donnell, Maryland


Barry Smitherman, Commissioner Emeritus, Texas

David Goldwyn, Goldwyn Global Strategies

Pat Outtrim, Tellurian Investments

Thomas Cunningham, Deputy Director, Global Energy Center, The Atlantic Council

Mark Brownstein, Vice President, Oil and Gas Program, Environmental Defense Fund