Committee on International Relations

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Sunday, February 11

Committee on International Relations

1:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m.
Location: Congressional Ballroom
1:00 p.m. - 1:10 p.m.

Welcome, Introductions, Approval of Minutes

Moderator: Hon. David Danner, Chair, Washington IRC

1:10 p.m. - 2:10 p.m.

The Energy Sector in India: Balancing Growth and Sustainability

Economic development in India has created enormous new demand for electricity. This panel will examine how India is working to meet that demand while it struggles with well-publicized environmental problems, principally air pollution in its major cities. The panel also will include an update on NARUC’s work with Indian energy regulators.

Moderator: Hon. Upendra Chivukula, New Jersey


NARUC staff member TBD

Johannes Urpelainen, School of International Studies

Johns Hopkins University

Gardiner Harris, State Department Correspondent,

former New Delhi Bureau Chief, the New York Times

2:10 p.m. - 3:00 p.m.

Power Africa Update

When the Trump administration took office with the stated intention of reducing foreign assistance, there was concern over the fate of the Power Africa program. One year on, how has the program been affected? This panel will address the status of NARUC programs in Africa and the overall situation with respect to US involvement in the African energy sector.

Moderator: Bradley Cebulko, Energy Policy Advisor, Washington UTC - Vice chair, Staff Subcommittee on International Relations


NARUC staffer TBD

Witney Schneidman, Covington & Burling

Worku Gachou, Covington & Burling

3:00 p.m. - 3:15 p.m. Networking Break
3:15 p.m. - 3:35 p.m.

NARUC’s International Activities: The View from Our Funders

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.

Moderator: Hon. David Danner, Chair, Washington IRC

Panelists:  TBD

Report on NARUC International Programs

Erin Hammel, Director of International Programs, NARUC

3:35 p.m. - 5:00 p.m.

Joint session with the Committee on Energy Resources and the Environment

Rooftop Solar: Is It Really That Difficult?

Although rooftop solar has been expanding rapidly, the United States is sometimes perceived as lagging behind other developed countries in enabling the growth of solar power. This panel will examine whether that perception matches reality.

Moderator: Hon. Nancy Lange, Minnesota


Anne Hoskins, Chief Policy Officer, Sunrun

Varun Sivaram, Council on Foreign Relations

Jens Acker, Counselor, Energy and Climate Policy

Embassy of the Federal Republic of Germany

Representative from Australian Embassy (invited)