Committee on International Relations

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Sunday, February 14, 2016

10:00 a.m. - 11:00 a.m.
Around the World with NARUC (Commissioners and Staff)
Join NARUC’s International Programs to learn more about how you can apply your skills to help solve some of the major energy problems facing emerging economies. During this informal information session, NARUC staff will take you “around the world” and share how NARUC members are making a difference in Africa, Eastern Europe, Asia, and elsewhere through collaboration with partners at home and abroad. If you’ve ever wanted to learn more about how to participate in NARUC’s international activities, this is the time to do it.

Moderator: NARUC International Department
Congressional Ballroom
1:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m.
Committee on International Relations (closed session from 1:00 - 2:30)
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Congressional Ballroom
1:00 p.m. - 1:05 p.m.
Welcome and Introductions

Moderator: Hon. Anne Hoskins, Maryland
Hon. Kenneth Hill, Tennessee
Hon. Murray Doehler, Nova Scotia


1:05 p.m. - 2:15 p.m.
Watt’s In Your Rate: A Demonstration of NARUC International’s Interactive Energy Simulation
CLOSED SESSION (Commissioners and Staff only)

Implementing cost-reflective tariffs is a crucial factor in establishing financially viable electricity sectors and creating an environment that promotes private infrastructure investment. With the support of the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) Bureau for Economic Growth, Education, and Environment (E3), NARUC developed this innovative training that blends capacity building with scenario-based simulation to explore regulatory decision making and cost-reflective tariffs.

This training is designed to build the capacity of the regulator to review and approve electricity rates proposed by electricity utilities in the fictional country of Wulanda. As a participant, you will work in small teams with your fellow regulators to create the regulatory framework and balance competing priorities. Teams will debate real-world challenges and analyze how different regulatory choices impact customers, businesses, utilities, and the environment.

NARUC’s International Programs staff has offered this training in Nigeria, Tanzania, and elsewhere to provide a foundational understanding of tariffs, ratemaking, and how to build consensus among stakeholders. By engaging all stakeholders in the energy sector, the training provides a platform for dialogue and can build understanding on how important cost-reflective tariffs are to the long-term strength of emerging economies.

Moderator: NARUC International Staff


2:30 p.m. - 2:40 p.m.
Business Meeting
Minutes, resolutions, other business

Moderator: Hon. Anne Hoskins, Maryland


2:40 p.m. - 3:15 p.m.
Terry Barnich Award Presentation
The Terry Barnich Award for Promoting International Cooperation Among Utility Regulators and Development of Professional Regulation is the highest honor bestowed by the NARUC Committee on international Relations. The award is presented annually to Commissioners or staff from State regulatory bodies or affiliated organizations and honors outstanding contributions to NARUC's international efforts. The award honors the memory of the former Chairman of the Illinois Commerce Commission (1989 to 1992), Terrence "Terry" Barnich, who was killed on Memorial Day, May 25, 2009, while working as the Deputy Director of the State Department office overseeing U.S. reconstruction projects in Iraq. He was a dedicated public servant and an active NARUC member.

Moderator: Hon. Anne Hoskins, Maryland


3:15 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.
The Future of Israel's Natural Gas Infrastructure

Israel has, for many years, been considered an "energy island.” Until recently, Israel relied primarily on imported coal to fuel its base load electric power generation. Recently, Israel has discovered large offshore domestic natural gas deposits. Can and should Israel shift away from its current energy structure to more reliance on both imported and domestic natural gas as a way to meet future demand for electricity for its growing economy? Israel will need to make smart natural gas investment decisions in the near future while considering likely future levels of demand, the costs and availability of sources of fuel supply, security of fuel supply, future development of alternative technologies, reliability, environmental effects, and land use. This panel will explore the history and current state of natural gas in Israel.

Moderator: Hon. Diane Burman, New York
William F. Hederman, Senior Advisor to the Secretary, U. S. Department of Energy
Brenda Shaffer, Visiting Professor, Georgetown University
Barry Smitherman, Partner, Vinson & Elkins
Nick Welch, Director, International Government Relations and Communications, Noble Energy, Inc.


4:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m.
International Exchange Roundtable
Join NARUC staff and representatives of other entities for a discussion of opportunities and challenges in international exchanges in utility development and regulation.

Moderator: Hon. Kenneth Hill, Tennessee
Erin Hammel, Director of International Programs, NARUC
Stephanie Duran, Director for International and External Partnerships, Office of Clean Coal and Carbon Management, US Department of Energy
Will Polen, Senior Director for Europe and Eurasia, US Energy Association