Agenda

The VII WFER will consist of four days of work, comprising over 20 activities including keynote lectures, plenary, concurrent and special sessions. This is a unique opportunity to listen to some the most relevant voices in the global energy industry. Download complete agenda

Activities per day


09:00 - 18:00 h

Registration



09:00 - 17:00 h

REGULATORY TRAINING DAY

T1: Basics of Economic Regulation and Regulatory Institutions


  • Why regulation?
  • Basics of Regulation in Network Industries
  • Regulatory Institutions: Design and Performance
  • World Architecture of Regulatory Associations
INSTRUCTORS
Diane Burman
Commissioner of New York State Public Service Commission
Raymond Gorman
Chairman of the New Brunswick Energy & Utilities Board
Annegret Groebel
Vice-President of the Council of European Energy Regulators (CEER)
Francisco Xavier Salazar Díez de Sollano
Coordinator of the International Confederation of Regulators (ICER) and founding partner of Enix, SC.


09:00 - 17:00 h

REGULATORY TRAINING DAY

T2: The Basics of Electricity Regulation


  • Basics of Economic Regulation and Regulatory Institutions
  • Electricity Industry Structures: Competition and Regulation
  • Wholesale Market Design: The Basics
  • Electrification and Renewable Energy Markets
INSTRUCTORS
Jean-Michel Glachant
Director of the Florence School of Regulation
Marcelino Madrigal
Commissioner at Mexico’s Energy Regulatory Commission
Ignacio J. Pérez-Arriaga
Visiting Professor at MIT Energy Initiative and Center for Energy and Environmental Policy Research (CEEPR) Sloan School of Management, MIT
Jorge Vasconcelos
Former Chairman of the Portugal Energy Services Regulatory Entity


09:00 - 17:00 h

REGULATORY TRAINING DAY

T3: The Basics of Natural Gas Market Regulation


  • The Basics of Natural Gas Market Regulation
  • Open Access and Rates in the Gas Industry
  • Natural Gas Supply Security Regulations
  • LPG Market Development Regulation
INSTRUCTORS
Susana Cazorla
Head of LPG Unit of Mexico’s Energy Regulatory Commission (CRE)


15:00 - 17:00 h

1st Steering Committee Meeting (WFER/ICER)



17:00 - 19:00 h

Welcoming Cocktail



09:00 - 10:00 h

Opening - Welcome Address



10:00 - 11:30 h

Plenary: Regulators' response to disruptive technologies and polices


  • How are regulators responding to new technologies? Should regulators remove barriers or incentivize the adoption of new technologies?
  • What are some examples of disruptive innovations that have affected regulatory choices?
  • What have been the short and long-term benefits of enabling or supporting new technologies? How have regulators addressed these issues? Thus far, what are the costs, benefits and results of enabling new technologies?
SPEAKERS
Martin Crouch
Senior Partner in the Office of Gas and Electricity Markets (OFGEM)
Guillermo García Alcocer
Chairman at Mexico´s Energy Regulatory Commission (CRE)
Tatsuo Hatta
Chairman of the Electricity and Gas Market Surveillance Commission of Japan

TECHNICAL COORDINATOR
Susana Cazorla
Head of LPG Unit of Mexico’s Energy Regulatory Commission (CRE)


11:30 - 12:00 h

Networking Break



12:00 - 13:30 h

CONCURRENT SESSION

Energy subsidy reform and sustainability


  • Have lower oil prices facilitated the removal of wholesale subsidies?
  • What coordination mechanisms have been set between utilities, policy makers, and regulators to better implement subsidy removal programs?
  • Is the era of subsidies for renewables over?
  • Are policies and related regulations being implemented to fully phase out subsidies to renewables?
  • Are new technologies being used to more sharply focus subsidies?
SPEAKERS
Vivien Foster
Global Lead and Practice Manager, Energy & Activities, World Bank
Andrés Romero Celedón
Executive Secretary of the National Energy Commission of the Government of Chile
Wolfgang Urbantschitsch
Executive Director at E-Control
Ali Zerouali
Head of International, Cooperation & Development at the Moroccan Agency for Sustainable Energy (MASEN)

MODERATOR
Duncan Wood
Director of the Wilson Center Mexico Institute

TECHNICAL COORDINATOR
Vera Gusenbauer
International Relations and Energy Policy at E-Control


12:00 - 13:30 h

CONCURRENT SESSION

Coordination between competition and energy sector regulators


  • Are there new governance or institutional approaches to coordinate the actions between both regulators and market players, to ensure efficient and speedy decision-making processes?
  • Are there relevant experiences of coordination between multiple energy and competition regulators to deal with crosscutting issues such as power and gas access, and competition?
  • What are the coordination lessons learned from recent landmark competition cases?
SPEAKERS
Cristina Cifuentes
Commissioner of the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC)
Finn Dehlbæk
Director General of the Danish Energy Regulatory Authority (DERA)
José María Marín-Quemada
President of the Spanish Authority for Markets and Competition
Jesús Ignacio Navarro Zermeño
Commissioner of the Federal Economic Competition Commission of Mexico (COFECE)

MODERATOR
Leigh Hancher
Professor at the University of Tilburg

TECHNICAL COORDINATOR
Anne Pearson
Chief Executive Officer of the Australian Energy Market Commission


12:00 - 13:30 h

CONCURRENT SESSION

Empowered consumers: technology driving choice


  • What technology, market design and rate structures options are the new trends in pricing or regulation that facilitate consumers’ decision-making process?
  • Do the choices of individual consumers lead to a system with wide societal benefits; if not, what is the value of consumer choice and how can regulators evaluate this trade-offs when issuing new regulation?
  • What are some innovative technology-based options to pay for services? How have these options facilitated access to energy in both electricity and fuel sectors?
  • Are economy-sharing models arising in the delivery of energy services to final consumers?
SPEAKERS
Patricia De Suzzoni
Director of the French Regulatory Commission of Energy (CRE)
Ahmad Faruqui
Principal at The Brattle Group
Philip Lewis
Chief Executive Officer of Vaassa ETT
Daniel Schmerler
President of the Iberoamerican Association of Energy Regulatory Agencies (ARIAE)

MODERATOR
Ken Quesnelle
Vice Chair of the Ontario Energy Board

TECHNICAL COORDINATOR
James Manda
Technical Manager of the African Forum for Utility Regulators (AFUR)


13:00 - 15:00 h

FREE LUNCH & HLCRT*

* High Level Commissioners' Round Tables (by invitation only)


  • Gas: Regulatory responses to a nascent global LNG market
  • Innovation: How are energy regulators dealing with disruptive technologies?
  • Institutional: Issues on governance and independence of regulators
MODERATOR
Colette Honorable
Partner at Reed Smith LLP Global Energy and Natural Resources Group
Montserrat Ramiro Ximénez
Commissioner of Mexico's Energy Regulatory Commission (CRE)
Jesús Serrano Landeros
Commissioner of Mexico's Energy Regulatory Commission (CRE)


15:00 - 16:30 h

CONCURRENT SESSION

The art of rate making, incentivizing efficient investment and ensuring affordability


  • What innovative approaches have regulators implemented to ensure infrastructure growth in an efficient manner, while keeping services affordable to low income and unprotected consumer classes?
  • What are the most innovative approaches to ensure that subsidies -when needed - are efficient and kept for those who need them and without affecting utilities’ financial performance?
  • What is the role of regulators in ensuring investment plans of regulated segments such as power and gas networks? Is this role efficient and does it help in the affordability of the service?
  • Should regulators pass to consumers, via utilities, the cost of investment in innovation?
SPEAKERS
Paula Conboy
Chair of the Australian Energy Regulator (AER)
Annegret Groebel
Vice-President of the Council of European Energy Regulators (CEER)
Scott Hempling
Adjunct Professor at the Georgetown University Law
Ariel Yépez
Chief of the Energy Division at the Inter-American Development Bank

MODERATOR
Francisco Xavier Salazar Díez de Sollano
Coordinator of the International Confederation of Regulators (ICER) and founding partner of Enix, SC.

TECHNICAL COORDINATOR
Veronica Lenzi
Research and Scientific Manager at the Mediterranean Energy Regulators (MedReg)


15:00 - 16:30 h

CONCURRENT SESSION

Energy storage and regulatory challenges


  • What regulations have been implemented to incentivize storage solutions? How have these regulations been coordinated with policies? Are regulators acting alone on this field?
  • What are the differences and results obtained from different approaches, quota mechanisms and others, such as valuing storage across the value chain?
  • How are storage services being priced in the wholesale markets, ancillary services, and the network segment?
  • What are the technologically- neutral approaches and their results?
SPEAKERS
Tomislav Jurekovic
President of the Board of Commissioners at the Croatian Energy Regulatory Agency (HERA)
Praveen Kathpal
Vice President of AES Energy Storage
John Pierce
Chairman of the Australian Energy Market Commission (AEMC)
Sarah Van Cleve
Energy Policy Advisor for Tesla Motors

MODERATOR
Janice Lin
Founder and Chief Executive Officer of Strategen Consulting

TECHNICAL COORDINATOR
Krisztina Kasza
Program Director at the Energy Regulators Regional Association (ERRA)


15:00 - 16:30 h

CONCURRENT SESSION

What do consumers want? Engaging consumers in the regulatory process


  • How are regulators educating and engaging consumers in the regulatory process so that there is a fair and balanced representation in the decision-making process? For example, rate cases and public hearings.
  • Should regulators be proactive and have a role at organizing consumers associations? What are some of the most interesting cases out there?
  • How to ensure that consumers’ participation is informed, organized and enhances the likelihood of good, efficient regulatory outcomes?
  • What new practices are being implemented in terms of consumer-centered hearings in the different processes by regulators?
SPEAKERS
Monika De Volder
Senior Policy Officer at the European Consumer Organization (BEUC)
Monica Gattinger
Director, Institute for Science, Society and Policy at the University of Ottawa
Yawovi Negbegble
Principal Power Regulatory Officer of the ECOWAS Regional Electricity Regulatory Authority (ERERA)
Ellen Nowak
Chairperson to the Public Service Commission of Wisconsin (PSCW)

MODERATOR
Paul Morgan
Chief Executive Officer at Cayman's New Utility Regulation and Competition Office

TECHNICAL COORDINATOR
Michelle Groves
Chief Executive Officer at the Australian Energy Regulator (AER)


16:30 - 18:00 h

Women in Energy (WIE)
Energy - A key driver for empowering women and growth in the developing world


  • A platform that helps the advancement of women in the energy sector.
  • The focus is to empower women through practical tools seeking to change culture and attitudes.
SPEAKERS
Beatrice Sithole
Representative of Zimbabwe’s Civil Society

MODERATOR
Esther Khosa
Chair of the Zimabawe Energy Regulatory Authority (ZERA)

ANCHORS
Susana Cazorla
Head of LPG Unit of Mexico’s Energy Regulatory Commission (CRE)
Una Shortall
Deputy Secretary General of the Council of European Energy Regulators (CEER)


18:00 - 18:30 h

2nd Steering Committee Meeting (WFER)



09:00 - 10:30 h

Plenary: Distributed generation and consumers. What is the impact on markets and regulation?


  • What is the most recent innovation in the Distributed Generation (DG) system of your country (case study)? What new technologies, business models and regulatory frameworks allow or enable the deployment of DG?
  • What are the best regulatory approaches to integrate DG in a country? Thus far, what are the challenges of implementing these regulations? Moreover, what impact does DG have on energy markets?
  • What will be the future of network regulations and market integration of DG? What are the technical barriers that need to be eliminated for distribution companies? What role will distribution companies play moving forward?
SPEAKERS
Ignacio J. Pérez-Arriaga
Visiting Professor at MIT Energy Initiative and Center for Energy and Environmental Policy Research (CEEPR) Sloan School of Management, MIT
Frauke Thies
Executive Director of Smart Energy Europe, smartEn

MODERATOR
Lord Mogg KCMG
Founding Chair of the International Confederation of Energy Regulators (ICER)

TECHNICAL COORDINATOR
Martin Llerena
Deputy General Director of the Electricity Unit of the Energy Regulatory Commission (CRE)


10:30 - 11:00 h

ICER Distinguished Award


  • Impact on Developing Countries
  • Next Practices


11:00 - 11:30 h

Networking Break



11:30 - 13:00 h

CONCURRENT SESSION

Regulatory response to international oil and gas market volatility


  • Do national energy markets benefit from lower international oil and gas prices? How should regulators respond to new sources of oil and gas supply?
  • Have some markets taken advantage of low gas and oil prices to speed up the development of infrastructure, or phase out less competitive energy supply options?
  • Are energy networks, gas and electricity, across countries more attractive than before? Has the right regulatory framework emerged to take advantage of such opportunities?
  • How should we manage strategic reserves in a global and trade-intensive industry?
SPEAKERS
Gülefsan Demirbas
Vice-president of the Mediterranean Energy Regulators (MEDREG)
Jan Ingwersen
General Manager of the European Network of Transmission System Operators for Gas (ENTSOG)
Laszlo Varro
Chief Economist at the International Energy Agency (IEA)
Juan Carlos Zepeda
Chairman of Mexico’s Hydrocarbons Commission (CNH)

MODERATOR
Bob Orr
Partner in Oliver Wyman’s Oil and Gas

TECHNICAL COORDINATOR
Natalie Mccoy
Head of International Affairs, Energy Service Regulatory Authority (ERSE)


11:30 - 13:00 h

CONCURRENT SESSION

Finding the right mix: grid solutions in the 21st century


  • Should developing countries stop the expansion of high voltage networks and develop only decentralized energy solutions?
  • What are the best business models to make decentralized mini-grids sustainable? Can these small networks be fully self-regulated?
  • How many consumers are served today via off grid energy solutions?
  • What coordination mechanisms should there be between utilities and regulators to identify the best solution -or mix of solutions- for different geographies or areas?
SPEAKERS
German Castro
Executive Director at the Gas and Energy Regulatory Commission (CREG)
Ifey Ikeonu
Energy Policy and Regulation Consultant, and Executive Director at EcoGreen Foundation, Ghana
Maloaré J.G. Soares
Business Unit Director at Siemens Mesoamerica

MODERATOR
Marie-Pierre Fauconnier
Vice President of the Council of European Energy Regulators (CEER)

TECHNICAL COORDINATOR
Geert Van Der Hauwermeiren
European Strategic Advisor at CREG


11:30 - 13:00 h

CONCURRENT SESSION

Serving and protecting low income energy consumers


  • What are the new approaches on targeting subsidies to low income consumers?
  • What regulatory approaches are used to protect low income consumers in developed countries against high price levels and volatility?
  • What does it take to bring electricity to 100% of the population when affordability is out of reach for many consumers?
  • Does affordable access to energy drive economic development and income? Will universal access always require subsidy support policies while income rises?
  • What can recent access success stories tell us about the right pricing approaches to ensure the grown of access growth to power, natural gas or other energy services?
SPEAKERS
Mohammad Maayah
Head of the Electrical Energy Section at the Energy and Minerals Regulatory Commission (EMRC)
Foibe Namene
Chief Executive Officer at the Electricity Control Board
Rosemary Sinclair
Chief Executive Officer of the Energy Consumers Australia

MODERATOR
Luigi Carbone
Chair of the Consultative Section for Normative Acts at the Council State of Italy

TECHNICAL COORDINATOR
Viive Sawler
Stakeholder Relations at Ontario Energy Board


13:00 - 14:30 h

FREE LUNCH & HLCRT*

* High Level Commissioners' Round Tables (by invitation only)


  • Electricity: Regulating and monitoring zero-variable-cost power markets of the future
  • Gender Balance: Roles and responsibilities of female commissioners in a male-centric industry
  • Judicial: Relationship between regulators and the judiciary (dispute resolution)
MODERATOR
Luigi Carbone
Chair of the Consultative Section for Normative Acts at the Council State of Italy
Marcelino Madrigal
Commissioner at Mexico’s Energy Regulatory Commission
Montserrat Ramiro Ximénez
Commissioner of Mexico's Energy Regulatory Commission (CRE)


14:30 - 16:00 h

CONCURRENT SESSION

Market signals driving consumer behavior


  • Have new technologies facilitated the integration of consumers with real time electricity markets? What is the last evidence? What are the lesson learned, success factors and challenges?
  • Are new business models emerging to facilitate consumers´ decision choices? Has the internet of things, and data analytics, already changed how consumers behave?
  • What are regulators doing to protect consumers -when needed- and what incentives are available for more efficient pricing options?
  • Are real-time retail pricing options incentivizing proper consumer behavior and materializing their benefits?
  • Are there innovative approaches and technologies facilitating the delivery of fuel or electricity to lower income consumers?
SPEAKERS
Wijdan AlRabadi
Vice President of the Mediterranean Energy Regulators (MedReg)
Gary Bennett
Vice President & General Manager at Honeywell - Smart Energy
Fernando Hernández
Electricity Director at the National Commission on Markets and Competition (CNMC)
Alberto Pototschnig
First Director of the European Agency for the Cooperation of Energy Regulators (ACER)

MODERATOR
Alexandre Santos
Chairman of the Mediterranean Energy Regulators (MedReg)

TECHNICAL COORDINATOR
Christian Luhr
Chief of the Bidding Unit at the National Energy Commission (ARIAE)


14:30 - 16:00 h

CONCURRENT SESSION

Cybersecurity: keeping our infrastructure safe


  • What are the risks globally, regionally, and nationally of cybersecurity attacks, and what should regulators know about cybersecurity?
  • What are some of the best practices of energy regulators to prevent risks?
  • What actions have energy regulators taken? For example, assessing risks, mandating standards for infrastructure operators, and instituting new computer protocols.
  • Is there a role for international cooperation among energy regulators to better understand the risks and assess strategies?
SPEAKERS
Stefano Bracco
Knowledge Manager- Team Leader of the Security Office in the Director´s Office at Agency for the Cooperation of Energy Regulators (ACER)
James M. Shannon
President of International Electrotechnical Commission (IEC)

MODERATOR
Sonya Twohig
Head of System Operations and Network Code Implementation, ENTSO-E

TECHNICAL COORDINATOR
Erin Hammel
Director of International Programs at the National Association of Regulatory Utility Commission (NARUC)


14:30 - 16:00 h

CONCURRENT SESSION

Role of regulators in city level energy solutions


  • How have regulators engaged with cities to support their infrastructure transformation? For example, enabling green buildings, electric charging stations, heating, etc.
  • Do regulators apply special rate-making procedures to accommodate consumers?
  • Have specific regulations been issued to support city level policy driven micro-grids, community or collective distributed energy resources and others?
  • Will growing demand in cities require major shifts on how city level infrastructure is regulated?
SPEAKERS
Jorge Londoño de La Cuesta
Director General of the Public Enterprises of Medellin
Rex Parris
Mayor of Lancaster

TECHNICAL COORDINATOR
Guillermo Zúñiga
Commissioner at Mexico’s Energy Regulatory Commission (CRE)


16:00 - 16:30 h

Networking Break



16:30 - 17:30 h

Keynote Lecture I



19:00 - 22:00 h

Gala Evening



09:00 - 10:30 h

CONCURRENT SESSION

Implementing decarbonization policies


  • Are regulators on track to support enacted government policies aimed at grid decarbonization? Do regulators have all the tools to implement such policies, and what have been the lessons learned?
  • Are there any strategies that have worked better than others? For instance, which market mechanisms have proven to be more effective and efficient: auction, certificated markets, etc.?
  • Have there been any challenges in implementing such policies?
  • How are regulators dealing -when it is an issue - with stranded assets? What has been the impact on prices?
SPEAKERS
David Hochschild
Commissioner of the California Energy Commission
Jack Mintz
President’s Fellow of the School of Public Policy at the University of Calgary
Anne Pearson
Chief Executive Officer of the Australian Energy Market Commission
Salvatore Vinci
Head of Partnerships and Technical Advisory Services at the International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA)

MODERATOR
Gloria Magombo
Chairperson at the Regional Electricity Regulators Association of Southern Africa (RERA)

TECHNICAL COORDINATOR
Elijah C. Sichone
Executive Secretary at the Regulators Energy Regional Association (RERA)


09:00 - 10:30 h

CONCURRENT SESSION

Business and regulatory models in the era of distributed generation


  • Value bases pricing of distributed generation, theory vs practice – what are the most innovative approaches in use with tangible results?
  • What are the approaches to integrate distributed resources into energy markets, value through price, and their contribution to various system services?
  • New business models for distribution utilities have already been implemented. Have new cost of recovery mechanisms and rates been implemented?
  • Are new trading models emerging to commercialize the products of distributed generation?
SPEAKERS
Lorraine H. Akiba
Commissioner at the Hawaii Public Utilities Commission
Amory B. Lovins
Cofounder and Chief Scientist of the Rocky Mountain Institute
Francis Bradley
Chief Operating Officer of the Canadian Electricity Association
Carmen Urizar
Private Consultant and former President of the Electric Energy National Commission (CNEE)

MODERATOR
Garrett Blaney
President of Europe’s Council of European Energy Regulators (CEER) and Chair of the Board of Regulators of the European Union’s Agency for the Cooperation of Energy Regulators (ACER)

TECHNICAL COORDINATOR
Martin Llerena
Deputy General Director of the Electricity Unit of the Energy Regulatory Commission (CRE)


09:00 - 10:30 h

CONCURRENT SESSION

Regulatory governance and performance


  • How are regulators measuring their performance and to whom do they report? What are the new approaches to evaluating regulatory performance, are other parties involved?
  • What are the coordination and independence mechanisms between regulators and policy makers? For example, recent lessons learned and new governance approaches.
  • What are the best practices for internal governance by regulators?
  • What are the roles and responsibilities of staff and governing bodies?
  • What are the new approaches to achieve balanced representation in the regulatory
SPEAKERS
Janice A. Beecher
Director of the Institute of Public Utilities at Michigan State University
Carlos de Regules Ruíz-Funes
Executive Director of the National Agency for Safety, Energy and Environment of Mexico (ASEA)
Jacob Modise
Chairman of the National Energy Regulator of South Africa (NERSA)
Faisal Naru
Senior Economic Advisor in the Public Governance and Territorial Development Directorate of the OECD

MODERATOR
Rolands Irklis
Chairman of the Public Utilities Commission of Latvia

TECHNICAL COORDINATOR
Una Shortall
Deputy Secretary General of the Council of European Energy Regulators (CEER)


10:30 - 11:00 h

Networking Break



11:00 - 12:00 h

Keynote Lecture II



12:00 - 13:00 h

Plenary: Utility business models and new technologies for energy access. To grid or not to grid?


  • What are the business and enabling regulatory models for access provision with small scale distributed solutions? Are these models sustainable? Is the era of large transmission utilities over?
  • Is there a “one-size-fits-all solution”? Should low access countries forget about building high voltage grids? Are these countries able to provide affordable and sustainable services without large interconnected grids?
  • What are the reliability implications and its regulation for smaller and larger grids?
SPEAKERS
John Betkoski
Chairman of the International Confederation of Energy Regulators (ICER)
Jaime Hernández
General Director of the Federal Electricity Commission
Pavel Robert Oimeke
Acting General Director of the Energy Regulatory Commission (ERC)

TECHNICAL COORDINATOR
Marcelino Madrigal
Commissioner at Mexico’s Energy Regulatory Commission


13:30 - 14:30 h

Closing Ceremony and Farewell Reception



14:30 - 15:30 h

ICER Working Groups