About

The World Forum on Energy Regulation (WFER) is the leading international conference on energy regulation, held only once every three years. Key energy industry players, high-level policymakers, academics and regulators from all over the world gather here to engage in strategic and meaningful conversations.

Discussions on regulatory frameworks and best practices are led under the framework of the International Confederation of Energy Regulators (ICER). ICER is a voluntary cooperation mechanism between energy regulators from around the globe, comprising more than 200 regulatory authorities, represented by national and regional associations. ICER’s main goal is to improve public and policy-maker awareness and understanding of energy regulation and its role in addressing a wide spectrum of socio-economic, environmental and market issues.

"Regulating in a Time of Innovation"

The VII WFER will focus on disruptive innovations which are currently transforming the fundamentals of the energy value chain worldwide. VII WFER sessions will address the forefronts of regulation in a time of innovation, within the following pillars: empowered consumers, dynamic markets and sustainable infrastructure.

This edition of the forum is particularly interested in promoting the empowerment of women in the energy sector, by streamlining gender perspective in all of its activities. VII WFER will include some of the most powerful female voices in the energy sector.

Empowered
Consumers

The essence of this pillar is to discuss how new technologies are giving consumers more service options, enabling them to better use energy resources, and helping achieve universal energy access. For example, just in the developing world, 1.2 billion people who do not have access to energy may benefit of this range of options favoring energy democratization. Overall, this Forum wants to address how disruptive technologies are challenging traditional utility models, making regulators respond to the needs of more proactive users in the light of more dynamic markets.

Dynamic
Markets

This pillar will discuss how technology breakthroughs and the rapid expansion of new players in the energy sector are making markets more diverse and competitive. In a time of increasingly interconnected economies, one of the objectives of this forum’s edition is to explore how the shift towards new technologies, such as distributed generation or energy storage, is directly shaping the world’s energy mix.

Sustainable
Infrastructure

This pillar acknowledges infrastructure as a necessary condition for energy access and sustainability. Energy infrastructure owners, operators and governments are feeling more concerned about securing energy assets. Energy regulators around the globe are seeking for the right instruments to guarantee operational security for electricity and hydrocarbons networks. Moving toward smart, decentralized, resilient and cyber-secure energy networks requires both national and international cooperation; building infrastructure across borders in order to share resources, can drive growth and lead the transition to lower carbon grids.

Goals

  • Gender Perspective

    To enrich all conversations by streamlining gender perspective in all the activities, which will include some of the most powerful female voices in the energy sector

  • Global Reach

    To present a diverse and multicultural group of experts, making sure every region is represented and both developed and developing perspectives are heard

  • Sectorial Balance

    To include in the different sessions key players from diverse backgrounds to discuss how innovations are currently transforming the fundamentals of the entire energy value chain

WFER in the past

  • WFER I Montreal
  • 21-24 May 2000
  • WFER III Washington
  • 8-11 October 2006
  • WFER IV Athens
  • 18-21 Oct 2009
  • WFER V Québec
  • 13-16 May 2012