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. Translation services available in Spanish and French for select sessions. Dress code: Business Casual.

Activities per day


08:00 - 18:00 h

Floor: Ground


Room: Main entrance

Registration



09:00 - 17:00 h

Floor: 2


Room: Isla Mujeres

REGULATORY TRAINING DAY*

T1: The Basics of Economic Regulation and Regulatory Institutions


  • Why regulate?
  • Basics of Regulation in Network Industries
  • Regulatory Institutions: Design and Performance
  • World Architecture of Regulatory Associations

*Closed.

INSTRUCTORS
Raymond Gorman
Chairperson of the New Brunswick Energy and Utilities Board, Canada
Annegret Groebel
Vice President of the Council of European Energy Regulators (CEER), Germany
Diane X. Burman
Commissioner of New York State Public Service Commission, USA


09:00 - 17:00 h

Floor: 2


Room: Cobá

REGULATORY TRAINING DAY*

T2: The Basics of Electricity Regulation


  • The basics of the Electricity Industry
  • Electricity Industry Structures: Competition and Regulation
  • Wholesale Market Design: The Basics
  • Electrification and Renewable Energy Markets

*Closed.

INSTRUCTORS
Jean-Michel Glachant
Director of the Florence School of Regulation, Italy
Marcelino Madrigal
Commissioner of the Energy Regulatory Commission (CRE), Mexico
Ignacio J. PĂ©rez-Arriaga
Visiting Professor MIT Sloan School of Management, Training Director at the Florence School of Regulation, Professor Comillas University, Spain
Jorge Vasconcelos
Former Chairman of the Portugal Energy Services Regulatory Entity, Energy Advisor at the Florence School of Regulation Chairman of New Energy Solutions (NEWES), Portugal


09:00 - 17:00 h

Floor: 2


Room: Isla Mujeres

REGULATORY TRAINING DAY*

T3: The Basics of Gas Market Regulation


  • The Natural Gas Industry
  • Open Access and Rates in the Gas Industry
  • Natural Gas Supply Security Regulations
  • LPG Market Development Regulation

*Closed.

INSTRUCTORS
Susana Cazorla
Head of LPG Unit at Energy Regulatory Commission (CRE), Mexico
Bruno Liebhaberg
Director General of the Centre on Regulation in Europe (CERRE), Belgium
Andrew Place
Vice Chairman of the Pennsylvania Public Utilities Commission, USA
Clara Poletti
Head of the Regulation Department at the Regulatory Authority for Electricity, Gas and Water, Italy


15:00 - 17:00 h

Floor: 2


Room: Contoy

1st Steering Committee Meeting (WFER/ICER)



17:00 - 19:00 h

Floor: 2


Room: Akumal Terrace

Welcome Cocktail



07:30 - 18:00 h

Floor: Ground


Room: Main entrance

Registration



09:00 - 10:00 h

Floor: 3


Room: Gran Cancun

Opening - Welcome Address


SPEAKERS
Guillermo GarcĂ­a Alcocer
Chairman of the Energy Regulatory Commission (CRE), Mexico
Una Shortall
Deputy Secretary General of the Council of European Energy Regulators (CEER), Ireland
John Betkoski
Chairman of the International Confederation of Energy Regulators (ICER), USA
Carlos Joaquín González
The Governor of Quintana Roo State, Mexico
Pedro JoaquĂ­n Coldwell
Minister of Energy, Mexico


10:00 - 11:30 h

Floor: 3


Room: Gran Cancun

Plenary: Regulators' response to disruptive technologies and policies


  • How do regulators respond to new technologies? Should regulators remove barriers or incentivize the adoption of new technologies?
  • What are some examples of disruptive innovations that have impacted regulatory choices?
  • 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), UK
Guillermo GarcĂ­a Alcocer
Chairman of the Energy Regulatory Commission (CRE), Mexico
Tatsuo Hatta
Chairman of the Electricity and Gas Market Surveillance Commission, Japan
Kevin McIntyre
Chairman of the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission, USA

MODERATOR
Phindile Baleni
Director General of the Gauteng Office of the Premier, South Africa

TECHNICAL COORDINATOR
Susana Cazorla
Head of LPG Unit at Energy Regulatory Commission (CRE), Mexico


11:30 - 12:00 h

Networking Break



12:00 - 13:30 h

Floor: 2


Room: Cozumel II

CONCURRENT SESSION

Energy subsidy reform and sustainability


  • Have lower oil prices facilitated the removal of wholesale subsidies?
  • Coordination mechanisms between utilities, policy makers, and regulators that better implement subsidy removal programs.
  • Is the era of subsidies for renewables over?
  • Are new technologies being used to more sharply focus subsidies?
SPEAKERS
VerĂłnica Irastorza
Associate Director at NERA Economic Consulting, Mexico
Andrés Romero Celedón
Executive Secretary of the National Energy Commission, Chile
Wolfgang Urbantschitsch
Executive Director of the E-Control, Austria

MODERATOR
Duncan Wood
Director of the Wilson Center Mexico Institute, USA

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


12:00 - 13:30 h

Floor: 2


Room: Cozumel I

CONCURRENT SESSION

Coordination between competition and energy sector regulators


  • Are there new governmental or institutional approaches to coordinating actions between regulators and market players, to ensure efficient and speedy decision-making processes?
  • Relevant experiences of coordination between multiple energy and competition regulators with crosscutting issues such as power and gas access, and competition.
  • Coordination lessons learned from recent landmark competition cases.
SPEAKERS
Mariano Bacigalupo Saggese
Advisor to the National Commission on Markets and Competition (CNMC), Spain
Cristina Cifuentes
Commissioner of the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC), Australia
Finn Dehlbæk
Director General of the Danish Energy Regulatory Authority (DERA), Denmark
Ignacio Navarro Zermeño
Commissioner of the Federal Economic Competition Commission (COFECE), Mexico

MODERATOR
Leigh Hancher
Professor at the University of Tilburg, Netherlands

TECHNICAL COORDINATOR
Shari Boyd
Director of the Australian Energy Market Commission (AEMC), Australia


12:00 - 13:30 h

Floor: 1


Room: Costa Maya

CONCURRENT SESSION

Empowered consumers: technology driving choice


  • Trends in pricing that facilitate consumer decision-making: Technology, market design and rate structures.
  • Do individual consumer choices lead to a system with wide societal benefits? If not, what is the value of consumer choice? How can we evaluate trade-offs when issuing new regulation?
  • Service payment and technology. How have new 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 Regulatory Commission of Energy (CRE), France
Agustin J. Ros
Principal at The Brattle Group, USA
Philip Lewis
Founder & Chief Executive Officer of VaasaETT, Finland
Daniel Schmerler Vainstein
President of the Iberoamerican Association of Energy Regulatory Agencies (ARIAE) and President of OSINERGMIN, Peru

MODERATOR
Ken Quesnelle
Vice Chair of the Ontario Energy Board, Canada

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


13:30 - 15:00 h

Floor: 2


Room: Isla Mujeres

LUNCH TIME & HLCRT*

High Level Commissioner Round Tables


  • Gas: Regulatory responses to a nascent global LNG market
  • Innovation: How are energy regulators dealing with disruptive technologies?
  • Independence: Issues on governance and independence of regulators

*By invitation only. Interested former or current commissioners, please contact wfermexico@cre.gob.mx

MODERATOR
Colette Honorable
Partner at Reed Smith LLP Global Energy and Natural Resources Group, USA
Montserrat Ramiro Ximénez
Commissioner of the Energy Regulatory Commission (CRE), Mexico
JesĂşs Serrano Landeros
Commissioner of the Energy Regulatory Commission (CRE), Mexico


13:30 - 15:00 h

Floor: 2


Room: Coba

Special session - The Unforeseen Outcomes of a 100% Renewable Portfolio Standard


SPEAKERS
Chris Lee
Representative of the Hawaii State Legislature, USA

TECHNICAL COORDINATOR
Hermann Tribukait
Mexico Energy Innovation Funds & Mission Innovation, MĂ©xico.


15:00 - 16:30 h

Floor: 2


Room: Cozumel II

CONCURRENT SESSION

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


  • Efficient infrastructure growth while keeping services affordable to low income and unprotected consumer classes.
  • Ensuring that subsidies -when needed - are efficient and kept for those who need them without affecting utilities’ financial performance.
  • The role of regulators in ensuring investment plans of regulated segments such as power and gas networks: its efficiency and effect on affordability.
  • Should regulators pass to consumers, via utilities, the cost of investment in innovation?
SPEAKERS
Paula Conboy
Chair of the Australian Energy Regulator (AER), Australia
Annegret Groebel
Vice President of the Council of European Energy Regulators (CEER), Germany
Scott Hempling
Adjunct Professor at the Georgetown University Law, USA
Ariel YĂ©pez
Chief of the Energy Division at the Inter-American Development Bank, Mexico

MODERATOR
Francisco Xavier Salazar DĂ­ez de Sollano
Coordinator of the International Confederation of Energy Regulators (ICER) and founding partner of Enix, Mexico

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


15:00 - 16:30 h

Floor: 2


Room: Cozumel I

CONCURRENT SESSION

Energy storage and regulatory challenges


  • Incentivizing storage solutions, policy coordination and the role of regulators.
  • Storage models and their results, quota mechanisms and valuing storage across the value chain.
  • How are storage services priced in wholesale markets, ancillary services, and the network segment?
  • Technologically- neutral approaches and their results.
SPEAKERS
John Pierce
Chairman of the Australian Energy Market Commission (AEMC), Australia
Montserrat Ramiro Ximénez
Commissioner of the Energy Regulatory Commission (CRE), Mexico
Sarah Van Cleve
Energy Policy Advisor to Tesla Motors, USA
John Zahurancik
Chief Operating Officer of Fluence, USA

MODERATOR
Janice Lin
Founder and Chief Executive Officer of Strategen Consulting, USA

TECHNICAL COORDINATOR
Krisztina Kasza
Program Director of the Energy Regulators Regional Association (ERRA), Hungary


15:00 - 16:30 h

Floor: 1


Room: Costa Maya

CONCURRENT SESSION

What do consumers want? Engaging consumers in the regulatory process


  • How are regulators educating and engaging consumers in the regulatory process to create fair and balanced representation in the decision-making process? For example, rate cases and public hearings.
  • Should regulators be proactive and have a role in organizing consumer associations? Some interesting cases.
  • How to ensure that consumers’ participation is informed, organized and enhances the likelihood of good, efficient regulatory outcomes?
  • New practices in consumer-centered hearings, throughout the regulation processes.
SPEAKERS
Monika De Volder
Senior Policy Officer at the European Consumer Organization (BEUC), Belgium
Monica Gattinger
Director of the Institute for Science, Society and Policy at the University of Ottawa, Canada
Travis Kavulla
Vice Chairman of the Montana Public Service Commission, USA
Yawovi Negbegble
Principal Power Regulatory Officer of the ECOWAS Regional Electricity Regulatory Authority (ERERA), Ghana

MODERATOR
J Paul Morgan
Chief Executive Officer of the Cayman's New Utility Regulation and Competition Office, Cayman Islands

TECHNICAL COORDINATOR
Angela Bourke
Director of the Australian Energy Regulator (AER), Australia


16:30 - 18:00 h

Floor: 3


Room: Gran Cancun

WOMEN IN ENERGY (WIE)

Energy - A key driver for empowering women and growth in the developing world


  • Ensuring access to “affordable, reliable, sustainable and modern energy for all by 2030” is one of 17 sustainable development goals agreed by world leaders in 2015.
  • This goal requires the right support frameworks and partners to unlock the finances to lift 1 billion people (who currently do not have access to electricity) out of energy poverty.
  • This panel, organised within the framework of the Women in Energy initiative of the International Confederation of the Energy Regulators (ICER), focuses on women’s empowerment through energy.

  • Some of the questions to be tackled:

  • Why is access to electricity and machinery so important to women and their empowerment?
  • What barriers do households in the developing world face for universal access to energy?
  • Are there energy projects that village women are carrying out?
  • What more can regulators, companies and sponsors do to ensure access to energy for all?
SPEAKERS
Christina Espinosa
Cofounder and CEO of the GenteGas SA, USA
Bevan Flansburg
Deputy Director of International Programs of NARUC, USA
Kathleen Riviere-Smith
Executive Director of the Organisation of Caribbean Utility Regulators (OOCUR), Bahamas
Aida Sitdikova
Director of Energy & Natural Resources at the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD), Russia
Beatrice Sithole
Representative of Zimbabwe’s Civil Society, Zimbabwe

MODERATOR
Ester Khosa
Chair of the Zimbabwe Energy Regulatory Authority (ZERA), Zimbabwe

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


18:00 - 18:30 h

Floor: 2


Room: Contoy

2nd Steering Committee Meeting (WFER/ICER)



08:00 - 17:00 h

Floor: Ground


Room: Main entrance

Registration



09:00 - 10:30 h

Floor: 3


Room: Gran Cancun

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


  • Case studies: What is the most recent innovation in the Distributed Generation (DG) system of your country? What new technologies, business models and regulatory frameworks allow or enable the deployment of DG?
  • Best regulatory approaches, challenges to, and impacts of DG integration.
  • The future of network regulations and DG market integration: what are the technical barriers that need to be eliminated for distribution companies? What role will distribution companies play moving forward?
SPEAKERS
Thomas J. Starrs
Vice president of SunPower Corporation, USA
Anand Kumar
Chair of the Gujarat Electricity Regulatory Commission (GERC), India
Ignacio J. PĂ©rez-Arriaga
Visiting Professor MIT Sloan School of Management, Training Director at the Florence School of Regulation, Professor Comillas University, Spain
Frauke Thies
Executive Director of Smart Energy Europe, smartEn, Belgium

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

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


10:30 - 11:00 h

Floor: 3


Room: Gran Cancun

ICER Distinguished Scholar Award


  • Impact on Developing Countries
  • Next Practices


11:00 - 11:30 h

Networking Break



11:30 - 13:00 h

Floor: 2


Room: Cozumel I

CONCURRENT SESSION

Regulatory response to international oil and gas market volatility


  • Do lower international oil and gas prices benefit national energy markets?
  • Regulator response to new sources of oil and gas supply.
  • Have some markets taken advantage of low gas and oil prices to speed development of infrastructure, or phase out less competitive energy supply options?
  • Are gas and electricity energy networks across countries more attractive than before? Has the right regulatory framework emerged to take advantage of such opportunities?
  • Managing strategic reserves in a global and trade-intensive industry?
SPEAKERS
GĂĽlefsan Demirbas
Vice President of the Mediterranean Energy Regulators (MEDREG), Turkey
Jan Ingwersen
General Manager of the European Network of Transmission System Operators for Gas (ENTSOG), Belgium
David Madero
Chief Executive Officer of the National Control Center for Natural Gas in Mexico (CENAGAS), Mexico
Laszlo Varro
Chief Economist at the International Energy Agency (IEA), Hungary

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

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


11:30 - 13:00 h

Floor: 2


Room: Cozumel II

CONCURRENT SESSION

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


  • Weighing the costs and benefits in developing countries: expansion of high voltage networks vs. decentralized energy solutions.
  • Best business models for sustainable decentralized minigrids. Can these small networks be fully self-regulated?
  • How many consumers are served today via off grid energy solutions?
  • What coordination mechanisms should be implemented between utilities and regulators to identify the best solution -or mix of solutions- for different geographies or areas?
SPEAKERS
Germán Castro
Executive Director at the Gas and Energy Regulatory Commission (CREG), Colombia
Ifey Ikeonu
Energy Policy and Regulation Consultant, and Executive Director at EcoGreen Foundation, Ghana
Maloaré J.G. Soares
Business Unit Director at Siemens Mesoamerica, Mexico
Katya Somohano Silva
Chief Executive Officer of CFE Calificados, Mexico

MODERATOR
Marie-Pierre Fauconnier
Vice President for International Relations of the Council of European Energy Regulators (CEER), Belgium

TECHNICAL COORDINATOR
Geert Van Der Hauwermeiren
European Strategic Advisor at the Commission of Electricity and Gas Regulation (CREG), Belgium


11:30 - 13:00 h

Floor: 1


Room: Costa Maya

CONCURRENT SESSION

Serving and protecting low income energy consumers


  • New approaches on targeting subsidies to low income consumers.
  • What regulatory approaches are used to protect low income consumers in developing countries against high price levels and volatility?
  • When affordability is out of reach for many consumers, what does it take to bring electricity to 100% of the population?
  • Does affordable energy access 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 growth of access to power, natural gas or other energy services?
SPEAKERS
Josche Muth
Coordinator of the German-Mexican Energy Partnership, Mexico
Foibe Namene
Chief Executive Officer at the Electricity Control Board, Namibia
Rosemary Sinclair
Chief Executive Officer of the Energy Consumers, Australia
Anne Vadasz Nilsson
Director General of the Swedish Energy Markets Inspectorate, Sweden

MODERATOR
Luigi Carbone
Chair of the Jurisdictional Chamber at the Supreme Administrative Court, Italy


13:00 - 14:30 h

Floor: 2*


Room: ĂŤsla Mujeres*

LUNCH TIME & HLCRT*

High Level Commissioner Round Tables


  • 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.
  • Dispute Resolution: Relationship between regulators and the judiciary.

*By invitation only. Interested former or current commissioners, please contact wfermexico@cre.gob.mx

MODERATOR
Luigi Carbone
Chair of the Jurisdictional Chamber at the Supreme Administrative Court, Italy
Marcelino Madrigal
Commissioner of the Energy Regulatory Commission (CRE), Mexico
Montserrat Ramiro Ximénez
Commissioner of the Energy Regulatory Commission (CRE), Mexico


13:00 - 14:30 h

Floor: 2


Room: Coba

Special session - Disruptive Energy Futures


SPEAKERS
Amory B. Lovins
Cofounder and Chief Scientist at the Rocky Mountain Institute, USA

TECHNICAL COORDINATOR
Hermann Tribukait
Mexico Energy Innovation Funds & Mission Innovation, MĂ©xico.


14:30 - 16:00 h

Floor: 1


Room: Costa Maya

CONCURRENT SESSION

Market signals driving consumer behavior


  • Have new technologies facilitated the integration of consumers with real time electricity markets? Latest evidence, lessons learnt, success factors and challenges.
  • Emerging business models that facilitate consumer choice: 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?
  • Innovative approaches and technologies facilitating fuel or electricity delivery to lower income consumers.
SPEAKERS
Gary Bennett
Vice President and General Manager of Honeywell - Smart Energy, USA
Fernando Hernández
Director-General for Energy of the National Commission on Markets and Competition (CNMC), Spain
Karine Monteiro
Commissioner of the Economic Regulation Agency, Cape Verde
Alberto Pototschnig
First Director of the European Agency for the Cooperation of Energy Regulators (ACER), Italy

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

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


14:30 - 16:00 h

Floor: 2


Room: Cozumel II

CONCURRENT SESSION

Cybersecurity: keeping our infrastructure safe


  • What are the global, regional, and national risks of cybersecurity attacks, and what should regulators know about cybersecurity?
  • Best risk prevention practices of energy regulators.
  • Proactive regulators: 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 at the Security Office in the Director´s Office at the Agency for the Cooperation of Energy Regulators (ACER), Italy
James M. Shannon
President of the International Electrotechnical Commission (IEC), USA
Janet Sena
Senior Vice President and Director of Policy and External Affairs of North American Electric Reliability Corporation (NERC), USA

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

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


14:30 - 16:00 h

Floor: 2


Room: Cozumel I

CONCURRENT SESSION

Role of regulators in city level energy solutions


  • Examples of engagement with cities to promote infrastructure transformation. 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 microgrids, community or collective distributed energy resources and others?
  • Will growing urban demand require major shifts in city level infrastructure regulation.
SPEAKERS
Chris Lee
Representative of the Hawaii State Legislature, USA
Diane X. Burman
Commissioner of New York State Public Service Commission, USA
Jorge Yepes
Regulatory Manager of the Public Enterprises of Medellin (EPM), Colombia

MODERATOR
OdĂłn de Buen
Director-General of the National Commission for the Efficient Use of Energy (Conuee), Mexico

TECHNICAL COORDINATOR
Guillermo Zúñiga
Commissioner of the Energy Regulatory Commission (CRE), Mexico


16:00 - 16:30 h

Networking Break



16:00 - 16:30 h

Floor: PB


Room: Main entrance

Official Photograph



16:30 - 17:30 h

Floor: 3


Room: Gran Cancun

Keynote Lecture I: Trends in clean energy and transportation: a briefing for regulators


SPEAKERS
Michael Liebreich
Chairman and CEO of Liebreich Associates, UK


19:00 - 22:00 h

Address: Carretera Chetumal-Puerto Juarez Km. 282, Solidaridad,77710 Playa del Carmen, Q.R.


Xcaret Event


  • Transportation available. Departure from Grand Fiesta Americana Coral Beach Cancun at 18:30h.


08:00 - 12:00 h

Floor: Ground


Room: Main entrance

Registration



09:00 - 10:30 h

Floor: 1


Room: Costa Maya

CONCURRENT SESSION

Implementing decarbonization policies


  • Are regulators on track with enacted government policies aimed at grid decarbonization? Do regulators have all the tools to implement such policies, and what have been the lessons learned?
  • Successful strategies, effective and efficient market mechanisms, auction, certificated markets, etc.
  • Challenges to implementing decarbonization policies.
  • Stranded assets, methods and impact on prices.
SPEAKERS
Shari Boyd
Director of the Australian Energy Market Commission (AEMC), Australia
David Hochschild
Commissioner of the California Energy Commission, USA
André Pepitone
Director National Electrical Energy Agency (ANEEL), Brazil
Salvatore Vinci
Head of Partnerships and Technical Advisory Services at the International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA), Italy

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

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


09:00 - 10:30 h

Floor: 2


Room: Cozumel I

CONCURRENT SESSION

Business and regulatory models in the era of distributed generation


  • Value based pricing of distributed generation, theory vs practice: designs with tangible results.
  • Integrating 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 of the Hawaii Public Utilities Commission, USA
Amory B. Lovins
Cofounder and Chief Scientist at the Rocky Mountain Institute, USA
Francis Bradley
Chief Operating Officer of the Canadian Electricity Association, Canada
Carmen Urizar
Director and Founder for the Energy & Infrastructure Analysis Center (EIA Center), Guatemala

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), Ireland

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


09:00 - 10:30 h

Floor: 2


Room: Cozumel II

CONCURRENT SESSION

Regulatory governance and performance


  • Evaluating and self-evaluating regulator performance: models and involved parties.
  • Coordinated and independent mechanisms between regulators and policy makers: recent cases and new governance approaches.
  • Best practices for internal governance by regulators.
  • Roles and responsibilities of staff and governing bodies.
  • New approaches to achieve balanced representation in the regulatory institutions.
SPEAKERS
Janice A. Beecher
Director of the Institute of Public Utilities at Michigan State University, USA
Carlos de Regules RuĂ­z-Funes
Executive Director of the National Agency for Safety, Energy and Environment (ASEA), Mexico
Vitaly Korolev
Deputy Head of the Federal Antimonopoly Service (FAS), Russian Federation
Muzi Mkhize
Regulator Member, National Energy Regulator of South Africa (NERSA), South Africa

MODERATOR
Rolands Irklis
Chairman of Public Utilities Commission (PUC), Latvia

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


10:30 - 11:00 h

Networking Break



11:00 - 12:00 h

Floor: 3


Room: Gran Cancun

Keynote Lecture II: How to achieve the impossible?


SPEAKERS
Bertrand Piccard
Initiator and Chairman of Solar Impulse, Switzerland


12:00 - 13:00 h

Floor: 3


Room: Gran Cancun

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


  • 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 or can these countries provide affordable and sustainable services without large interconnected grids?
  • Reliability implications and their regulations for smaller and larger grids?
SPEAKERS
John Betkoski
Chairman of the International Confederation of Energy Regulators (ICER), USA
Jaime Hernández
General Director of the Federal Electricity Commission, Mexico
Lucio Monari
Director of the Energy & Extractives at the World Bank, Italy
Pavel Robert Oimeke
General Director of the Energy Regulatory Commission (ERC), Kenya

MODERATOR
Anda Ray
Senior Vice President External Relations & Technical Support and Chair, Electric Power Research Institute (EPRI), USA

TECHNICAL COORDINATOR
Marcelino Madrigal
Commissioner of the Energy Regulatory Commission (CRE), Mexico


13:30 - 14:30 h

Floor: 3


Room: Gran Cancun

Closing Ceremony and Farewell Reception



14:30 - 15:30 h

Floor: 2


Room: Isla Mujeres

ICER Working Groups