International Energy Regulators Discuss Challenges and Solutions in Energy Policy: Report on the 2012 Asia Pacific Energy Regulatory Forum
On August 1 – 2, 2012, energy regulators from around the globe convened at FERC's headquarters in Washington, DC to share industry experiences and collaborate on policy strategies at the 2012 Asia Pacific Energy Regulatory ("APER") Forum.
The APER Forum was established in 2011 at the recommendation of the Asia-Pacific Partnership on Clean Development and Climate to facilitate an international exchange of information on regulatory policy and practice to promote the development of best practices in gas and electricity matters. Delegates from Australia, Canada, China, the Czech Republic, Ghana, India, New Zealand, Pakistan, Singapore, Thailand and the United States participated in the 2012 APER Forum, along with several other attendees nationally and internationally active in the industry. The focus of this Forum was on matters related to transitioning to a low-carbon economy, energy infrastructure and market regulation, and competition reform. FERC Commissioners Moeller and Norris and former FERC Chairman Kelliher delivered opening remarks, which were followed by formal presentations on national strategy, innovation and issues by delegates from Australia, China, Canada, India, New Zealand, Thailand and the United States. Following the formal presentations, panels convened to discuss the following topics: Carbon Trading and Policies for Low-Carbon Consumption, Smart Grid Technologies that Enhance Efficiency, Grid Reliability, Renewables in New Markets, Market Regulation, Oil and Gas Development and the Impact of Competition on Reliability of Supply. The panels were composed of both delegates and other relevant energy industry participants, and panelists led lively exchanges about their respective topics among the delegates and audience.
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