Energy Symposium: “Efficient Regulation of Energy Markets (Part I): Mexico-Texas Conversations” / “Regulación Eficiente de Mercados de Energía (Parte I): Conversaciones entre México y Texas”

On March 4, 2016, the KBH Center, in partnership with the Wilson Center’s Mexico Institute, ITAM’s Centro de Energia y Recursos Naturales, the Alianza por la Competencia, the Comision Reguladora de Energia, and Zumma rg + c, convened a symposium titled “Efficient Regulation of Energy Markets (Part I): Mexico-Texas Conversations.” The objective of the symposium was to discuss structural reforms with respect to energy and the role of regulation in creating vigorous energy markets.

Our speakers are recognized as some of the most influential leaders in the energy industry in Mexico and the United States. Featured speakers included Mexican regulators from the Ministry of Energy (SENER), the National Hydrocarbons Commission (CNH), the Energy Regulatory Commission (CRE), and the Mexican Antitrust Commission (COFECE), as well as Texas regulators from the Railroad Commission of Texas (RRC) and the Public Utility Commission (PUCT).

The Symposium was divided into three panels and a keynote speech, all of which focused on efficient regulation of energy markets. The first panel analyzed Regulating Oil & Gas Markets in the Age of Shale. RRC Commissioner Ryan Sitton and CNH Executive Secretary Carla Gabriela Gonzalez Rodriguez talked about energy market regulation, including the role of industry in creating vigorous energy markets. The second panel explored Restructuring Electricity Markets to Create Strong Markets. Former PUCT Chairman Max Yzaguirre and CRE Commissioner Guillermo Zuniga discussed the future of electricity markets in Mexico. In his Symposium Keynote, Undersecretary of Electricity Cesar Hernandez spoke about the opening of electricity markets, as well as a number of opportunities this opening will create for both Mexico and the United States. Finally, the third panel looked at Diversifying the Energy Mix in a Competitive Landscape. Barry Smitherman, the Former Chairman of the RRC and the PUCT, and Francisco Barnes de Castro, a former CRE Commissioner, delved into the deregulated Texas electricity Market, as well as the importance of diversifying the energy mix to  competitive markets.

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Cesar Hernandez Ochoa
M. Max Yzaguirre
Guillermo Zuniga Martinez
Barry T. Smitherman
Francisco Barnes de Castro

 

Professor Melinda Taylor, the KBH Center's Executive Director, Christopher Wilson, the Mexico Institute's Deputy Director, Juan Carlos Belausteguigoitia, the Director of ITAM's Centro de Energia y Recursos Naturales, and COFECE Commissioner Ignacio Navarro Zermeño open the symposium.
Professor Melinda Taylor, the KBH Center’s Executive Director, Christopher Wilson, the Mexico Institute’s Deputy Director, Juan Carlos Belausteguigoitia, the Director of ITAM’s Centro de Energia y Recursos Naturales, and COFECE Commissioner Ignacio Navarro Zermeño open the symposium.

 

RRC Commissioner Ryan Sitton and CNH Executive Secretary Carla Gabriela Gonzalez Rodriguez give presentations on Regulating Oil & Gas Markets in the Age of Shale.
RRC Commissioner Ryan Sitton and CNH Executive Secretary Carla Gabriela Gonzalez Rodriguez give presentations on Regulating Oil & Gas Markets in the Age of Shale.

 

Former PUCT Chairman Max Yzaguirre and CRE Commissioner Guillermo Zuniga Martinez discuss Restructuring Electricity Sectors to Create Strong Markets.
Former PUCT Chairman Max Yzaguirre and CRE Commissioner Guillermo Zuniga Martinez discuss Restructuring Electricity Sectors to Create Strong Markets.

 

Undersecretary of Electricity Cesar Hernandez Ochoa gives keynote on the opening of electricity markets and opportunities for Mexico and the United States.
Undersecretary of Electricity Cesar Hernandez Ochoa gives keynote on the opening of electricity markets and opportunities for Mexico and the United States.

 

Former RRC and PUCT Chairman Barry Smitherman and former CRE Commissioner Francisco Barnes de Castro talk about Diversifying the Energy Mix in a Competitive Landscape.
Former RRC and PUCT Chairman Barry Smitherman and former CRE Commissioner Francisco Barnes de Castro talk about Diversifying the Energy Mix in a Competitive Landscape.

 

Nearly 150 people attended the Energy Symposium, many of them senior-level government officials and senior executives from Fortune 500 companies.
Nearly 150 people attended the Energy Symposium, many of them senior-level government officials and senior executives from Fortune 500 companies.


Feedback from Organizers, Speakers, and Registrants

“I wanted to thank you for your work in coordinating the event today! I enjoyed hearing the dialogue between the Texan and Mexican Energy Experts.”
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