Nearly 1,000 participants from 100 nations gathered in the city
of Montreal, Province of Quebec, Canada to discuss regional and
global development in the energy sector and energy regulation. The
World Forum on Energy Regulation was co-hosted by the Canadian Association
of Members of Public Utility Tribunals (CAMPUT) and the National
Association of Regulatory Utility Commissioners (NARUC), coordinated
by the Régie de l'énergie du Quebec.
Topics included regulation of monopolies, competition, accessibility
of service, and balancing consumer and industry interests.
Participants were regulators from every continent, leaders in the
energy industry, consumer representatives, development agencies
and other specialists.
Participants learned from one another, formed new partnerships,
and renewed their commitment to support one another's' efforts to:
- Promote, advance or facilitate sustainable development.
- Expand access to energy services.
- Implement regulatory policies appropriate to each nation and
- Promote, advance or facilitate efficient energy markets.
- Promote, advance or facilitate energy efficiency.
- Where appropriate, harmonize standards across borders through
- Protect the public interest in the provision of reasonably priced,
safe and reliable energy services.
Recognizing their different circumstances as well as their common
interests, participants identified a range of voluntary activities
to promote these goals, including:
- Sharing information electronically through a web page and electronic
- Promoting efforts at regional coordination through organizations
of utility regulators.
- Making available professional training and institution-building
- Identifying regulatory "best practices" that could
be considered by regulatory agencies or by governments.
- Cooperative arrangements between regulators in developed and
- Coordination between international development agencies, and
among development agencies and regulatory organizations.
- Exploring the need and potential support for cooperative mechanisms,
and for a future World Forum on energy regulation.
Participants supported efforts to work together to explore these
activities, and encouraged others to consider and support them as
M. Jean A. Guérin
Comité exécutif du Forum
Régie de l'énergie du Québec
Hon. Bob Rowe
National Association of Regulatory Utility Commissioners
Montana Public Utilities Commission
Mr Paul Vlahos
Canadian Association of Members of Public Utilities Tribunals