Tuesday 2016

Tuesday, February 16

Mexico’s Electric Power Sector Reform:
The Role of Natural Gas and Renewables

The University of Texas at Austin 2016 Energy Week program for Tuesday February 16 will examine “Mexico’s Electric Power Sector Reform: the Role of Natural Gas and Renewables.” The program will bring together policy officials, regulators, service providers, industrial consumers, operators, and finance and legal professionals from both sides of the border who understand the complexity of the electric power industry and the significance of Mexico’s transition to a competitive market. Experts will share lessons learned and discuss common challenges and opportunities. Read more…

10:00 – 11:00

Registration

11:00 – 11:30

Opening Remarks
Jorge Piñón, Director, Latin America and Caribbean Energy Program, UT Austin
Thomas F. Edgar, Director of UT Austin Energy Institute | Click to view PDF slides
UT Austin President Gregory L. Fenves

11:30 – 12:30

Keynote Speaker: Christopher Smith, U.S. Department of Energy

12:30 – 1:30

Lunch

1:30 – 2:45

Panel: Electric Power Reform
Norma de la Salud Álvarez Girard, Directora General en la Unidad de Sistemas Eléctricos, Comisión Reguladora de Energía CRE | Click to view PDF slides
Peter Nance, Principal, ICF International
Calvin Crowder, President, Electric Transmission Texas, LLC
Erika Benson, President, Benson International Group, LLC
Max Yzaguirre, Chief Executive Officer, The Yzaguirre Group, L.L.C. (Moderator)

2:45 – 3:15

Break

3:15 – 4:30

Panel: The Role of Natural Gas
David Madero, General Director, Centro Nacional de Control del Gas Natural CENAGAS | Click to view PDF slides
James Fowler, Editor, ICIS Mexico Energy Report | Click to view PDF slides
Carlos Garcia, Lewis Energy
Bob Gibb, Associate Director, Navigant
Barry Smitherman, Partner, Energy Regulation, Vinson & Elkins (Moderator)

4:30 – 5:00

Program Summary: Challenges and Opportunities
Melinda Taylor, Executive Director, KBH Center for Energy, Law & Business, UT Austin
Barry Smitherman, Partner, Energy Regulation, Vinson & Elkins
Max Yzaguirre, Chief Executive Officer, The Yzaguirre Group, L.L.C.

Tuesday evening program hosted by CleanTX at the Blanton Museum.
Make sure to register separately via CleanTX.

5:30 – 6:15

Networking Reception

6:15 – 6:30

Welcome Remarks and Introductions

6:30 – 7:15

Panel: Growing the Renewable Energy and Cleantech Industries on Both Sides of the Texas-Mexico Border: Opportunities and Challenges

7:15 – 7:30

Q&A

7:30 – 8:00

Closing Remarks and Networking