Training Seminar “Models of Electricity Sector Regulation and Promoting the Integration of Renewable Energy”

Supported by the U.S. Department of Energy, Qatari Senior Energy and Electricity Staff Participates in “Models for Regulating the Electricity Sector and Encouraging Renewable Energy Integration” Webinar

Over twenty Qatari senior staff, managers and trainees from several government and private entities including the Ministry of Energy and Industry, Qatar Petroleum, Qatar General Electricity and Water Corporation (Kahramaa), Qatar Electricity & Water Company, and Siraj Company, participated last Thursday in a training seminar organized by the U.S. National Association of Regulatory Utility Commissioners (NARUC) and supported by the U.S. Department of Energy.

The seminar, conducted as a live webinar, was held under the headline “Models for Regulating the Electricity Sector and Encouraging Renewable Energy Integration.” It featured presentations by the Honorable Diane Burman, Commissioner for the New York Public Service Commission, the Honorable Jack Betkoski, Commissioner for the Connecticut Public Utilities Authority and President of NARUC, and Mr. Tom Stanton, Principal Researcher at the U.S. National Regulatory Research Institute.  Sheikh Mishal bin Jabor Al Thani, Director of Energy Affairs at the Ministry of Energy and Industry, expressed pleasure at this development in bilateral cooperation, which is expected to contribute to broadening Qatari officials’ understanding of U.S. experience in this area. Sheikh Mishal expressed his gratitude and appreciation to the American presenters, and praised the efforts of the U.S. Embassy in Doha to promote cooperation between the two countries. The seminar featured a productive exchange between the U.S. and Qatari participants and underscored the strong commitment of the United States and Qatar to continuing constructive cooperation in the field of energy. The United States commends Qatar’s National Vision 2030 efforts to achieve sustainable development goals, and the efforts of public and private sector personnel to deliver high quality services to the residents of Qatar to raise standards of living in the country.
The U.S. Department of Energy and Qatar’s Ministry of Energy and Industry signed a memorandum of understanding to strengthen and facilitate bilateral energy cooperation during the inaugural U.S.-Qatar Strategic Dialogue held in January 2018 in Washington, D.C.