2000 – 2009
The World Forum on Energy Regulation (hereinafter WFER) was created in 2000 as a cooperative effort by the world’s main regional regulatory associations. The WFER is the leading international conference on energy regulation, held only once every three years. Key energy industry players, high-level policymakers, academics and regulators from all over the world gather here to engage in strategic and meaningful conversations.
The WFER I was held in Montreal, Canada, organized by the Canadian Association of Members of Public Utility Tribunals – CAMPUT. It aims at providing where energy regulators and other energy market stakeholders may discuss issues and experiences of common interest.
In this regard, WFER II, 2003, was held in Rome, Italy, organized by the Regulatory Authority for Electricity and Gas of Italy, and under the patronage of Council of European Energy Regulators (CEER) and the European Commission. During this forum, the chairs decide to create a web-based platform for exchange of information called International Energy Regulation Network.
In 2006, WFER III was organized and hosted by the National Association of Regulatory Utility Commissioners (NARUC), United States. During this meeting, the chairs successfully launched the International Energy Regulation Network internet site. The regional associations agreed to take an active role in ensuring the database of regulatory expertise will be regularly updated. With the support of the regulatory associations and development agencies, this global web platform will allow for the delivery of mutually beneficial information, a better understanding of trends in market design and regulation, facilitating international collaboration, and improved research and training to benefit from all energy regulators and market participants.
2009 – 2012
ICER was officially founded on October 19th, 2009 during the IV WFER joint organized by the Regulatory Authority for Energy (RAE) and Council of European Energy Regulators (CEER) held in Athens, Greece.
At the time of its establishment, the ICER founders were 11 regional energy regulatory associations:
The first ICER chair for 2009-2012 period was Lord John Mogg, President of the Council of European Energy Regulators (CEER) and the Office of Gas and Electricity Markets of Great Britain.
For the period 2009-2012, the four key themes were reliability and security of supply; climate change; competitiveness and affordability; and, regulatory best practices.
In this period, Australian Energy Market Commission (AEMC) joined as a new member.
2012 – 2015
During the V WFER held in Quebec, Canada, Lord John Mogg was unanimously reappointed ICER Chair.
Mr. David C Boyd (NARUC, Minnesota) and Mr. John Betkoski (NARUC, Connecticut) were elected as ICER vice chairs.
The four key themes for ICER’s work for the period 2012 –2015 were the following: technological change and renewables, opening of markets, regulatory best practice and consumer issues.
In this period, Swiss Federal Electricity Commission (ElCom) joined as a new associate member.
2015 – 2018
During the VI WFER held in Istanbul, Turkish, Mr Bayraktar Alparslan as chair of the Energy Regulators Regional Association (ERRA), takes over from Lord Mogg until the next Forum.
In this period, Ms Susanna Cazorla, who serves at the Mexico´s Regulatory Energy Comission and Mr. John Betkoski were the vice-chairs.
The four key themes for ICER’s work for the period 2015 –2018 were: Security of supply, Sustainability, Competitiveness and Good regulatory practices. In 2016, Mr. Alparslan was appointed in the Ministry of Energy of Turkish and had to leave the chair position. In this light, Mr. John Betkoski which was the vice-chair assumed as new ICER Chair.
2018 – 2021
During the VII WFER, ICER members elected Daniel Schmerler of Peru as its new chair. At that time, he was the president of the Ibero-American Association of Energy Regulatory Entities. the Peru’s Supervisory and Regulatory Agency for Investment in Energy and Mining. Currently, he serves as president of the Peru’s Supervisory and Regulatory Agency for Investment in Energy and Mining.
ICER members also elected two vice chairs: Susanna Cazorla of Mexico, who serves as a director at the Mexico´s Regulatory Energy Comission, and David Danner of the United States, chairman of the Washington Utilities and Transportation Commission.
The three key themes for ICER’s work for the period 2018-2021 are electricity, gas and other fuels and technology and innovation.
In this period, the Regional Association of Energy Regulators for Eastern and Southern Africa (RAERESA) joined as new member.
Currently, the confederation focus on the three virtual working groups and the ICER initiatives, which are the ICER Chronicle, the Distinguished Scholar Award, Women in Energy and the School 2 Energy Leaders Programme.