Virtual Working Groups

Under the ICER platform, energy regulators cooperate within ICER through Virtual Working Groups (VWGs).

From 2009-2015, ICER was structured along four Virtual Working Groups: Security of Supply, Climate Change, Competition and Affordability, and Good Regulatory Practices. For the 2015-2018 period, the Working Groups were refocused on the roles and challenges that regulators face in evolving market situations, as follows:

Potential issues to be covered:

  • Integration of regional markets
  • Development of capacity markets
  • Wholesale & retail competition
  • Expansion of coverage: policies and regulatory mechanisms
  • The role of regulators in reliability
  • Nuclear energy issues

Members: 58

Bagdagul Kaya Caner

Chair: Bagdagul Kaya Caner, LL. M.

Karem Hanafy Mahmoud Mohamed

Co-Chair: Karem Hanafy Mahmoud Mohamed.

Potential issues to be covered:

  • Integration of regional markets
  • Wholesale & retail competition
  • Expansion of coverage: policies and regulatory mechanisms
  • Climate change challenges on natural gas
  • The role of regulators in safety and quality issues
  • Biofuels
  • LPG and other fossil fuels

Members: 40

Ceiran Bishop

Chair:  Ceiran Bishop, Director of Strategic Policy at Ontario Energy Board

Rashmi Somasekharan

Co-Chair: Rashmi Somasekharan, Deputy Chief (Regulatory Affairs) at CERC

Potential issues to be covered:

  • Renewables: policies and challenges
  • Cyber-security issues
  • Implementation of smart grids and distributed generation: challenges and consequences
  • Electricity storage & electric vehicles

Members: 40

Activities among members of the VWGs may include:

  • Workshops on specific issues (alone or jointly with collaborating stakeholder’s organizations)
  • Webinars by regulatory experts
  • Development of reports
  • Specific surveys
  • Data gathering
  • Side events during regional regulatory association conferences