United States: DC Office Hosts Romanian Energy Delegation
Last Updated: April 25 2007

Thelen Reid Brown Raysman & Steiner’s Washington, DC office recently hosted a high-level delegation of energy officials from Romania. The delegation spent 10 days this month in Washington meeting with various government agencies and industry non-profits, as well as Thelen’s Energy, Utility, and Infrastructure and Energy Regulatory groups. Thelen was the only law firm on the delegation’s agenda. The objectives of the Romanian study tour included discussions and sharing of best practices in the areas of competitive markets, regulation and market monitoring, and energy efficiency, among others.

During the delegation’s visit to the firm, Washington, DC-based Partners Andy MacDonald, Jim Mitchell, and Andrea Wolfman; Senior Energy and Regulatory Consultant Linda Breathitt, and Associate Lisa Luftig provided briefings on various topics, including the new reliability rules of the interstate electric transmission grid, structure of the electric industry, market rules and grid access issues, responsibilities of RTOS including regional dispatch, short-term market auctions, and price transparency. Natural gas transportation and pipeline issues were also discussed.

The delegation was comprised of officials from the Romanian Electricity Regulatory Authority, Romanian Gas Regulatory Authority, the Romanian Competition Council, the Ministry of Labor, Social Solidarity and Family, and the Chancellery of the Prime-Minister.

Romania’s energy industry has been restructured using an advanced model that is fully compatible with European Union requirements. As a new member of the EU, Romania plays an important role in the Black Sea regional energy market.

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