Utility Regulators Address Ministers of Energy and Mines



    WHISTLER, BC, Sept. 25 /CNW/ - The leadership of the Canadian Association
of Members of Public Utility Tribunals (CAMPUT) yesterday offered Canada's
Energy and Mines Ministers a renewed commitment from energy regulators to work
with policy makers to improve energy regulation in Canada. This commitment was
accepted by the Ministers.
    CAMPUT Policy Chair Jean-Paul Théorêt stated, "Through collaboration,
Canada, the provinces, and the territories will benefit from improved
efficiency and effectiveness in energy regulation."
    Jean-Paul Théorêt and CAMPUT Chair Gaétan Caron yesterday spoke to the
Ministers on key utility challenges facing regulators and policy makers during
the annual Energy and Mines Ministers' Conference in Whistler, British
Columbia. This event was the first time that the leadership of CAMPUT have
addressed all of Canada's federal, provincial, and territorial Ministers of
Energy and Mines.
    Speaking about the future of utility regulation, Théorêt stated, "Much
more needs to be done, and can be done, for Canada to remain competitive in
the world. For utility regulation to remain effective, policy makers and
regulators need to improve a number of things. Coordination of environmental
assessments with regulatory reviews, consultation with Aboriginal peoples, and
reducing the time taken to make regulatory decisions, are three prime
examples."
    The 64th Annual Energy and Mines Ministers' Conference is hosted by the
Province of British Columbia and is being held from September 23 to 26, 2007
at the site of the 2010 Olympic and Paralympic Winter Games.
    In addition to their CAMPUT responsibilities, Jean-Paul Théorêt is the
Président of the Régie de l'énergie du Québec, and Gaétan Caron is the Chair
and CEO of the National Energy Board.

    CAMPUT is Canada's national association of utility regulators. Members
include federal, provincial, and territorial boards and commissions
responsible for regulating the country's electric, water, natural gas, and
pipeline utilities.





For further information:

For further information: Tom Neufeld, CAMPUT Communications, Telephone:
(403) 613-0856


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