WASHINGTON, Oct. 26, 2016 /PRNewswire/ -- The National Energy Marketers Association (NEM), a national non-profit trade association representing both leading suppliers and major consumers of natural gas and electricity, is hosting its 2016 Policy Leadership Roundtable on October 27-28, 2016 at the Hyatt Regency in Austin, Texas. NEM last held a Policy Leadership Roundtable in Texas in 2000 when retail electric competition was first being introduced. Stream, one of the states' leading providers of energy, serves as a signature sponsor of the event.
NEM has been a part of the industry since the beginning of energy deregulation, recognizing the significance of Texas' contributions.
"We are so pleased to return to Texas for this Roundtable, to acknowledge the industry leaders who have set a national standard of excellence in electricity market structure," said Craig Goodman, President of NEM and former high ranking energy policy official under three presidential administrations of both parties. "From the starting point of SB7, Texas has been recognized as the leading electric retail choice market in the country."
Experts including Chairman Donna Nelson of the Texas Public Utility Commission (PUC), Texas State Senator Robert Hall, Former Texas PUC and FERC Chairman Pat Wood, former Chair of both the Texas PUC as well as the Texas Railroad Commission, Barry Smitherman, Stream CEO Larry Mondry and current ERCOT President Bill Magness, will join over a hundred other national experts and Presidents and CEOs of energy and technology companies from across North America to guide a high-level Energy Policy discussion. Noteworthy moderators and keynote speakers include Wal-Mart's Director of Markets & Compliance and Vice Chair of the Executive Committee for NEM, Chris Hendrix, Craig Goodman, President of NEM and Honorable Robert Hall, III, Texas State Senator.
"Since the energy market was deregulated, companies and individual leaders have worked together to create more opportunities for consumers than ever before. Stream is thrilled to be involved with NEM and sponsor the return of NEM's Leadership Roundtable to Texas," said Pierre Koshakji, Founder and Executive Vice President of Stream and Vice Chair of the Executive Committee for NEM.
"It's important for the industry to come together to recognize the top industry leaders and celebrate their successes over the years. We're looking forward to NEM bringing the best in the business under one roof to improve upon competitive electric markets nationwide," said Chris Hendrix, Director of Markets & Compliance, Wal-Mart Stores, Inc.
The National Energy Marketers Association (NEM) is a national, non-profit trade association representing wholesale and retail marketers of natural gas, electricity, as well as energy and financial related products, services, information and advanced technologies throughout the United States, Canada, and the European Union. Additional information about NEM is available from NEM's Washington, DC headquarters at (202) 333-3288 or its website at www.energymarketers.com.
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