Commissioner Smitherman to Give Keynotes at Energy Conferences


AUSTIN—Commissioner Barry T. Smitherman will give the keynote address at two important energy conferences held in Dallas and Houston next week and early September.

On Wednesday, Commissioner Smitherman will give the keynote address at the Gulf Coast Power Association (GCPA) “Special Briefing” on Energy Markets & Transmission Competition in the Southwest Power Pool (SPP) in Dallas.

“It was an honor for me to serve on the SPP Regional State Committee from 2008 to 2011, and I have watched with interest the dramatic increase in transmission infrastructure, wind generation, and continued enhancements in the SPP wholesale market design,” said Commissioner Smitherman.

The SPP market covers parts of eight states, including the Texas Panhandle and part of East Texas.  More information is available on the GCPA website at

On Sept. 4, Commissioner Smitherman will be the luncheon speaker at the 13th Annual Gas and Power Institute Conference in Houston.  His topic will be “Texas Oil and Gas Development, Power Generation, and Related Regulatory and Environmental Issues.”

"This two-day conference, presented by The University of Texas School of Law, The Oil, Gas and Energy Resources Law Section of The State Bar of Texas, and the Energy Bar Association, brings together key practitioners and market participants in the oil, gas, power, pipeline, transmission, environmental and electricity market segments,” Commissioner Smitherman said. 

More information is available on the University of Texas School of Law website at


Commissioner Barry Smitherman was appointed to the Railroad Commission of Texas in July 2011, and became Chairman in February 2012. In November 2012, Commissioner Smitherman won a statewide election to the Commission with 74 percent of the vote, receiving more than 4.5 million votes. His chairmanship ended in August, 2014, and his term on the Railroad Commission ends December 2014.  Commissioner Smitherman currently serves as Texas’ representative on the Southern States Energy Board, and as Chair of the National Association of Regulatory Utility Commissioners’ Gas Committee. He served two terms in the U.S. Department of Energy’s Electricity Advisory Committee, and was on the Public Utility Commission of Texas from April 2004 through July 2011, serving as Chairman for the last 42 months of his tenure.