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October 2015

Comprehensive Regulatory Impact Analysis, Online Course

Avoid the pitfalls that stifle utility regulatory decisions and gain support for difficult issues. Learn how to effectively and rigorously analyze and communicate the impacts of regulations... wherever you are. With our NEW online course, Comprehensive Regulatory Impact Analysis, you will learn from experts and exchange experiences and best practices with peers through the latest in Internet technology.

Pricing for Sustainability, Online Course

How can you incorporate sustainability into your pricing decisions? Will customer responses to prices promote sustainability?

Build your foundation for difficult utility pricing decisions with our new online course! Learn from experts and exchange experiences and best practices with peers through the latest in Internet technology.

Energy Pricing Advanced Course for the Electricity Regulatory Authority of Uganda

PURC faculty traveled to Kampala, Uganda to deliver this course for the Electricity Regulatory Authority of Uganda. The participants in this course learned core principles and engaged in a case study in energy pricing from start to finish.

Roles, Governance, and Political Context in Regulation

PURC faculty provided this one-day workshop for the Board of Directors and senior management of the Electricity Regulatory Authority of Uganda. The participants in this course learned about the role of a regulatory agency in an economy, the essential features of an effective agency, the nature and importance of regulatory independence, the key challenges in energy regulation, how to understand stakeholders and political context, and how to provide leadership in the regulatory context.

Benchmarking Infrastructure Operations Advanced Course for the Electricity Regulatory Authority of Uganda

PURC faculty traveled to Kampala, Uganda to deliver the Benchmarking Infrastructure Operations Advanced Course for the Electricity Regulatory Authority of Uganda. Using case studies and presentations by PURC faculty and infrastructure experts, the participants in this course learned to analyze the benefits, best practices, and pitfalls of benchmarking utilities.

September 2015

Implications of the Clean Power Plan

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency finalized a rule that would reduce CO2 emissions from existing power plants. States have a variety of strategies to meet this requirement. How will Florida adjust its power plan to meet this standard? Ted Kury, director of energy studies for the Public Utility Research Center (PURC), and Amy Stein from the Levin College of Law, whose legal focus is on clean energy, climate change and the environment, examined Florida's current energy policy and the need to diversify energy options in order to secure Florida's energy future.

Why is rural broadband development so hard?

It comes down to our inability to mobilize political will, according to PURC Director, Mark Jamison. Speaking to the Organization of American State's CITEL group in Washington, D.C., Dr. Jamison explained that the economics, technology, and financing of rural broadband have been well known for about 20 years. And all countries seem to have embraced rural broadband development as a goal. But still few countries seem to apply what they know to their aspiration of rural broadband development.

August 2015

2015 PURC Advanced International Practices Program

PURC delivered three courses under its Advanced International Practices Program: Energy Pricing, Benchmarking Infrastructure Operations, and Telecom Policy and Regulation for Next Generation Networks. In attendance were 24 participants from 13 nations.

Performance Improvements for Caribbean Water and Sanitation Utility Companies

Stakeholders in the Caribbean arrived at a consensus in identifying 4 areas critical to the improvement of Utility Performance:

  1. Water Safety Plans (resource sustainability and utility resilience)
  2. Communications/Customer service (credibility and legitimacy)
  3. Efficiency (benchmarking, NRW, and asset management)
  4. Collections and Tariff Design (financial sustainability)

Dr. Sanford Berg discussed these topics, suggested additional supporting initiatives and the foundations for high performance at the 24th Annual Caribbean Water and Wastewater Association (CWWA) Conference and Exhibition in Miami, Florida August 24, 2015.

July 2015

Regulating Water Services Provision in MENA Workshop

Dr. Mark Jamison explained the central features of regulation and how to develop a regulatory system at this workshop organized by The World Bank and the Center for Mediterranean Integration (CMI) in partnership with GIZ and the Public-Private Infrastructure Advisory Facility (PPIAF). In Marseilles, France July 28 – 30, 2015, his presentations discussed topics ranging from water regulation, approaches to rate-setting to fragile states.

How can a utility move forward in times of constant change?

By paying attention to three juxtapositions, according to PURC director of leadership studies, Araceli Castaneda, and PURC director and Gunter Professor, Mark Jamison. Speaking to over 100 utility managers and executives at the Florida Municipal Electricity Association 2015 Annual Meeting, Ms. Castaneda and Dr. Jamison explained that the first juxtaposition -- It's not best practice, but next practice -- is necessary for finding the way forward when there is no path to follow. Next practices are experiments that are designed to test hypotheses. This leads to the second juxtaposition, which is that it's not about what, but about why. The next practice itself is not as important as to why it is undertaken. The emphasis should be on filling knowledge gaps rather than hoping that the next practice is the answer. This is difficult in the political situations that most utilities find themselves in because the political environment favors people who claim to have the answer over those who admit uncertainty. This leads to the third juxtaposition, which is that it is not about leading, but leadership.

June 2015

The Academy of Regulatory Professionals

PURC launched The Academy of Regulatory Professionals at the 38th PURC/World Bank International Training Program. The Academy of Regulatory Professionals is a community of recognized experts who dedicate themselves to the study of regulatory issues and practices, developing new knowledge, and mutual professional growth.

PURC Leadership Workshop - Practicing Leadership in a Political Environment

PURC Director, Mark Jamison, and Director of Leadership Studies, Araceli Castaneda, delivered a leadership workshop for international regulatory professionals.

38th PURC/World Bank International Training Program on Utility Regulation and Strategy

In attendance for the 38th program were 56 participants from 23 nations.

May 2015

Dr. Ted Kury participated in the World Forum on Energy Regulation in Istanbul Turkey, May 25 – 29, 2015. The forum’s theme was “Bridging the World of Energy Regulation.”

How can utilities innovate to thrive in the future? That was the subject of PURC director Mark Jamison’s talks in Poznan, Poland at the International Congress of Energy Science and Industry Energi@21: Innovative Energy Utility. Dr. Jamison explained that there are three types of innovation: Innovation in the known world, in the knowable world, and to the unknown world.

Dr. Michelle Phillips participated in FESC Florida Energy Systems Consortium (FESC) Workshop, May 20-21, 2015. The FESC Workshop showcased pioneering research, education and outreach programs that focus on Florida’s sustainable energy future.

Keynote Address at CAMPUT: Honoring the Past, Shaping the Future

Utility regulation today is built on lessons that we have learned and forgotten many times over our history. This was the subject of Dr. Mark Jamison’s keynote address at the CAMPUT Conference 2015 in Calgary, Canada. CAMPUT is Canada’s Energy and Utility Regulators.

April 2015

Comprehensive Regulatory Impact Analysis

April 6 – May 17, 2015
The online course Comprehensive Regulatory Impact Analysis provides tools and approaches for regulatory impact analysis (RIA), a systematic appraisal of the potential impacts of a regulatory decision to assess whether the decision is likely to achieve the desired objectives and at what cost.

Pricing for Sustainability

April 6 – May 17, 2015
The online course Pricing for Sustainability is designed to introduce engineers, lawyers, and other professionals to the sustainability concepts important for designing prices in infrastructure industries. When implemented, these prices can promote a cleaner environment, efficiency and sound finances.

Comprehensive Regulatory Impact Analysis in Broadcast Regulation

How can regulators develop rigorous Regulatory Impact Analyses (RIA) that are used and inform next practices? That was the subject of the workshop “Comprehensive Regulatory Impact Analysis in Broadcast Regulation” provided by PURC to the Thailand National Broadcasting and Telecommunications Commission (NBTC) in Bangkok, Thailand, April 27 - 29, 2015.

Best Practices in Telecoms, Broadcasting and Postal Regulation for the Uganda Communications Commission

A wide range of communications topics -- including telecommunications competition, broadcasting oversight, postal competition, and service quality for all three sectors -- were covered in a three-day workshop held by PURC for the Uganda Communications Commission in Kampala, April 8 - 10, 2015.

What is PURC about?

On April 16th, speaking to the Gainesville Rotary Sunrise, a group of local business leaders, Dr. Mark Jamison explained the Public Utility Research Center (PURC) exists to assist professionals in utilities and utility regulation to develop the services and infrastructure that are important for country’s economic and social future.

March 2015

PURC Regulatory Training Course for the Electricity Regulatory Authority

What is the role and responsibility of regulation? What are the tools that regulators use and how do they work? How do we utilize the tools of regulation to accomplish our goals for society? These questions and others were discussed during PURC’s one week customized course held in Kampala, Uganda, March 16 – 20, 2015.

February 2015

42nd Annual PURC Conference: Golden Egg or Scrambled Egg? Impacts of Decentralizing Utility Services

Utilities and their regulators are concerned with securing reliable, clean, and affordable energy; advanced communications; and clean, affordable water. PURC's 42nd Annual Conference, held February 4-5, 2015 in Gainesville, FL, examined options and decision making for energy supply, energy efficiency, the environment, prices, new technologies, and water regulation.

Water Utility Regulatory Benchmarking: Performance Assessment and Improvement

Understanding the benefits of benchmarking for water utilities, strengthening analytical and strategic skills, understanding the importance of incentives, and providing capacity building and best practice exchanges among Danube countries, were the goals of this five-day workshop in Pristina, Kosovo, February 23 - 27, 2015, organized by the Danube Water Program.

Public Interest Environmental Conference at the University of Florida

Why does Florida not have more solar power? That’s the wrong question to ask, according to PURC director Mark Jamison. Speaking at the Public Interest Environmental Conference at the University of Florida, Dr. Jamison explained that the key question is whether the system Florida has for determining how electricity is provided in the state gives the customers what they want economically.

PURC's mission: Research, Education and Service

Dr. Ted Kury delivered a presentation to the UF Warrington College of Business's Undergraduate Economics Society. He presented an overview of PURC, our role within the university community and our global outreach.

January 2015

PURC Leadership Workshop - Practicing Leadership in a Political Environment

PURC Director, Mark Jamison, and Director of Leadership Studies, Araceli Castaneda, delivered a leadership workshop for international regulatory professionals.

37th PURC/World Bank International Training Program on Utility Regulation and Strategy

In attendance for the 37th program were 51 participants from 26 nations.

December 2014

4th Annual Hawaii Power Summit

Net metering is often considered a homogenous policy, but actually provides utilities and policymakers with considerable flexibility. This was the subject of Dr. Ted Kury’s presentation at the 4th Annual Hawaii Power Summit.

Current Issues in Regulation: Droughts, Renewables, Investments and You

How can a country deal with water shortages caused by droughts? The first step is to realize that there is already a market for water resources and that a sustainable solution will always include making that market work more effectively. This was key takeaway from the seminar “Current Issues in Regulation: Droughts, Renewables, Investments and You” presented by PURC Director Mark A Jamison on December 5, 2014, to the Agência Reguladora de Saneamento e Energia in Sao Paulo, Brazil.

November 2014

Reset for Regulation and Utilities: Leadership for a Time of Constant Change

“Regulating Utilities in a Changing Environment” was the main theme of OOCUR’s 12th Annual Conference held in Dominica, November 18-21, 2014. As a presenter and panelist, PURC director of leadership studies, Ms. Araceli Castaneda introduced PURC’s concept of adaptive regulation to the audience. This concept is a framework to understand the regulation of public utilities in a time of great uncertainty.

Bermuda Energy Summit 2014

Dr. Ted Kury participated in Bermuda's Energy Summit, November 13, 2014, as a member of a panel “Less is More: The Need for Energy Efficiency Standards, Incentives & Programs.” The panel considered the need for energy efficiency standards, incentives and programs and other key energy opportunities as Bermuda moves through the next phase of national energy planning.

October 2014

PURC is a member of the consortium that won USAIDs Making Cities Work Indefinite Quantity Contract.

Pricing for Sustainability

The online course Pricing for Sustainability is designed to introduce engineers, lawyers, and other professionals to the sustainability concepts important for designing prices in infrastructure industries. When implemented, these prices can promote a cleaner environment, efficiency and sound finances.

PURC Regulatory Training Course for High Level Members of the Organisation of Eastern Caribbean States (OECS)

Understanding the important benefits of an independent regulator, even for state-owned utilities, was the subject of this three-day course held in Grenada, October 14 - 16, 2014

September 2014

“A Century of Regulation: Honouring the Past, Shaping the Future”

Dr. Mark Jamison was requested to provide the keynote address for the annual CAMPUT conference in Calgary, Canada “A Century of Regulation: Honouring the Past, Shaping the Future” commemorating the 100th anniversary of regulation in Canada.

August 2014

2014 PURC Advanced International Practices Program

PURC delivered three courses under its Advanced International Practices Program: Energy Pricing, Benchmarking Infrastructure Operations, and Telecom Policy and Regulation for Next Generation Networks. In attendance were 22 participants from 15 nations.

June 2014

Cost of Service Training for the Nation of Curacao.

Dr. Mark Jamison and Dr. Ted Kury delivered a three and a half day training in Curacao to provide attendees with basic knowledge on cost of service and rate design. This course took place June 24-27. PURC designed this course in consultation with Aqualectra, Curacao's Water and Power Company.

PURC Leadership Workshop - Practicing Leadership in a Political Environment

PURC Director, Mark Jamison, and Director of Leadership Studies, Araceli Castaneda, delivered a leadership workshop for international regulatory professionals.

36th PURC/World Bank International Training Program on Utility Regulation and Strategy

In attendance for the 36th program were 76 participants from 32 nations.

IEI Turkey Energy Summit

Dr. Mark Jamison was invited to deliver a session, “Regulation on Energy Markets, Lessons from the U.S.,” at the IEI Turkey Energy Summit in Istanbul, Turkey, June 5-6, 2014. Dr. Jamison discussed market prices, regulatory impacts, renewables and shale gas, as well as leadership challenges in energy reforms. View his presentations:

May 2014

The Revision of Market Definition and Competition in the Thai Telecommunication Industry Project Conference

Dr. Jamison delivered sessions at the Thai Telecommunication Industry Project Conference on how market competition is examined and how mergers are analyzed in the U.S., the complications of defining markets in monopolization or dominance cases where there is an issue of the appropriate benchmark price, the use of critical loss or critical elasticity of demand to define markets, and the challenges of analyzing competition where technology and industry changes are uncertain. The Conference was held in Bangkok, Thailand, May 28-30, 2014.

“Towards Convergence: Thailand’s Telecom and Broadcasting Policy”

Congratulations to Natchaya Taweewitchakreeya and Roswan Sangprasert, of the National Broadcasting and Telecommunications Commission of Thailand. They composed a book, “Towards Convergence: Thailand’s Telecom and Broadcasting Policy” during their internship with PURC and it was recently published.

Dr. Ted Kury presented a poster on Challenges in Quantifying Optimal CO2 Emissions Policy and Priscila Delfino, PURC Research Assistant, presented a poster on Key Factors Influencing Energy Intensity in Developed and Emerging at the 2014 FESC Workshop.

April 2014

PURC Regulatory Training Course for the Caribbean Electric Utility Service Corporation

The Caribbean Association of Electric Utilities (CARILEC) hosted a Regulatory Training Course delivered by PURC in St. Lucia, April 2-3, 2014. Dr. Mark Jamison and Dr. Ted Kury educated participants on the role of regulation and discussed strategies for addressing transition issues.

Congratulations to recipient of this year's best paper in regulation contest sponsored by PURC, Dr. Shanjun Li, of Cornell University, “Better Lucky than Rich? Welfare Analysis of Automobile License Allocations in Beijing and Shanghai”.

Dr. Li was presented the award at the 12th Annual International Industrial Organization Conference held in Chicago, April 11-13, 2014.

Dr. Ted Kury delivered a session at the 12th Annual International Industrial Organization Conference on the challenges of identifying the optimal level of CO2 emissions abatement.

Economists typically consider the optimal value to be where the marginal cost and marginal benefit curves intersect. View Dr. Kury's presentation.

Dr. Mark Jamison’s paper “Execution and Leadership; Fulfilling Conflicting Responsibilities in Utility Regulation” was published in the Electricity Journal.

Dr. Sanford Berg delivered a presentation on “Sector Regulator Impacts on Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy” at the Ibero-American Energy Regulators (ARIAE, Latin America) Annual Conference, April 1-2, 2014, in Montevideo, Uruguay.

Energy regulators spoke to 40 plus participants from the region.

March 2014

In anticipation of the Turkey Energy Summit, Dr. Mark Jamison and Dr. Ted Kury delivered a webinar “Evolution of the U.S. Natural Gas Market & Evolution of Regulation and Markets for Energy” on March 18th.

February 2014

Dr. Ted Kury participated on the faculty of the ERRA Price Regulation and Tariffs training in Budapest, Hungary. Dr. Kury led sessions on Economic Fundamentals of Price Regulation in the Energy Sector, Components of the Revenue Requirement, Cost of Service Regulation in the US Tradition: Process and Outstanding Regulatory Issues, Case Study: Tariff Design for a Privately Owned Electric Utility – the US example.

Dr. Mark Jamison has been named to the Advisory Board of the Regulatory Policy Institute at Oxford University.

Dr. Sanford Berg presented a “Governance and Regulation” session at the UF Water Institute Symposium, Tuesday, February 11th from 1:30pm – 3:00pm at University of Florida. This symposium brought together individuals from a variety of institutional affiliations, disciplines and perspectives to explore the science, technology, practices and policies needed for a secure water future.

January 2014

PURC Leadership Workshop - Practicing Leadership in a Political Environment

PURC Director Mark Jamison and Assistant Director Araceli Castañeda delivered a leadership workshop for international regulatory professionals.

35th PURC/World Bank International Training Program on Utility Regulation and Strategy

In attendance for the 32nd program were 75 participants from 31 nations.

Can mergers lead firms to more rapidly adopt new technologies?

Yes, according to research by PURC director Dr. Mark Jamison and his co-author, Dr. Janice Hauge. Speaking at the 2014 Annual Meeting of the American Economic Association, Drs. Jamison and Hauge explained that while a merger often means a decrease in competitive pressures, which can lead to higher prices for customers, the decreased pressure also means that the merging firms can profit more from new technologies than they could before the merger. These results have implications for two mergers that were rejected by antitrust regulators.

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The Gator Nation

We welcome you to The Gator Nation! While the University of Florida is located in Gainesville, The Gator Nation is everywhere, all over the world. In this section, we recognize our colleagues on their recent achievements and promotions.

The Gator Nation news archives:

2011

We are pleased to welcome José Luis Gómez-Barroso as a new PURC Senior Research Associate. Dr. Gómez-Barroso is an associate professor in the Department of Applied Economics and Economic History at Universidad Nacional de Educación a Distancia (UNED) in Madrid, Spain.

We are pleased to announce that PURC Policy Analyst Dr. Lynne Holt has been promoted to Associate In the Department of Economics in the UF Warrington College of Business. Congratulations Dr. Holt!

UF graduate and former PURC student assistant Elizabeth Rojas recently served as a Florida Gubernatorial Fellow working for the Division of Emergency Management, Statewide Strategic Plan for Persons with Disabilities during Disasters.

In May, she received an award from the Hoffman Foundation to extend her fellowship for an additional six months and is currently working for Governor Rick Scott as a liaison between the state and federal government in the Office of Federal Affairs in Washington D.C.

While at UF, Rojas was a student assistant in the PURC/World Bank International Training Program on Utility Regulation and Strategy and said the experience was invaluable. Dr. Jamison served as her thesis mentor, and they worked together on an econometric model to test the impact of federal policies on the U.S. ethanol industry.

“Dr. Jamison was an exceptional mentor and helped me throughout this difficult process,” said Rojas. “I was completing my fellowship in Tallahassee while I was writing my thesis, so it took a lot of effort from Dr. J to communicate with me to get this accomplished.”

Rojas graduated from UF summa cum laude in economics in April 2011, completing a double major in economics and political science with a minor in Latin American studies. She wants to pursue a job in public policy or as a campaign aide and is considering studying for an MBA at Georgetown University.

2008

Congratulations to Dr. David E. M. Sappington, director of the Robert F. Lanzillotti Public Policy Research Center at the University of Florida, who was named president of the Industrial Organization Society in early 2008. Dr. Sappington is a frequent speaker at the PURC/World Bank International Training Program on Utility Regulation and Strategy.

Tobias Aloisi Swai, a graduate of the June 2004 PURC/World Bank International Training Program, and lecturer at the University of Dar es Salaam, returned to the University of Florida in May 2008 to participate in the 2008 International Academy of African Business and Development Conference, co-sponsored by PURC. He presented the paper, “Business Development Services to Small and Medium Enterprises: Experiences from an Online Business Plan in Tanzania.”

2007

We welcome Fulbright Visiting Scholar Dr. Iram Khan from Pakistan. While at PURC, he plans to study utility regulation, write research papers and develop e-learning modules for the Body of Knowledge on Infrastructure Regulation.

Congratulations to PURC Research Associate Dr. Hamilton Silva who received an award in economic regulation for his paper, “Cost Efficiency in Periodic Tariff Reviews: The Reference Utility Approach and the Role of Interest Groups,” from the Secretaria de Acompanhamento Economico (SEAE) of Brazil's Ministry of the Economy.

Congratulations to Mohamadou A. Saibou in Dakar, Senegal on his new position as general director of ESMT, a Centre of Excellence of the International Telecommunication Union. He is a graduate of the 22nd PURC/World Bank International Training Program in June.

Best wishes to Man Ho Au, who retired as Director-General of the Office of the Telecommunications Authority of Hong Kong on July 1. He attended the second delivery of the PURC/World Bank International Training Program, and served as a speaker at several subsequent programs.

Congratulations to Golda Sowah of the National Communications Authority in Ghana and a graduate of the June 2007 PURC/World Bank International Training Program. She was promoted to senior manager July 1.

Congratulations to Roberto Young, who replaces Gilbert Canton as Chairman of the Public Utilities Commission in Belize. Mr. Young is a graduate of the June 2003 PURC/World Bank International Training Program.

Congratulations to Dr. Canton in his new post as CEO of Belize Natural Energy. He is a graduate of the June 1999 PURC/World Bank International Training Program, as well as the first PURC/OOCUR Advanced Course in July 2006.

Mufor Atanga, Executive Secretary of the African Forum for Utility Regulators (AFUR), and a graduate of the June 2006 PURC/World Bank International Training Program, announces the addition of Mr. Symerre Grey-Johnson to the AFUR team as Advisor for Communications and Partnerships. Mr. Grey-Johnson is a graduate of the 21st PURC/World Bank International Training Program in January. Congratulations!

2006

Congratulations to His Excellency Azmi Al-Said Khreisat, a graduate of the January 1998 PURC/World Bank International Training Program upon his appointment as the Minister of Energy and Mineral Resources in Jordan.

Congratulations to Zsuzsanna Kósa, a graduate of the January 2001 PURC/World Bank International Training Program on her dissertation, “Regulation Strategy in the Communications Sector of Hungary,” which received a cum laude evaluation. Dr. Kósa is a former regulator with the National Regulatory Authority and currently is a senior lecturer at the Budapest University of Technology and Economics.

2005

Congratulations to Stefan Buehler, an Assistant Professor at the University of Zurich Socioeconomic Institute who has taught telecommunications sessions on service quality and non-price issues at both International Training Programs in 1998. He has been appointed by the Swiss government to the Swiss Competition Commission (the Swiss antitrust authority), beginning this month. Recent publications by Buehler include “The Promise and Pitfalls of Restructuring Network Industries,” German Economic Review 6(2), 205-228 and “Deregulating Network Industries: Dealing with Price-Quality Tradeoffs,” Journal of Regulatory Economics, forthcoming.

Congratulations to Hydajet Kopani, a graduate of the January 2001 PURC/World Bank International Training Program who has been elected by the Albanian Parliament as Chairman of the Telecommunications Regulatory Entity-ERT.

Congratulations to Barrett Russell, a graduate of the June 2005 PURC/World Bank International Training Program, who has been named Executive Director of the Public Utilities Commission in the Bahamas.

2004

Congratulations to Man Ho Au (class of 6/1997) was promoted to Director General, Office of Telecommunications Authority (OFTA), Wanchai, China in August 2003.

Congratulations to Willsman Ngaffison Tatangwa (class of 6/2003) was promoted to Chief of Service for the Department of Quality Control and Services at the Electricity Sector Regulatory Agency (ARSEL), Yaounde, Cameroon.

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