PURC Update

Fall 2007

We are pleased to introduce our electronic newsletter, designed to keep utility regulators, policymakers and infrastructure managers informed of our upcoming programs, research activities and news about colleagues and resources. We invite you to join our mailing list and receive our bulletins by email.

PURC Launches New Website!

We're proud to launch our newly redesigned web site, and hope you'll find it much more functional and user-friendly. Please update the bookmark in your web browser with the new URL, warrington.ufl.edu/purc.

Our new site features two search engines: one to help you look for PURC Research Papers, and a second to help you find the many Specialized Training Programs we've designed to meet the needs of utility professionals around the world. We hope you'll take a moment to visit our new site and send your comments to us via email (purc at warrington.ufl.edu).

Training Programs

PURC Advanced Methods in Radio Spectrum Planning and Management

Auction design, spectrum valuation, spectrum trading, and unlicensed spectrum were key topics during this September course specifically designed for the National Telecommunications Commission (NTC) of Thailand. Sessions featured experts from regulatory agencies, consulting firms, and academia with experience in Asia, the Caribbean, and North America. In addition to providing lessons on new techniques for using markets and technology to manage spectrum, key leaders from the Federal Communications Commission, the University of Florida, MIT, regulatory agencies in the Caribbean, and several consulting firms examined how emerging technologies, market forces, and government policies are creating new possibilities for improving how radio spectrum is used to provide telecommunications services. PURC Director, Mark Jamison, delivered the course. In attendance were 15 NTC staff.

Frontiers in Managing Reform and Regulation of Infrastructure Utilities in Africa

In August, participants learned about overall trends in electricity sector reform during course sessions taught by Dr. Paul Sotkiewicz in Cape Town. As a featured lecturer, he also led practical exercises related to the properties of various regulatory methodologies, implementing price cap and revenue cap regulation, conducting price reviews, and rate design for efficient use and pro-poor policies. The course was presented by the Graduate School of Business, University of Cape Town in association with the African Forum for Utility Regulators (AFUR), the Regional Energy Regulators Association, and attracted 45 attendees from 12 nations.

Pricing and Analysis: An Advanced Course in Utilities Management and Regulation

This year's highly interactive, advanced course, examined appropriate techniques for benchmarking utilities, establishing an asset base for regulating prices, providing incentives for efficiency, evaluating market competition, and regulating prices.

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

Congratulations to the graduates of the 22nd PURC/World Bank International Program in June! They represented 32 different nations. "Lessons from the Course," was co-authored by the participants and PURC Director of Water Studies Dr. Sanford Berg. Photos are available through Past International Training Programs section of the page.

Find more information on the Specialized Courses page.

Resources of interest

Dr. Sandy Berg calls your attention to this online resource: Handbook for Evaluating the Effectiveness of Regulatory Systems (Brown, Stern, and Tenenbaum) World Bank, 2006.

The volume provides an overview of why, what, and how to evaluate regulatory systems; discusses the rationale for regulatory evaluations and describes various forms of regulation; compares the dominant styles of evaluation, emphasizing the importance of analyzing regulation systems against sector-based outcomes; presents the case for using the independent regulator as the benchmark for performing the most credible and effective evaluations; details elements of different hybrid or transitional regulatory systems when "best practice" regulatory systems are not feasible; describes how to assess the impact of regulation on sector outcomes and provides tools to identify these impacts; offers guidance on conducting quick, mid-level, and in-depth evaluations of regulatory systems.

The Gator Nation

Best wishes to Man Ho Au on his retirement as Director-General of the Office of the Telecommunications Authority of Hong Kong.

Congratulations to Golda Sowah of the National Communications Authority in Ghana on her promotion.

More news from The Gator Nation can be found on our news & events page.


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BRY 100
PO Box 117150
Gainesville, FL 32611-7150
Phone: 352.392.2397
Fax: 352.392.2086

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