PURC Update

April 2014

Greetings! We bring you news from the Public Utility Research Center (PURC) at the University of Florida. Our electronic newsletter is designed to keep utility regulators, policy makers, 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.

Upcoming Courses and Events

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

June 9 – 20, 2014

The PURC/World Bank International Training Program on Utility Regulation and Strategy is an intensive, two-week course specifically tailored to the professional requirements of utility regulators and regulatory staff. The course is designed to enhance the economic, technical, and policy skills required for implementing policies and managing sustainable regulatory systems for infrastructure sectors.

Since 1997, utility regulators, policymakers, and infrastructure managers around the world have traveled to Gainesville, Florida to participate in the program. They learn problem-solving techniques, and exchange ideas and experiences during an international forum for the dissemination of relevant best practices and research.

PURC Leadership Workshop — Practicing Leadership in a Political Environment: A One-Day Intensive Training Workshop for Emerging Leaders in Utility Policy

June 21, 2014

International regulatory professionals will examine the activities, behaviors, mindsets, and skills of a successful leader during this training workshop designed by PURC for leaders in utility policy.

Workshop objectives include:

  • Discovering how to identify the strengths and weaknesses of an organization.
  • Learning how executive leaders create an organizational focus and a creative tension around the most important priorities.
  • Developing an accountability system for addressing the most important challenges.
  • Creating a strategy for managing the relationships that are critical to success.
  • Identifying the tools effective leaders use to achieve excellence.
  • Receiving feedback from trusted colleagues in order to develop skills for managing oneself and others.
The Revision of Market Definition and Competition in the Thai Telecommunication Industry Project Conference

May 28 - 31, 2014

Dr. Mark Jamison and Dr. Don Stockdale (Partner Bates & White), conducted research on telecommunications competition and composed two papers. One examined the Federal Communication Commission's approach to market definition and market analysis, and the other examined new developments in market analysis for mergers. Dr. Jamison is going to deliver a seminar on the research findings.

IEI Turkey Energy Summit

June 5 - 6, 2014

Dr. Mark Jamison, Dr. Ted Kury and Araceli Castaneda have been invited to deliver a session, “Regulation on Energy Markets, Lessons from the U.S.,” at the IEI Turkey Energy Summit. Dr. Jamison and Dr. Kury will discuss market prices, regulatory impacts, renewables and shale gas. Araceli Castaneda will discuss leadership challenges in energy reforms.

PURC Advanced International Practices Program:
Energy Pricing
Benchmarking Infrastructure Operations
Telecom Policy and Regulation for Next Generation Networks

July 27- August 7, 2014

Program participants will develop the skills they need to address today's complex infrastructure issues. Using case studies and presentations by PURC faculty and infrastructure experts, the courses in this program will emphasize practical lessons and new techniques for addressing the most pressing pricing, market, and process issues.

Recent Training Programs and Events

Economics of Pricing

Congratulations to the 13 participating in the Economics of Pricing Course held March 17 - April 27 through PURC's online learning platform. The course was designed to introduce engineers, lawyers, and other professionals to the conceptual framework for designing price structures in infrastructure industries. When implemented, these rate designs can promote efficiency and financial sustainability.

41st Annual PURC Conference: Politics & Policy: What is Next for Utilities?

PURC’s 41st Annual Conference examined options and decision making for energy supply, energy efficiency, the environment, prices, new technologies, and water regulation.

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

Congratulations to the graduates of the 35th delivery of this program. In January 2014, 75 participants travelled from 31 nations for the 35th delivery of this program to enhance their economic, technical, and policy skills.

Practicing Leadership in a Political Environment: A One-Day Intensive Training Workshop for Emerging Leaders in Utility Policy

Congratulations to the 17 emerging leaders who completed the leadership workshop, Practicing Leadership in a Political Environment on January 25th! They learned to identify and build a leadership style that encourages collaboration and team cohesiveness.

Customized Training Programs

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. Dr. Mark Jamison and Dr. Ted Kury educated participants on the role of regulation and discussed strategies for addressing transition issues. The first day of the training consisted of presentations and small group exercises, while the second day focused on group presentations of critical issues in adapting to market reform.

Interested in a customized course for your organization? Email Us (araceli.castaneda at warrington.ufl.edu).


“Challenges in Quantifying Optimal CO2 Emissions Policy: The Case of Electricity Generation in Florida”

April 13, 2014
Chicago, IL, USA

Dr. Ted Kury delivered a session 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.

“What happens if you have a regulator? Considerations for Stakeholders.”

April 2, 2014
St. Lucia

Dr. Mark Jamison and Dr. Ted Kury explained what regulation means, what it does and does not do to a group of St. Lucian stakeholders.

“Regulatory Design Concepts”

April 1, 2014
St. Lucia

Dr. Ted Kury made a presentation about the types of regulatory models and how they relate to the Caribbean at a Regulatory Forum in St. Lucia. His presentation focused mostly on a centralized model vs a local jurisdiction model.

“Sector Regulator Impacts on Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy”

April 1-2, 2014
Montevideo, Uruguay

Dr. Sanford Berg delivered this presentation at the Ibero-American Energy Regulators (ARIAE, Latin America) Annual Conference. Energy regulators presented to 40 plus participants from the region.

Dr. Ted Kury participated on the faculty of the ERRA Price Regulation and Tariffs training in Budapest, Hungary

February 17-18, 2014
Budapest, Hungary

Dr. Kury lead 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. For more information about this presentation, see our News page.

“Governance and Regulation”

February 11- 12, 2014
Gainesville, FL, USA

Dr. Sanford Berg delivered a session discussing governance and regulation at the UF Water Institute Symposium, held at the UF's Reitz Union.

The Gator Nation

Congratulations to Mr. Martin Untiedt, Senior Engineer (Petroleum Pipelines Regulation) for the National Energy Regulator of South Africa (NERSA), who earned the South Africa Economic Regulators Conference (SAERC) Award 2012 for the best research paper by a NERSA staff member for his paper titled “The Regulatory Framework and the Barriers to Investing in Economic Infrastructure in South Africa”, that he presented in August 2012. The award allowed him to attend any international regulatory training course of his choice, up to the award prize amount. After careful consideration of training opportunities, Martin chose to attend the PURC/World Bank International Training Program on Utility Regulation and Strategy for three reasons: 1) the structure of the program 2) the learning experience and faculty provided 3) the diverse network of attendees.

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.

Congratulations to Dr. Mark Jamison for his appointment to the Advisory Board of the Regulatory Policy Institute at Oxford University.

PURC Alumni, we'd like to hear from you! Please let us know what you've accomplished since your time with us. Email Us (purcinfo at warrington.ufl.edu).

What’s New

Webinar on the Evolution of the U.S. Natural Gas Market & Evolution of Regulation and Markets for Energy

In anticipation of the Turkey Energy Summit, Dr. Mark Jamison and Dr. Ted Kury delivered this webinar on March 18th. The webinar discussed regulation of energy markets and the evolution of the US natural gas market from a linear structure through restructuring. For more information about this presentation, see our News page.

Online Learning: Economics of Pricing

March 17 - April 27, 2014

What drives costs? How do customers react to prices? What impacts do subsidies have?

Build your foundation for difficult utility pricing decisions with our new online course “Economics of Pricing.” Learn from experts and exchange experiences and best practices with peers through the latest in internet technology.

PURC Executive Academy

PURC is developing an executive academy for senior managers and executives in utilities and regulatory agencies. The academy will assist them with organizational development, strategy, managing the political context and aligning purpose with stakeholders. For more information, please email Araceli Castaneda (araceli.castaneda at warrington.ufl.edu).

Body of Knowledge on Infrastructure Regulation

A NEW translation of the glossary of terms is available in Russian.

To see a complete listing of available translations, please visit the website.

Sustainable Energy Course

Energy sustainability is a popular topic, but fact-based and analytically rigorous discussions of the economic realities are rare. Florida students and other Floridians need to understand these realities so that they can make sound business and career decisions and to be informed citizens.

The course will be targeted to upper level undergraduates from any college at UF who have fulfilled a prerequisite in the principles of microeconomics.

The class is funded for two offerings and will be video recorded in Spring 2015 so that it can be made available for continuing education certificates.


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Phone: 352.392.2397
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