PURC Update

November 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

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

January 12 - 23, 2015
Gainesville, FL, USA

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. NOW Accepting Applications!

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

January 24, 2015
Gainesville, FL, USA

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. NOW Accepting Applications!

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

February 4 - 5, 2015
Gainesville, FL, USA

Utilities and their regulators are concerned with securing reliable, clean, and affordable energy; advanced communications; and clean, affordable water. Some stakeholders are advocating decentralizing services through distributed generation and micro grids. Roles and responsibilities are changing. So are the political landscape and stakeholder interests. Where can we change prices, technology access, and regulatory processes to ensure good performance? Which changes are most promising and which potentially harm customers?

Pricing for Sustainability

April 6 - May 22, 2015
Online

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 online course “Pricing for Sustainability.” Learn from experts and exchange experiences and best practices with peers through the latest in internet technology.

Comprehensive Regulatory Impact Analysis

April 6 - May 22, 2015
Online

  • Are your regulations achieving desired results?
  • Do you have the proper tools to analyze their impacts?
  • Do you want your studies to be the gold standard by which all others are measured?
  • Do you want your studies to be used and not shelved?

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.


Recent Training Programs and Events

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

October 14 - 16, 2014
Grenada

Understanding the important benefits of an independent regulator, even for state-owned utilities, was the subject of this three-day course in Grenada. Leadership from the OECS (Organisation of Eastern Caribbean States) who are working on forming a multinational regulatory system examined the critical features and roles of an independent regulator, the findings by academic researchers on the effects of having a proper regulatory agency, and how a well-designed regulatory system affects the roles of prime ministers, legislative bodies, ministries, courts, utilities and other stakeholders. Noting that important affected stakeholders experience losses and may resist change, the PURC faculty, Dr. Mark Jamison and Dr. Ted Kury, led the group in exploring ways to improve outcomes by proper regulatory design and working with impacted groups.

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


Presentations

Bermuda Energy Summit 2014

November 13, 2014
Bermuda

Dr. Ted Kury chaired Bermuda's 2014 Energy Summit. He delivered opening and closing remarks, performed the official introductions, and introduced each panel. He also moderated 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.

International Experiences on Sector Reform and Lessons Learned

November 4-5, 2014
Peru

Dr. Sandy Berg was invited to deliver a series of lectures at the Maestría en Regulación de los Servicios Públicos Pontificia Universidad Católica del Perú. His presentations intended to encourage thinking on how particular factors have promoted or hindered performance in infrastructure. These lectures were meant to serve as a focus for Peru to re-dedicate efforts to strengthen regulation and improve their energy and water sectors.

Elements Determining the Success of Infrastructure Regulation

September 30, 2014
Bogota, Colombia

Dr. Sandy Berg made a presentation at the Public Services Conference on the “Elements Determining the Success of Infrastructure Regulation.” His presentation highlighted six elements that are necessary for strong infrastructure performance:

  • Information
  • Institutions
  • Incentives
  • Ideas
  • Ideals
  • Individuals

The following day, he delivered a benchmarking workshop at CRA, the Water Regulator.

Quality in water and sanitation services: a challenge for regulation

September 29, 2014
San Jose, Costa Rica

ARESEP (Costa Rica) launched a Congress on Water Regulation, with participation of around 150 persons representing the main entities involved in services related to water for human consumption. Dr. Sandy Berg gave a presentation to the Congress entitled, “Quality in water and sanitation services: a challenge for regulation.”


The Gator Nation

Congratulations to PURC Alumnus, Mr. David Geddes, for his appointment as the Executive Director of OOCUR (Organisation of Caribbean Utility Regulators.)

Congratulations to Narongpol Chotset, PURC Intern, for his new position as an Auditor with the Bank of Thailand.


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

Online Learning: Comprehensive Regulatory Impact Analysis

April 6 - May 22, 2015

  • Are your regulations achieving desired results?
  • Do you have the proper tools to analyze their impacts?
  • Do you want your studies to be the gold standard by which all others are measured?
  • Do you want your studies to be used and not shelved?

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.

Online Learning: Director Mark Jamison weighs in on White House intervention in the FCC's Open Internet proceeding

Dr. Mark Jamison was featured on AEI's Tech Blog,TechPolicyDaily.com in response to the White House's support for Title II reclassification of the Internet and discusses how it could impact broadband development in the United States.

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