PURC Update

May 2015

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

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

June 8 - 19, 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.

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

June 20, 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.

PURC Advanced International Practices Program

July 26- August 6, 2015
Gainesville, FL, USA

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

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

February 4 - 5, 2015
Gainesville, FL, USA

PURC's 42nd Annual Conference examined options and decision making for energy supply, energy efficiency, the environment, prices, new technologies, and water regulation.

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

January 12 - 23, 2015
Gainesville, FL, USA

Congratulations to the graduates of the 37th delivery of this program. In January 2015, 51 participants traveled from 26 nations for the 37th delivery of this program to enhance their economic, technical, and policy skills.

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

Congratulations to the 15 emerging leaders who completed the leadership workshop, Practicing Leadership in a Political Environment on January 24th! They learned to identify and build a leadership style that encourages collaboration and team cohesiveness.

Customized Training Programs
Comprehensive Regulatory Impact Analysis in Broadcast Regulation

April 27 - 29, 2015
Bangkok, Thailand

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). The course explained how to frame the analysis, engage with stakeholders, align options with objectives, conduct cost-benefit and other forms of analyses, plan and implement policy changes, and review actual results, with a view towards next practices.

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

April 8 - 10, 2015
Kampala, Uganda

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. Members of the parliament, the UCC board, and staff members examined the practical, economic, and political realities of modern communications regulations.

PURC Regulatory Training Course for the Electricity Regulatory Authority

March 16 - 20, 2015
Kampala, Uganda

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.

Water Utility Regulatory Benchmarking: Performance Assessment and Improvement

February 23 - 27, 2015
Pristina, Kosovo

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 Kosovo organized by the Danube Water Program. Participants from regulatory agencies and ministries, the World Bank, and operators examined critical issues in water utility benchmarking, which included data collection, validation and dissemination, analysis of performance, and setting goals and action plans.

Our customized training programs are individually designed to help you identify the best solutions to the pressing issues you face today. Interested in customized training for your organization? Contact us (araceli.castaneda at warrington.ufl.edu).


What is PURC?

April 16, 2015
Gainesville, FL USA

What is PURC about? The Public Utility Research Center 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. Speaking to the Gainesville Rotary Sunrise, a group of local business leaders, PURC's director mark Jamison explained that PURC provides education and research that emphasizes sound analytical thinking and leadership practices that move people beyond today's seemingly impossible obstacles.

Why doesn't Florida have more solar power?

February 13 - 14, 2015
Gainesville, FL, USA

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. He explained three imperatives to keep in mind.

The Gator Nation

Congratulations to PURC Alumnus, Atanas Georgev for publishing his article, Bulgaria - the Island of Non-Liberalization, in The ICER Chronicle!

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

Body of Knowledge on Infrastructure Regulation

A NEW translation of the glossary of terms is available in Arabic. We would like to thank Saleh A. Bakhrebah of The Electricity & Cogeneration Regulatory Authority in Saudi Arabia for his dedication in making this project successful.

To see a complete listing of available translations, please visit regulationbodyofknowledge.org.

Director's Take on Current Issues

Read Dr. Mark Jamison's blog posts on TechPolicyDaily.com.

PURC Research Capabilities

Listen to Dr. Mark Jamison describe how PURC research can position you to better address the challenges facing your organization.


College Info

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

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