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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 Administration. 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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