PURC Update

August 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

Pricing for Sustainability

October 20 - November 30, 2014

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.

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

January 12 - 23, 2015

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

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!


Recent Training Programs and Events

2014 Advanced International Practices Program

Congratulations to the graduates on this program!

Energy Pricing Course

Over July 27 - August 1, 2014, 10 participants from 9 countries learned core principles and engaged in a case study in energy pricing from start to finish.

Benchmarking Infrastructure Operations

Over August 4-7, 2014, 7 participants from 5 countries analyzed the benefits, best practices, and pitfalls of benchmarking utilities.

Telecom Policy and Regulation for Next Generation Networks

Over August 4-7, 2014, 7 participants from 6 countries examined the foundations, drivers, and policy priorities for NGN.

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

Congratulations to the graduates of the 36th delivery of this program. In June 2014, 76 participants traveled from 32 nations for the 36th 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 16 emerging leaders who completed the leadership workshop, Practicing Leadership in a Political Environment on June 21st! They learned to identify and build a leadership style that encourages collaboration and team cohesiveness.


Customized Training Programs

Cost of Service Training for the Nation of Curacao

Over June 24 - 27, 2014, PURC delivered a three and a half day training in Curacao to provide attendees with basic knowledge on cost of service and rate design. PURC designed this course in consultation with Aqualectra, Curacao's Water and Power Company.

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


Presentations

NRRI/PURC Teleseminar: Leadership Challenges in Regulation

August, 6, 2014
Online

Practicing leadership in a regulatory environment is probably more complicated than in any other space. Why? The regulator's leadership must come through influence more than through authority, which is the reverse of most situations. Industry and regulators alike must deal with a complex system of laws, traditions, politics, and stakeholders that often hides underlying conflicts and resists candid examination of its challenges.

Cost of Service and Public Policy

June 23, 2014
Curacao

Dr. Ted Kury delivered a presentation about Cost of Service and Public Policy at the University of Curacao for students and public in general to better understand regulation and pricing issues.

Challenges in Implementing CO2Emissions Policy

June 20, 2014
Gainesville, FL, USA

In response to the EPA's climate change proposal, Dr. Ted Kury delivered a presentation to the residents of Oak Hammock, a retirement community in Gainesville, Florida. Ted discussed the components of the proposed EPA rule on CO2 emissions from power plants, and its potential impact on Florida and the U.S.

IEI Turkey Energy Summit

June 5 - 6, 2014
Istanbul, Turkey

Dr. Mark Jamison delivered a session, "Regulation on Energy Markets, Lessons from the U.S.," at the IEI Turkey Energy Summit. Dr. Jamison discussed market prices, regulatory impacts, renewables and shale gas, as well as leadership challenges in energy reforms.

World Energy Markets: Challenges for Leadership and Policy

June 4, 2014
Ankara, Turkey

Dr. Mark Jamison delivered a presentation on the challenges for leadership and policy as pertaining to world energy markets to the Department of International Relations at TOBB-ETU University in Ankara, Turkey. He discussed the current energy climate, future forecasts and the drivers of energy policy.

The Revision of Market Definition and Competition in the Thai Telecommunication Industry Project Conference

May 28 - 31, 2014
Bangkok, Thailand

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.

Poster Sessions at the 2014 FESC Workshop

May 13, 2014
Gainesville, FL, USA

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.


The Gator Nation

Congratulations to Carlos Gutiérrez, PURC Alumnus, for being named to the GNSO Council of ICANN.

Congratulations to Natchaya Taweewitchakreeya and Roswan Sangsprasert of the National Broadcasting and Telecommunications Commission of Thailand for their published book: Towards Convergence: Thailand's Telecom and Broadcasting Policy. The two composed this book while interning at PURC in 2012.

Thank you to Commissioner Prasert Silphiphat and his staff of the National Broadcasting and Telecommunications Commission of Thailand for their visit to PURC in July.

Welcome aboard, Dr. Michelle Phillips, PURC's new Junior Economist. Michelle's research interests include regulatory policy, governance and institutions, and efficiency. PURC director, Mark Jamison, said, "Michelle's strong orientation towards serving the needs of utility and regulatory professionals, her intellectual integrity, and her curiosity make her a perfect fit for PURC." Michelle will teach a course on Energy Sustainability that will be offered through the traditional university enrollment this Fall and next Spring. The class will be video recorded so that it can be made available for continuing education in the future. Michelle comes to us from Missouri University of Science and Technology. She earned her Ph.D. in Economics from the University of Florida in 2012.


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: Pricing for Sustainability

October 20 - November 30, 2014

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.

Online Learning: Comprehensive Regulatory Impact Analysis

October 20 - November 30, 2014

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.

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).

Energy Sustainability 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.

This 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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