PURC Regulatory Training Course for the Members of the Office at the OUR
August 26 - 27, 2016
Recent statutory changes in Jamaica have established Commissioners as the regulatory decision makers for the Office of Utility Regulation, supplementing the Director General. PURC Director of Energy Studies Ted Kury and Raj Barua, PURC Senior Fellow and the Executive Director of the National Regulatory Research Institute, conducted a three day program in Kingston for the new Commissioners and key staff of the OUR. Topics included the role of regulation, the regulatory process, utility finance, ratemaking, and the role of regulation in implementing broad energy policy. The new Commissioners, drawn primarily from the business and academic community, remarked that their perception of regulation and the reality were very different. One remarked that he had viewed his role as largely administrative and was a bit daunted at the types of decisions he would be asked to make. All left with a better understanding of their role in the country’s electricity system.