PURC Annual Conference
For more than 30 years, our annual conference has served as a neutral forum for engaging dialogue about issues facing utility service providers, policymakers and regulatory agencies. The February event in Gainesville brings together key leaders in industry and academia, primarily from Florida and the Southeast.
PURC is registered with the Florida Department of Business and Professional Regulation as a provider of continuing professional education programs. Each year, we apply to the DBPR for technical business CPE credit for conference sessions, as well as to the Florida Bar for general CLER credit for Florida law practitioners.
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?
Please join us for PURC's 42nd Annual Conference where we will examine options and decision making for energy supply, energy efficiency, the environment, prices, new technologies, and water regulation. Speakers and participants will engage in discussions that address the following questions:
- How are the roles and responsibilities in utility service changing? What is being ignored and what are the elephants in the room?
- What are the effects of electricity decentralization on suppliers and consumers?
- What are the impacts of new environmental standards?
- What are the implications of pricing for distributed generation?
- To what extent is water a binding constraint for energy supply and economic growth?
Registration Opens November 4, 2014
Past Annual Conferences
- 41st Annual PURC Conference 2014
- 40th Annual PURC Conference 2013
- 39th Annual PURC Conference 2012
- 38th Annual PURC Conference 2011
- 37th Annual PURC Conference 2010
- 36th Annual PURC Conference 2009
- 35th Annual PURC Conference 2008
- 34th Annual PURC Conference 2007
- 33rd Annual PURC Conference 2006
- 32nd Annual PURC Conference 2005
- 31st Annual PURC Conference 2004
- 30th Annual PURC Conference 2003
- 29th Annual PURC Conference 2002
- 28th Annual PURC Conference 2001
- 27th Annual PURC Conference 2000
- 26th Annual PURC Conference 1999
- 25th Annual PURC Conference 1998
- 24th Annual PURC Conference 1997
- 23rd Annual PURC Conference 1996
- 22nd Annual PURC Conference 1995
- 21st Annual PURC Conference 1994
- 20th Annual PURC Conference 1993
- 19th Annual PURC Conference 1992
- 18th Annual PURC Conference 1991
- 17th Annual PURC Conference 1990
- 16th Annual PURC Conference 1989
- 15th Annual PURC Conference 1988
- 14th Annual PURC Conference 1987
- 13th Annual PURC Conference 1986
- 12th Annual PURC Conference 1985
- 11th Annual PURC Conference 1984
- 10th Annual PURC Conference 1983
- 9th Annual PURC Conference 1982
- 8th Annual PURC Conference 1981
- 7th Annual PURC Conference 1980
- 6th Annual PURC Conference 1979
- 5th Annual PURC Conference 1978
- 4th Annual PURC Conference 1977
- 3rd Annual PURC Conference 1976
- 2nd Annual PURC Conference 1975
- 1st Annual PURC Conference 1974
PURC Distinguished Service Award
Each year at the PURC Annual Conference, PURC honors an individual who has contributed to the understanding of regulatory economics and finance. The PURC Distinguished Service Award recognizes the cumulative impact of an individual's research and policy analyses on both the academic community and regulatory policymakers.
Gerald L. Gunter Distinguished Service Award
The Gerald L. Gunter Distinguished Service Award is presented jointly at our Annual Conference by PURC and the Florida Public Service Commission. It recognizes a Public Service Commission employee who has made a significant contribution to the development of regulatory policy.
The award is named after the late FPSC Commissioner Gerald L. Gunter, who was especially supportive of the relationship between the University and the Florida PSC. After his death in June 1991, the Gerald L. Gunter Memorial was established by his friends and colleagues. In addition to the Gunter Award, financial gifts enabled the establishment of the Gunter Professorship in the Warrington College of Business Administration. Richard Romano serves as the Gerald L. Gunter Professor of research in regulatory policy.
Robert J. Casey
Connie S. Kummer
James A. Ward
J. Alan Taylor