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?
Hotel Information

UF Hilton Conference Center Gainesville

Group rate is $142.00 plus tax per night
Need to reserve by January 16, 2015
Group code UFP215

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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.

Past Recipients

  • 2013
    Andrew Maurey
  • 2012
    Tom Ballinger
  • 2011
    Robert J. Casey
  • 2010
    Kathy Welch
  • 2009
    Mark Futrell
  • 2008
    David Smith
  • 2007
    Connie S. Kummer
  • 2006
    Cheryl Bulecza-Banks
  • 2005
    Marshall Willis
  • 2004
    Tim Devlin
  • 2003
    James A. Ward
  • 2002
    Lisa Harvey
  • 2001
    David Dowds
  • 2000
    Sally Simmons
  • 1999
    J. Alan Taylor
  • 1998
    Dale Mailhot
  • 1997
    Bob Trapp
  • 1996
    Cindy Miller
  • 1995
    John Williams
  • 1994
    Beth Salak
  • 1993
    Joe McCormick
  • 1992
    Jill Butler


College Info

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

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