PURC Annual Conference
for Utility Service Providers, Policy Makers, and Regulators

Our U.S. energy and water supply systems are not ready for the future, according to some experts. The American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE) graded the U.S. energy infrastructure as a D+ and our drinking water systems as a D in 2017, exactly the same as in 2001. Florida fared somewhat better but not well in 2017.

New technologies are changing wireless communications, energy production and storage options, and customers' expectations for service. Cyber threats are evolving and it is hard for state regulators to review the costs of preventative measures. The 2017 storm season brought renewed calls for new solutions and approaches to storm hardening, recovery, and customer relations. We have faced these challenges before so what holds us back from making significant progress?

Please join us for the 45th PURC annual conference, "Securing the Future of Florida’s Utility Infrastructure" on February 21-22, 2018, when speakers and the audience will tackle these questions:

  • Is the infrastructure for water and energy in the U.S. and Florida as bad as the ASCE has determined?
  • What are the emerging inter-dependencies for telecoms, power and water in Florida and the nation?
  • How do companies in these sectors adapt to growing inter-dependency?
  • Is Florida’s water industry too fragmented?
  • What cyber security challenges do industry and government face?
  • What did we learn from the 2017 hurricane season?
  • What are the new roles for natural gas and the capacity of pipelines in Florida to support those roles?

This year’s conference will be located in Gainesville, Florida at the Hilton University of Florida Conference Center.

Hilton University of Florida Conference Center
1714 SW 34th Street
Gainesville, FL 32607
(352) 371-3600

Conference attendees can reserve at a group rate of $145.00 plus tax per night. Reservation deadline for the group rate has been extended to February 2, 2018. Reserve your room online or by calling reservations at (352) 371-3600. Group code is PUR218.

Past Annual Conferences

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. Mark Jamison serves as the Gerald L. Gunter Professor of research in regulatory policy.

Register on or before February 9, 2018 for $250 early registration fee. After February 9, 2018 registration fee is $300. Fee includes reception Wednesday evening, continental breakfast Thursday morning, plated lunch Thursday, and continuous refreshment breaks.


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Past Recipients

  • 2017
    Rick Moses
  • 2016
    Jim Breman
  • 2015
    Mary Anne Helton
  • 2014
    Greg Shafer
  • 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


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

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