PURC/ABAR Course: Regulatory Challenges of Electric Power Supply and Sanitation in Brazil
September 22 - 25, 2009
Thirty-seven infrastructure professionals from Brazil learned how to develop indicators for sector performance during the PURC/ABAR course, Regulatory Challenges of Electric Power Supply and Sanitation in Brasilia. PURC and the Brazilian regulatory association, Associação Brasileira de Agências de Regulação (ABAR), collaborated in the development of sessions addressing current issues facing Brazilian utilities and regulators.
PURC Director of Water Studies Dr. Sandy Berg joined PURC Associate Ashley Brown of the Harvard Electricity Policy Group to deliver presentations about pricing for efficiency and fairness, as well as evaluating regulatory procedures for transparency, among other issues. Participants shared their expertise with one another through a structured SWOT analysis (Strengths, Weaknesses, Opportunities, Threats) and drew lessons from their experiences in the sectors. They had access to simultaneous translation, enabling a good exchange of views regarding current regulatory challenges. Brazilian speakers included professors from the University of Brasilia and from several state regulatory commissions.