Regulatory Foundations Training Program for the Rwanda Utilities Regulatory Agency
December 1 - 11, 2009
Electricity market design, financial analysis, designing economic incentives, and establishing prices were the main topics of a two-week course specifically designed by PURC for the Rwanda Utilities Regulatory Agency. The 69 participants, including commissioners and staff from Kenya, Rwanda, Tanzania, and Uganda, examined cases in determining the financial condition of an electric utility, separating regulatory from non-regulatory costs, restructuring an electricity market, designing prices, and benchmarking to encourage efficiency, along with numerous exercises.
In addition to technical topics such as demand forecasting, ratio analysis, and cost of service studies, the participants examined how to better understand stakeholder objectives, how to manage relationships when working on controversial issues, and how to communicate with the press. The course was delivered by PURC Director Mark Jamison, PURC Director of Energy Studies Ted Kury, and PURC Senior Fellow Raj Barua in conjunction with Professor Anton Eberhard of the University of Cape Town. This course was followed by a second training program on regulatory foundations for RURA in March 2010.