39th Annual PURC Conference - Utility Policy Today: Do We Have Strategies or Just Tactics
February 15 - 16, 2012
Gainesville, Florida USA
Strategy is a plan to achieve a goal, but what if the goals are still under debate or keep changing? Can regulators, utility professionals, and stakeholders formulate strategies, or are they reduced to tactics while policymakers debate? As PURC enters its 40th year of serving Florida, utility regulation remains a controversial and complex topic. This year's conference addressed key issues facing utilities, their regulators, and their customers:
- What are the ongoing battles (or disagreements) in energy, telecommunications, and water?
- Are the battles needed or are they merely legacies from previous eras?
- Are there new technologies, social developments, and information that decision-makers need to consider so debates can be fact-based?
- Are public priorities based on realistic views regarding what is possible?
The 39th Annual PURC Conference explored whether the goals of regulators and executives are fundamentally consistent and whether achieving them is actually feasible. Speakers examined the extent to which public policy ignores trade-offs among legitimate objectives. Sessions explored how decision-makers who determine infrastructure performance can design strategies and develop coherent tactics that lead to outcomes citizens desire.
The next Annual PURC Conference is scheduled Tuesday and Wednesday, Feb. 12-13, 2013. Registration opens Nov. 1, 2012.