45th Annual PURC Conference: Securing the Future of Florida's Utility Infrastructure

February 21 - 22, 2018
Gainesville, Florida


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, with a C+ for drinking water infrastructure and a C- for energy. 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?

At the 45th PURC annual conference, speakers and the audience tackled 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?


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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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