PURC Annual Conference

for Utility Service Providers, Policy Makers, and Regulators

Speaker and attendees at a PURC Annual Conference

46th Annual PURC Conference

Digitalization, Disruption, Dogma: The Amazon-Uber-fication of Utilities?
February 20 – 21, 2019
Gainesville, Florida
Preliminary Conference Agenda

Early registration fee, $250, until February 1st.

Every few years we hear another prediction about the eminent death of utility businesses. Someday this prediction will be right – nothing lasts forever – but is this that day? Will the new disrupters send power utilities, water utilities, or traditional broadband providers packing?

Some utilities are getting in front of today’s changes. Some regulators and policy makers want to choose the path forward. But what is that right way? Will it be Amazonification, where squeezing margins and creating high customer expectations dominate the future? Or will it be Uberfication, where anyone can be a utility, or not, whenever the urge strikes them? How can companies, regulators and policy makers stay adaptable and thrive with whatever directions the disruptions take us?

Join us for the 46th PURC annual conference where speakers and the audience will tackle these questions:

  • What are the new realities and the new myths for utility businesses?
  • Will government policy, economics, technology or all three drive the future?
  • What do blockchain and artificial intelligence mean for utility businesses and regulation?
  • Are new business models needed? What is being tried? What is working?
  • What are the adaptive challenges and leadership challenges in a changing industry?
  • Where are existing laws and regulations holding us back? Where are they keeping us from making foolish mistakes?

The conference is hosted at the Hilton University of Florida – 1714 SW 34th Street, Gainesville, Florida. Registration opens at 1pm on Wednesday and the conference concludes following lunch on Thursday. A discounted guestroom rate, $145 plus tax per night, is available for conference attendees. Reserve your room online or by calling reservations at (352) 371-3600. Group code is PUR219. Reservations must be made by January 25, 2019 to secure the discounted rate.

PURC is registered with the Florida Department of Business and Professional Regulation as a provider of continuing professional educations programs. Each year, we apply to the DBPR for technical business CPE credit for conference sessions, as well as to the Florida Bar for general CLER credit for Florida law practitioners.

Additional questions? Email us.


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.

  • 2018: Patti Daniel
  • 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