PURC/World Bank International Training Program on Utility Regulation & Strategy

The International Training Program on Utility Regulation and Strategy, scheduled each January and June in Gainesville, is a collaboration between PURC and The World Bank.

45th PURC/World Bank International Training Program on Utility Regulation and Strategy

Save the Date – Applications available by August 2018

January 14 – 25, 2019
Gainesville, FL
Program Brochure

The international training program is an intensive, two-week course specifically tailored to the professional requirements of utility regulators and regulatory staff. The course is designed to enhance the economic, technical, and policy skills required for implementing policies and managing sustainable regulatory systems for infrastructure sectors.

Each program encompasses more than 50 sessions that include case studies, practical exercises and panel discussions with leading experts and international faculty.

You will learn:

  • Why countries are reforming their utility sectors and the basic approaches
  • How competition affects tariff rebalancing, cross-subsidization, and funding of social obligations
  • How to conduct price reviews
  • How to determine the cost of capital and assess the projects, particularly in countries with scarce or unreliable cost information
  • What incentive rules promote competition, efficiency, and innovation
  • What the effective regulatory strategies are for monitoring performance and enforcing compliance
  • Where competitive forces can be introduced or strengthened
  • What the key considerations are in rate design
  • What the key considerations are for the establishment and functioning of regulatory institutions
  • How the regulatory process can promote legitimacy and credibility of regulatory decisions

Program Fees

US $7,200 for utility regulators
US $8,400 for staff from private or public infrastructure companies

The fee includes the following:

  • Program tuition
  • Accommodations for 13 nights (arrival Sunday, January 13 and departure Saturday, January 26)
  • Daytime meals Monday – Friday, including breakfast, refreshment breaks and lunch
  • Welcome Reception Sunday, January 13
  • Dinner Social Thursday, January 17
  • Closing Program Dinner Friday, January 25
  • Reading and classroom material
  • Campus tour and transportation to local shopping area
  • Basic Economic Training (Sunday, January 13, 2:00pm – 5:30pm)
  • Plant visit(s)

PURC training is part of a package of programs that support the creation and training of infrastructure regulators. The World Bank, through the Private Provision of Public Services group, provided seed money to PURC in 1996 and continues to collaborate by providing speakers and marketing assistance.

The National Association of Regulatory Utility Commissioners (NARUC) is an official promoter of the PURC/World Bank International Training Program on Utility Regulation and Strategy.

The World Bank Award

PURC receives The World Bank Award

The World Bank presented a Certificate of Recognition to PURC during the 13th International Training Program on Utility Regulation and Strategy for “outstanding support and partnership provided to Supporting Infrastructure Regulators Team for the year 2002.” Each year, the president of The World Bank recognizes two or three groups within the Bank with an “Award for Excellence.” The projects associated with the award are typically Bank-lending operations that pioneer some new methods of accomplishing program goals. In 2003, The World Bank included a set of rather non-traditional projects, initiatives that include the PURC/World Bank International Training Program, which has been presented twice yearly in Gainesville since 1997.