Topic-Focused Workshops

Our workshop series bring together regulatory professionals and PURC experts to tackle specific topics in greater depth. The three-hour sessions will be hosted in real-time using Zoom meetings.

Weighted Average Cost of Capital


Wednesday, April 7, 2021
9:00am – 12:00pm Eastern Daylight Time

This zoom-based workshop will focus on derivation of the Weighted Average Cost of Capital (WACC) for regulated utilities. We will discuss the various considerations for deriving WACC including priorities and practices. We will also analyze the various models used in the estimation of WACC, their inherent strengths and weaknesses, and potential remedies for weaknesses.

In this workshop you will learn:

  • Importance of WACC parameters such as risk free rates, beta, and equity risk premiums
  • Estimation methods for parameters used to derive WACC
  • Available data sources for determination of WACC

Public Policy for Big Tech


Thursday, April 8, 2021
9:00am – 12:00pm Eastern Daylight Time

Big Tech companies have created substantial changes in how people communicate, gain information, engage in pubic discourse, create businesses, etc. Almost every facet of life. How should governments respond? What from the past should be protected and what needs to change for citizens to take full advantage of the new opportunities? This course provides insights into how Big Tech works, the changes the companies represent, and how governments can respond.

Topics include:

  • How does content moderation work and what are its implications?
  • What are the privacy impacts and what are the effects of various regulatory options?
  • What are the new business opportunities and what policies facilitate local economic development?
  • What are the implications of broadband development and what regulatory policies promote development?
  • What are the futures of today’s Big Tech companies?

Workshop Structure

Each three-hour workshop will be delivered virtually through Zoom meetings.

This is not a self-paced course. Active participation in the Live Zoom session is required.

Workshop Fee

USD $595 course fee includes workshop tuition, Live! Zoom session, and course materials.

In addition, participants are eligible for Time with a PURC Expert packages at a special price. This isn’t consulting: Our goal is for you to be the expert. Following the workshop, you will have the dedicated, one-on-one time, to further analyze your unique circumstances with PURC faculty. You can sign-up with your workshop application for three hours for USD $1500 or five hours for USD $2000.

Workshop Requirements

  • Webcam and Mic enabled and on during workshop
  • Internet connection (DSL, LAN, or cable connection desirable)
  • Access to Zoom (download the latest version here)
  • Unique Zoom link will be provided once payment has been received

Questions?

Contact the workshop administrator.