Title: PURC review
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Title: PURC review
Series Title: PURC review
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Language: English
Creator: Public Utility Research Center, Warrington College of Business, University of Florida
Publisher: Public Utility Research Center, Warrington College of Business, University of Florida
Place of Publication: Gainesville, Fla.
Publication Date: Fall 2003
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Volume ID: VID00003
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Vol. 11

Thanks to our sponsors and friends, the Public Utility Research Center continues to conduct programs that
are mutually beneficial to the energy, water, telecommunications, regulatory, and academic sectors.

Partnering with NARUC

PURC staff have partnered with
NARUC (the National Association
of Regulatory Utility Commission-
ers) on a variety of projects in the
past few months. PURC Execu-
tive Director Mark Jamison, who
is also Director of Telecommuni-
cations Studies at PURC, attended
the NARUC summer meeting in
Denver, Colorado, July 24-30, fa-
cilitating a workshop on the FCC's
Triennial Review of its policies
implementing the Telecommuni-
cations Act of 1996.
Prior to the workshop, Dr. Jami-
son spent several days working
with regulators and industry rep-
resentatives to organize panels
and develop questions to be ad-
dressed. Since the FCC decision
leaves states responsible for how
and whether new entrants in tele-
communications can lease por-
tions of the incumbent local net-
works and since states must make
most of their decisions within nine
months, NARUC will be offering
assistance at regional events as

Mark Jamison

well and has expressed an interest
in having Dr. Jamison participate
in these.
About 200 people attended the
workshop, which resulted in sub-
stantive suggestions for the state
regulators who will be imple-
menting key portions of the FCC's
In May 2003, PURC Director of
Energy Studies Paul Sotkiewicz
met with regulators from Central
Europe at the 2nd Annual Energy

Regulators Regional Association
Conference on Energy Regulation
and Investment, co-sponsored by
attended sessions on regional
power trading initiatives and
competition in the newly forming
electricity markets in the region.

In June 2003, Dr. Sotkiewicz was
a member of the NARUC team
that co-hosted the 1st Annual En-
ergy Regulatory Conference for
the Global Energy Network and
the Southern African Forum for
Energy Regulators, Utilities, and
Stakeholders in Namibia. He
moderated sessions and gave a
keynote presentation that stressed
regulatory principles vis-a-vis in-
vestor expectations.

PURC Director Sanford Berg at-
tended NARUC's 2003 Winter
Meeting in Washington, D.C., re-
porting on PURC activities to the
Committee on International Rela-
tions and the Water Committee.

Calendar of Events for 2003-2004
2004 PURC Annual Conference-When Should Competition Be the Regulator?
February 11- 12, 2004; Hilton UF Conference Center
1714 SW 34 St., Gainesville 32607; Telephone 352-371-3600, FAX 352-371-0306 Contact: Kat
Worden at
Make your hotel reservations by January 12, 2004, to obtain special conference rates. 352-392-0060 or
Information regarding conference registration will be mailed in early January 2004, but Patricia Mason
you can register online at any time (www.purc.org). 352-392-6148

The conference will follow its traditional schedule. The first day will feature several
keynote speakers and a roundtable discussion of regulatory issues by commissioners from the Florida
Public Service Commission. The second day, which runs 8:30-11.30 a.m., offers concurrent sessions on
energy and telecommunications topics, followed by an Executive Roundtable.

PURC Leadership in Promoting Substantive Research

Contact: PURC research attempts to contribute key insights on the underlying principles of utility
regulation, market reform, and infrastructure operations. Creating forums for sharing
Mark Jamison
ideas is one way of promoting best practices. Mark Jamison is currently serving as Presi-
at dent of the American Economic Association's (AEA) Transportation and Public Utilities
352-392-2929 Group (TPUG) and will chair a joint session with the AEA titled "The Successes and Fail-
ures of Regulation and Deregulation" on January 4, 2004, at 2:30 p.m. Session speakers
are: Alfred Kahn of the National Economic Research Associates, Severin Borenstein of the University of
California at Berkeley, Len Waverman of the London Business School, and Witold Henisz of the Univer-
sity of Pennsylvania.

PURC will co-sponsor its second workshop for academic and government economists at the Federal
Communications Commission in December 2003. Dr. Jamison will lead sessions during the one-day
meeting. In May 2004, PURC will co-sponsor a research conference at the London Business School on
"Competition in Networking: Wireless and Wireline Wars."

Another venue for stimulating research is through academic and policy journals. PURC has been
asked to organize a "Special Issue on Service Quality" for Utilities Policy. Dr. Jamison is a member of the
journal's editorial board. PURC Policy Analyst Lynne Holt has prepared a survey paper on "Utility Ser-
vice Quality -Telecommunications, Electricity, Water" that is available from PURC. Along with Drs.
Berg and Jamison, Dr. Holt will be facilitating the review process for submissions for the special issue on
service quality. Defining, monitoring, and rewarding quality is extremely important for strong infra-
structure performance.

Educational programs have been incorporating PURC material into their curricula, and articles and
books by PURC-affiliated researchers are regularly utilized in university reading lists. (See the item on
the back page regarding Dr. Jamison's work in Africa.)


PURC Responds to Public Questions about Public Utilities

The educational component of
PURC's mission includes giving
journalists the background infor-
mation they need to inform the
public accurately and responsibly
about topical issues related to
public utilities. Dr. Paul Sot-
kiewicz, PURC's Director of En-
ergy Studies, has been particularly
in demand concerning electricity
issues generally and most recently
with the issues surrounding the
Northeast/Midwest Blackout.

Within minutes of the outage Dr.
Sotkiewicz was online checking
the NERC TLR web site and the
Northeastern ISO OASIS (Open
Access Same-Time Information
System) site for clues about what
might have happened. Shortly
thereafter, he gave a live interview
on local radio. One of the first

questions asked was whether
"privatization" was involved in
the outage, a clear indication of
the need for better public under-
standing of basic energy issues.

Actually, journalists themselves
recognize the need to be better
informed, and a web site of re-
porting tools for in-depth back-
ground is called FacsNet
(www.facsnet.org). Along with
Dr. Paul Joskow of MIT, a former
recipient of the PURC Distin-
guished Service Award, Dr. Sot-
kiewicz is listed on FacsNet as a
source for reporters to contact re-
garding electricity sector issues.

As a result of this listing, Dr. Sot-
kiewicz has given an interview to
the Cleveland PBS radio affiliate,
WCPN, and he was a panelist in

Paul Sotkiewicz

September at the National Con-
vention of the Society of Profes-
sional Journalists in Tampa, ad-
dressing journalists from through-
out the United States. He spoke
on post blackout energy issues, as
well as issues regarding the or-
ganization of electricity regulation
and markets in the United States
and grid operation.

Additional Staff Activities

Dr. David Sappington, recipient of the PURC Distinguished Service Award last year and Director of the
Public Policy Research Center at the Warrington College of Business Administration, presented invited
testimony to the President's Commission on the U.S. Postal Service earlier this year. He served as Chief
Economist at the FCC last year and has co-authored a paper on "The Federal Communications Commis-
sion's Competition Policy and Marketing's Information Technology Revolution" with D. Stockdale-
Journal of Public Policy & Marketing 22(1): 26-34, 2003. He has also published "Regulating Horizontal Di-
versification" in the International Journal of Industrial Organization 21(3): 291-315, 2003.

Dr. Paul Sotkiewicz and Dr. Lynne Holt have collaborated on an overview of issues pertaining to
"Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy Policy Options" as background for the proposed development
of a State Energy Plan by the Florida Energy Office. Dr. Sotkiewicz has also recently completed two
working papers: "Considerations for the Design of Restructured Electricity Markets and Institutions"
and "Cross-Subsidies that Minimize Electricity Consumption Distortions."


Warrington College of Business Administration
PO Box 117142
Gainesville, FL 32611-7142

International Notes I

The 15th PURC/World Bank International Training
Program on Utility Regulation and Strategy will take place
January 12-23, 2004. This two-week training program for
utility regulators and senior professionals is offered in
January and June each year. The program features 52 ses-
sions led by an international faculty. More than 1,150 par-
ticipants from 114 countries have attended the program to
date, learning about the challenges of infrastructure reform
for regulatory agencies, companies, and governments. For
further information, contact Virginia Hessels or Araceli
Castaneda at 352-392-3655.
Dr. Jamison presented curriculum and simulation mod-
els on incentive regulation that he is developing in collabo-
ration with the University of South Africa (UNISA), May
27-June 5, 2003, in Gaborone, Botswana.

Sponsors and Representatives
on the PURC Executive

BellSouth Telecommunications, Inc.
Florida Municipal Electric Assoc.
Florida Municipal Power Agency
Florida Power & Light Company
Progress Energy Florida
Florida Public Counsel's Office
Florida Public Service Commission
Gainesville Regional Utilities
Gulf Power Company
Seminole Electric Cooperative, Inc.
Sprint/United Telephone of Florida
University of Florida
Verizon Communications

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