Title: PURC Update
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Permanent Link: http://ufdc.ufl.edu/UF00103493/00005
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Title: PURC Update
Physical Description: Serial
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: Summer 2009
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Volume ID: VID00005
Source Institution: University of Florida
Holding Location: University of Florida
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PURC Update

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Utility Research Center (PURC) at the
University of Florida. Our electronic newsletter Ardlive
is designed to keep utility regulators,
policymakers and infrastructure managers -select issue-
informed of our upcoming programs, research
activities and news about colleagues and
resources. We invite you to join our mailing list and receive our bulletins
by e-mail.

Director's Take
A commissioner recently asked how much research
costs. That's a good question. Over the past few years,
less than a fourth of PURC's research was sponsored by
someone, which means PURC faculty spend a lot of
uncompensated time pursuing ideas. Why would
someone invest so much time writing papers that no
one requested, and that require extensive effort to get
Frankly, research is simply in some people's DNA. We
academics are unlikely to use our time in airport
terminals editing a legal brief or organizing a project.
We will be found, however, trying to flesh out an idea,
testing the validity of received wisdom, or teasing out
insights that might be as obscure-sounding as which
lessons from radio spectrum auctions apply to carbon-
emission cap and trade schemes. When analyzing
problems and writing, we feel a rush we "get in the
zone" just as anyone who enjoys their work.
SRead more in this column by PURC Director Mark

Sandy's Selections
Dr. Sandy Berg has been surfing the internet for items
of interest and posts these resources on his web page,
Sandy's Selections.
SSandy's Selections

Training Programs

2009 PURC/OOCUR Advanced Course
Twenty-four infrastructure professionals from 12
nations learned to prepare for and perform price
reviews, and develop economic incentives appropriate
for utilities in small economies during the 2009
PURC/OOCUR Advanced Course: Advanced Methods in
Regulatory Pricing and Industry Analysis. The week-
long program utilized case studies, exercises, and
presentations as participants shared their expertise
while learning how to evaluate market competition and
develop remedies for market failure, analyze financial
statements for rate setting and evaluating sector
performance, and create and evaluate benchmarking
systems. In addition, they implemented local number
portability schemes and evaluated merger proposals.
Tey also developed innovative price structures, and
formulated policies for increasing broadband
SMore Info...

PURC/World Bank International Training Program on Utility Regulation and

Congratulations to the 79 graduates of the 25th
PURC/World Bank Program In January. They
represented 33 nations. Key lessons from the course,
co-authored by the participants and Dr. B~erg, are
available online. The 26th' delivery of the PURkC/World
Bank International Training Program is scheduled lune
8-19, 2009. Apply online now.
Since the program's inception in 1997, the number of
utility regulators and managers who have graduated
from the program totals 2,058.
SMore Info...

Practicing Leadership in a Political Environment: A One-Day Intensive Training
Workshop for Emerging Leaders in Utility Policy
This PURC leadership workshop, scheduled lune 20,
2009, will examine the activities, behaviors, mindsets
and skills of a successful leader. Participants will learn
to identify and build a leadership style that encourages
collaboration and team cohesiveness.
They will also consider the personal practices of
successful leaders in developing vision, resolving
conflicts and setting priorities.
OMore Info...

Providing Leadership in Utility Policy
Utility commissioners from the United States at the
PURC/CLA leadership seminar preceding the NARUC
Winter meeting in Washington, D.C. examined the
leadership skills and frameworks needed to help the
country confront issues, make difficult trade-offs,
formulate policy changes where appropriate, and make
attitude and behavioral changes when policy change is
not enough.
In the context of the substantive discussion of difficult
and controversial issues, participants explored
leadership questions and ~discovered new tools,
resources and paradigms to face what many see as
insurmountable challenges.
OMore Info...

Visiting Scholar
We are pleased to welcome Rui Marques from Portugal.
Dr. Marques is an assistant professor at the Technical
University of Lisbon. His research focuses on
regulation, procurement and benchmarking. During his
stay at PURC, Dr. Marques will work closely with Dr.
Berg on a critical survey of water and electric utility
The PURC Visiting Scholars program offers academics
the opportunity to continue their research in the
university environment and collaborate with PURC
faculty on topics of mutual interest. Many have
published subsequent articles with acknowledgments of
the support they received from PURC.
S

Congress of the Association of Brazilian Regulators
Regulatory networking promotes the sharing of ideas
and experiences across regulatory jurisdictions. More
than 500 regulators and infrastructure executives from
Brazil and nine other nations attended the 6th Annual
Congress of the Association of Brazilian Regulators
(ABAR) in May where Dr. Sandy Berg gave t~wo talks.
He served on the Plenary Roundtable on International
Experiences in Regulation, where he described, "u.s.
Infrastructure Reaulation: I enal Structures for Reducina Conflict." In
additin he presented ,a technical pap~ehr, ""olivia utili
Claudia Vargas). PURC Senior Fellow, Dennis Mahar,
also participated in the sessions and translated Berg's
plenary address into Portuguese for attendees. PURC
Visiting Scholar, Rui Marques, also presented technical
papers at the event. Many alumni from the PURC/World
Bank International Training Proqram Were In attendance. The
technical papers, photo gallery and presentation
summaries are available online at www.abar.orq.br/.
SFind more presentations on the faculty page

Internationalization of Infrastructure

Does utility internationalization mean that we need to
internationalize regulation? That was the question
addressed by Dr. Jamison in his keynote address at the
conference, Internationalization of Infrastructures, at
Delft University of Technology in May.
To answer the question, he explained to the 100
attendees that Internationalization of utilities involves
physical networks, logical networks, financial
Interconnections, policy spillovers, and geopolitics. In
comparing this pattern of cross-country effects of
infrastructure to the traditional purposes and designs
of regulatory agencies, Dr. Jamison concluded that
current instttions appear to be appropriate for the
task. He suggested, though, that research is needed
on organizational learning, adaptation, and leadership
in regulation so that regulators and stakeholders can
effectively address changed circumstances when
SFind more presentations on the faculty page

Coherence between Institutions and Technologies
Changing utility technologies, such as the adoption of
smart grid technologies, means that regulatory and
business organizations will have to change, according
to Dr. Jamison in his remarks at the workshop,
Exploring the Coherence between Institutions and
Technologies in Liberalized Infrastructures, at Delft
University of Technology.
Commenting on research at Delft about how
mismatches between the boundaries of regulation and
the boundaries of industry can hurt performance, he
explained U.S. experiences in which changes in
regulation resulted in technology surprises that erased
long held assumptions about the ways in which utility
technologies should work. Dr. Jamison emphasized thie
need for experimentation before undertaking large
regulatory changes to the 50 telecommunications
professionals in attendance.
SFind more presentations on the faculty page

Energy Risk USA
"May you live in interesting times" is often attributed
as the "Chinese Curse," despite the fact that it can't be
traced back to China, and may not even be a curse.
"Interesting times" may impose challenges, but may
also offer opportunity.
Financing major utility infrastructure projects during
turbulent times in the capital markets may be a
challenge, but state policies like those in Florida may
offer a solution. PURC Director of Energy Studies Ted
Kury spoke with delegates in May at Energy Risk USA in
Houston about his upcoming paper with PURC Policy
Analyst Dr. Lynne Holt about the role of state policies and utility
infrastructure development.
SFind more presentations on the faculty page

Cross Link with PURC
Find the resources you need on the PURC web site. Add
a link from your site to our home page,
warrington.ufl.edu/purc, and we'll be happy to reciprocate with
a cross link!
Send us your news.
O purcinfo @ warrington.ufl.edu

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