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37th Annual PURC Conference
loin us as we explore the difficult issues that
regulators, policymakers, industry, and consumers must
confront to ensure that Florida andl the nation continue
to improve the availability and effectiveness of our
energy, telecommunications, and water supplies.
Register now for the 37th Annual PURC Conference at
the Hilton University of Florida Conference Center in
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Sometimes what we want to be true gets in our way of
knowing what is true. Read more in "1Thinking Critically about
Research, a COlumn by PURC Director Mark lamison.
For example, last year an association of physicists
invited its members to engage in a debate concerning
the International Panel on Climate Change's (IPCC)
conclusion regarding man-made global warming. In
inviting articles for Its professional journal, the
association said, "We will not publish articles that are
political or polemical in nature. Stick to the science!"
SRead more in this column by PURC Director Mark
Dr. Sandy Berg has gathered new items of interest and
posts these resources on his web page, Sandy's
PURC/World Bank International Training Program
Congratulations to the 70 graduates of the 26th
PURC/World Bank Program in June. They represented
32 nations. "Key lessons from the Course," co-authored
by the participants and Dr. Sandy Berg, is available
Since the program's inception in 1997, the number of
utility regulators and managers who have graduated
from the program totals 2,128. The 27th delivery of the
PURC/World Bank International Training Program is
scheduled january 11-22, 2010
Practicing Leadership in a Political Environment: A One-Day Intensive Training
Workshop for Emerging Leaders in Utility Policy
This PURC leadership workshop, scheduled january 23,
2010, 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.
Thirty-seven infrastructure professionals from Brazil
learned how to develop indicators for sector
performance during the PURC/ABAR course, Regulatory
Challenges of Electric Power Supply and Sanitation in
Brasilia. PURC and the Brazilian regulatory association,
Associagio Brasileira de Agincias de Reguilagio
(ABAR), collaborated in the development of sessions
addressing current issues facing Brazilian utilities and
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.
World Forum on Energy Regulation IV
In October, Energy regulators face many challenges in
integrating new technologies and new environmental
initiatives within the industry charged with meeting the
energy needs of a growing world. There may be no
better time for regulatory associations to take some
time to invest in themselves, to better meet the
challenges and opportunities of the future. At the
World Forum on Energy Regulation IV (WFER IV) in
Athens, Greece, PURC Director of Energy Studies Ted
Kury discussed the benefits of regulatory networks with
an audience of energy regulators, practitioners, and
media from around the world.
His presentation, "Capacity Building through Requlatory Networkinq"l
described many of the benefits and scale
improvements available through regulatory networking,
but also discussed the questions that regulators should
ask to better realize these benefits. He concluded that
the work done "up-front" by regulators will realize
greater benefits for their associations in the future..
What are the important elements of training utility
regulators for the future? That was the topic of Dr.
Mark lamison's presentation, entitled "Utility Requlation
Today: A Nexus of Technical. Political, and Leadership Skills", DreSented
at WFER IV. Speaking before an audience of 50 utility
regulators and~ industry representatives from around
the world, he emphasized the four essential skill areas
involved in regulatory work, namely technical skills
(such as accounting, law, and economics), political
skills, management skills, and leadership skills.
Technical issues comprise about 80 percent of the work
of regulatory agencies, but they are ineffective if
regulators are not also effective in working the human
processes of regulation. Regulators need to think
politically without being political. They also need to
organize and strengthen their organizations.
Finally, they also need to influence change in the
regulatory and policy system when appropriate by
calling attention to conflicts between current practices
and new realities, and helping people make the
Paris-Sorbonne University Symposium
Utility regulators face unique leadership challenges
because of the special positions their agencies hold
with government, according to Dr. Mark lamison.
Speaking to a symposium at the Paris-Sorbonne
University (Paris IV), he explained that the
independent nature of regulatory agencies means each
stakeholder, such as politicians and service providers,
must give something up in order for the regulatory
system to function properly.
Even though as a group, stakeholders are better off
with an effective regulatory agency, individual
stakeholders may see themselves as gaining an
advantage by challenging the agency's role. This
means that formal institutional rules are not enough to
make a regulatory institution strong. Personal
leadership skills are needed as well, especially during
times of change. The leadership skills required for
regulators are different than those required for heads
of companies or other government bodies, in that the
regulator is not authorized to lead (as leading is
reserved for politicians and other public leaders). So
the regulator must be prepared to effectively influence
the direction and dynamics of change without being the
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The Gator Nation
PURC extends its congratulations to the PURC alumni
who delivered excellent presentations at the recent
annual conference of the Organisation of Caribbean
Utility Regulators (OOCUR), November 4-6, 2009, in
Dr. Jamison attended the conference and was
impressed with the quality of the presentations and
with the advancements and innovations that have been
made in Caribbean on regulatory issues. PURC alumni
making presentations included Ms. Annie Baldeo, Mr.
Eugene Cleland, Mr. Rowald Derrick, Mrs. Josette
Maxwell-Dalsou, Mr. Zia Mian, Ms. Claire Moolchan, Mr.
Justice Prem Persaud, Mrs. Rita Persaud-Kong, Mr.
Cedric Wilson, and Ms. Ro Ann Wright, The program is
ava ila ble onlIi ne at http: //www.oocur.orq/7th%/2000CUR%
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