Regulatory Training Initiative

Regulatory Training Initiative

NRRI's Regulatory Training Initiative (RTI) provides comprehensive training to the regulatory community using a variety of learner-centric, flexible methods. Training content and materials will be available through a comprehensive, on-line "learning site" and will include on-demand courses, instructor-led classes, discussion boards, a resource library, and other tools. The initial courses will focus on basic principles and common issues confronting regulatory commissions, but the curriculum will expand to include emerging issues and policies in utility regulation, as well as an introduction to new technologies affecting electricity, water, gas, and telecommunications.

Course 1: Introduction to the Theory and Practice of Regulation

The first course in the NRRI RTI will provide participants with an introduction to the principles and practice of regulation. The principles of regulation provide the basis from which regulatory decisions are made. They are a mix of engineering, financial, legal, accounting, and economic concepts and methods. The practice of regulation focuses on the scope of regulatory decisions and how those decisions are made, including the mix of different types of expertise needed to mold those decisions.

Registration for these classes is ongoing

Lecture Title



1. Why Regulate?

Carl Pechman, Ph.D., Director, NRRI

September 17

2. Just and Reasonable

Prof. William Boyd, UCLA School of Law

September 24

3. Products of Regulation

Hon. Willie Phillips, Chair, Public Service Commission of the District of Columbia

October 1

4. Process of Regulation

Hon. Diane Munns, former Commissioner Iowa Utilities Board

October 8

5. Jurisdictional Issues of regulation

Hon. Suedeen Kelly, former FERC Commissioner and former Chair of the New Mexico Public Service Commission

October 15

6. Utility Business Models

Peter Fox-Penner, Ph.D., Founder and Director of the Boston University Institute for Sustainable Energy

October 22

7. The Coming Utility Transition

Hon. Susan Tierney, Ph.D., Senior Advisor, The Analysis Group

October 29

8. Panel Discussion: "What it's like to be a Regulator"

Hon. Susan Tierney, Ph.D. (moderator), Hon. David Danner, Washington Utilities and Transportation Commission, Hon. Diane Munns, Carl Pechman, Ph.D.

November 6

Additional Courses in Development (partial list)

  • Utility Accounting
  • Cost Allocation – Cost of Service Studies
  • The Regulatory History and Transformation of the Telecommunications Industry
  • Energy Efficiency and Demand-Side Management
  • Utility Programs for Low and Moderate Income Ratepayers
  • Preparing to be a Witness Before a Public Utility Commission

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