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From severe weather to pandemic, energy expert outlines challenges ahead for utility industry

In the latest episode of Con Edison’s “Plugged In,” noted energy expert Dr. Ted Kury of the Public Utility Research Center gives his take on the two big issues confronting energy companies in 2020: severe weather and the COVID-19 pandemic. Listen to this episode from Con Edison on Spotify. 

Ex-FTC Officials Defend Simons, Say Trump Can’t Oust Him

Public Utility Research Center and Gunter Professor Dr. Mark Jamison spoke with Communications Daily, the authoritative source for telecom regulation, legislation and policy development news, about the potential nomination of Carolyn Roddy as the replacement for FCC Commissioner Mike O’Rielly. See what Jamison had to say in this story from Communications Daily. Subscription required.   

Can electrical systems be made less vulnerable to storms?

After Tropical Storm Isaias took out the power in New York City, reporter Pat Kiernan of NY1 asked Public Utility Research Center Director of Energy Studies Ted Kury about possible solutions to making utilities less vulnerable to storms. See what Dr. Kury recommends in this interview from NY1. 

The Good Fortune of Eugene Brigham

It was probably the simplest calculation Eugene Brigham would ever do. There were two lines that day at the University of Miami. One was to register for law school. The other, for business school. This was the mid-1950s. Law school was an established path. Business school? Newfangled and untried. The law school line was long, and Brigham was in it. But the business school line “was a little ole short line,” says Brigham, in his honeyed southern drawl. For a

Don’t punish tech companies for being great

“During the COVID-19 pandemic, digital tools have become indispensable to millions of home-bound Americans. Information technology businesses have quickly created or refined systems for distance learning, teleworking, telemedicine, news dissemination, and e-commerce. Yet, despite these successes, there are new demands to regulate companies such as Amazon, Zoom, and Facebook,” write Public Utility Research Center Director and Gunter Professor Dr. Mark Jamison and Post-Doctoral Student Peter Wang.  See more about why Jamison and Wang suggest tech companies shouldn’t be punished for

How the FCC is keeping the US connected during COVID-19

The Public Utility Research Center (PURC) hosted U.S. Federal Communications Commission (FCC) Commissioner Michael O’Rielly in its latest Next Practices Live. Commissioner O’Rielly spoke with PURC Director and Gunter Professor Dr. Mark Jamison about how the FCC is responding to COVID-19, leadership practices he finds most important in times like this, how a regulator provides leadership working across business and government boundaries, how the FCC updates its learning and adapts its strategies, and what lessons it’s learning. 

Base small business support on their economic realities | Mark Jamison

“The economic impacts of the coronavirus pandemic, and of the government responses to it, are significant and could be staggering, especially for small businesses. A Goldman Sachs small business survey found that a little over half of small businesses might last for less than three months in this economic downturn. Small business employs nearly 60 million people in the U.S. How many will be out of work this year is anyone’s guess, but the number will be large,” writes Public

What the battle over control of PG&E means for US utility customers

By Theodore J. Kury, Director of Energy Studies, Public Utility Research Center, University of Florida Warrington College of Business There’s a battle raging over the ownership of PG&E Corp., one of the nation’s largest utilities, with cities, hedge fund managers and even customers all in the running. Growing liabilities over its role in several deadly wildfires in California forced the company to file for bankruptcy in January. It hopes to soon reemerge with a stronger balance sheet. The state’s governor has

California crisis of fires, blackouts decades in the making

“The utility that serves more than 5 million electrical customers in one of the world’s most technologically advanced areas is now faced again and again with a no-win decision: risk starting catastrophic deadly wildfires, or turn off the lights and immiserate millions of paying customers.  Pacific Gas & Electric is in bankruptcy, facing $30 billion in liabilities, billions more in needed upgrades to its system and an uncertain path to safely providing reliable power to a vast portion of California.

Google vs US Attorneys General | In 60 seconds

Attorneys Generals from 48 states, Puerto Rico, and Washington D.C. have launched an investigation into Google for possible antitrust violations. Is there a basis for these investigations, or are the AG’s trying to get a say in how to run the tech giant? Public Utility Research Center Director and Gunter Professor Dr. Mark Jamison shares his take on the antitrust probe.