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Maine voters don’t like their electric utilities, but they balked at paying billions to buy them out

Frustration with electric utilities is universal today. Whether it’s concerns over high rates, poor service or a combination of both, people are constantly looking for a better answer to the systems that serve them. In the Nov. 7, 2023, election,

Mark Jamison

The Biden Administration Embraces a Backward Approach to Economics

In his latest op-ed, Public Utility Research Center Director and Gunter Professor Mark Jamison argues that the Biden administration’s plan will hold American companies back from being world leaders. Read more in the National Review. 

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The problems at the FTC go beyond losing merger battles

Public Utility Research Center Director and Gunter Professor Mark Jamison shares his insights on the troubling state of the FTC, which raises valid concerns about the direction of antitrust enforcement and the agency’s declining respect for free markets and individual

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FTC Troubles Raise Broader Questions on Future of Independent Agencies

Recent issues at the FTC raise “troubling” questions for the future of independent agencies, includ­ing the FCC, said Mark Jamison, Public Utility Research Center Director and Gunter Professor, during an AEI forum Thursday. Read more insights from Jamison in this

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A CEO’s Virtual Mentor | A Regulatory Primer for Board Members with Non Regulatory Backgrounds

Are you a new board member serving on a regulated company board, but from a non-regulatory background? This podcast episode featuring Public Utility Research Center Director and Gunter Professor Mark Jamison is directed especially to newer board members and executives

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Public Utility Research Center celebrates 50 years of service

The Public Utility Research Center (PURC) will be celebrating its 50th anniversary this month. Established in 1972, PURC strives to enhance the understanding of issues confronting public utilities and regulatory agencies through conferences, seminars and training programs. As an internationally

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What social media regulation could look like: Think of pipelines, not utilities

Elon Musk’s takeover of Twitter, and his controversial statements and decisions as its owner, have fueled a new wave of calls for regulating social media companies. Elected officials and policy scholars have argued for years that companies like Twitter and

Ted Kury

Expert shares how local utilities can protect electrical infrastructure against threats

The country faces a scary reality after thousands of people in North Carolina lost power due to a “deliberate” attack over the weekend where gunfire damaged two electrical substations. “There’s no way to completely protect the infrastructure,” Director of Energy

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The New Social Media Playbook

Public Utility Research Center Director and Gunter Professor Mark Jamison writes on how Twitter’s new owner Elon Musk might use attention and controversies around topics like free speech and misinformation in his Twitter playbook. “If even only a few of my

Ted Kury

As Puerto Rico recovers, we all need to ask how to make grids more resilient

Director of Energy Studies Ted Kury explains how critical it is to make electric grids more resilient before the next big storm.  “A key consideration with a complicated system like the electricity grid is understanding the rights and responsibilities of