Transforming public utility commissions in the new regulatory environment: Some issues and ideas for managing change

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In the face of sweeping changes in utility markets and regulatory practices, public utility commissions are being forced to change in fundamental ways--to substantially transform themselves rather than to make only incremental changes in their operations. Managing this process of radical change is complicated by the fact that for the foreseeable future some portions of utility markets (e.g., water utilities) will function much as they have before. Some envision commissions in the future that are more externally focussed, that rely more on dispute resolution than adjudicatory proceedings, that concentrate on identifying and understanding competitive markets, that are more automated, and ... continued below

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Wirick, D.W.; Davis, V.W.; Burns, R.E. & Jones, D.N. July 1, 1996.

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In the face of sweeping changes in utility markets and regulatory practices, public utility commissions are being forced to change in fundamental ways--to substantially transform themselves rather than to make only incremental changes in their operations. Managing this process of radical change is complicated by the fact that for the foreseeable future some portions of utility markets (e.g., water utilities) will function much as they have before. Some envision commissions in the future that are more externally focussed, that rely more on dispute resolution than adjudicatory proceedings, that concentrate on identifying and understanding competitive markets, that are more automated, and that are more likely to question old assumptions and definitions. This report identifies the considerations commissions might apply for identifying what mix of skills or fields of experise should compromise the technical staff. Factors are also identified which point towards a sectoral arrangement of staff and those factors which point toward a functional approach.

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The National Regulatory Research Institute, Ohio State Univ., 1080 Carmack Road, Columbus, OH 43210-1002 (United States); OSTI as TI96013918

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  • Report No.: NRRI--96-20
  • DOI: 10.2172/279691 | External Link
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  • Archival Resource Key: ark:/67531/metadc669252

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Wirick, D.W.; Davis, V.W.; Burns, R.E. & Jones, D.N. Transforming public utility commissions in the new regulatory environment: Some issues and ideas for managing change, report, July 1, 1996; United States. (digital.library.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metadc669252/: accessed November 22, 2017), University of North Texas Libraries, Digital Library, digital.library.unt.edu; crediting UNT Libraries Government Documents Department.