Utilities and Regulators

hese courses has been specifically designed to address topical and relevant issues within the power and utilities sector. Through this event, we aim to empower junior and middle management to overcome challenges, mitigate risk as well as increase operational efficiency. Delegates will be empowered with the tools to navigate regulatory reform in an age of regional integration and cross border energy trade. Participants will also be equipped with the skills required to successfully negotiate and manage contracts.

TARIFF RATE STRATEGIES AND COST RECOVERY REQUIREMENTS: IMPLICATIONS FOR REGULATORS AND UTILITIES

COURSE OVERVIEW

 

Although ratemaking has evolved into a complex science involving many useful and creative methodologies, the essence of tariff design is a thorough understanding of how to establish a revenue requirement for a regulated utility, translate that overall revenue requirement into a rate design that customers will pay, and use a cost of service study that will aid participants in translating the former into the latter. Accomplishing this requires an understanding of how to determine reasonable investments and costs in providing service.

 

This two-week-long course course, will review various ways to design tariffs. Case studies will demonstrate how regulated service

providers and their regulators have used cost of service studies and other methodologies to design effective tariffs. 

 

PROGRAM KEY FEATURES:

 

  • Explain how to set a revenue requirement and translate it into a tariff design
  • Identify the role of a cost of service study in translating a revenue requirement into a rate design
  • Describe the role of the regulator in the tariff-setting process, methodologies, and relationships with service providers
  • Describe the role of the service provider in collecting and analyzing data to reduce costs and improve service
  • Compare case study experiences on how to determine and adjust prices and the implications
  • Demonstrate how to decouple tariff policies from social and political objectives
  • Illustrate how to calculate, analyze, and adjust tariff structures
  • Visit a regulatory commission rate hearing and participate in a mock rate hearing
  • Design a detailed, strategic action plan to apply learning outcomes on the job.

 

WHO SHOULD ATTEND

 

  • Directors and key staff of regulatory authorities
  • Directors and key managers of state-owned enterprises and investor-owned utilities that are subject to

regulation

  • Officials from ministries of finance, energy, water, and telecommunications
  • Staff of bilateral and international organizations
  • Managers and staff of business and trade associations
FUNDAMENTALS OF UTILITY REGULATION

COURSE OVERVIEW

 

This courses on utility regulation provide an introduction to the economic principles of regulation as well as the details

involved in the development of regulatory policies, evaluation of alternative forms of regulation, establishment of incentive

programs, and evaluation of tariff proposals. Knowledge in these areas is critical not only for regulators and their staffs,

but also for the utility personnel who must evaluate and comment on regulatory proposals and comply with regulations in place.

 

This courses on regulation are tailored to the jurisdiction in which they are offered, but typically include topics such as:

  • Regulatory Economics: the concepts of regulatory economics and the meaning of economic regulation, including:
    • Basic economic principles
    • Market equilibrium
    • Cost concepts
    • Monopoly and market failures
    • Natural monopoly
  • Revenue requirement under rate of return regulation
  • Introduction to tariff design: pricing principles and rate structure design
  • Incentive regulation: alternative forms of regulations, including benchmarking and price caps
  • Data requirements for tariff regulation

 

WHO SHOULD ATTEND

 

  • Directors and key staff of regulatory authorities, Directors and key managers of state-owned enterprises and investor-owned utilities that are subject to regulation, Officials from ministries of finance, energy, water, and telecommunications
REGULATORY IMPACT ANALYSIS: METHODOLOGY FOR COST-BENEFIT ASSESSMENT AND REGULATION,

COURSE OVERVIEW

 

A highly practical course specifically formulated for PAs and Executive Assistants, which will equip you with a comprehensive grounding in the language, skills and techniques needed to understand, plan and run any project effectively.


This course examines developments of power plants in the structural, operational and technical aspects. During the course advanced managerial methods and policies which deal with on-going changes and progress in the field of energy will be presented. Participants will also be familiarised with the National power infrastructure and how they cope with managerial problems and formulates strategies.

 

PROGRAM KEY FEATURES:

 

The course aims to equip participants with advanced managerial techniques and specialised knowledge that will increase their ability for innovative planning and implementation of policy in varying reality and to improve their strategic thinking, problem solving and decision making skills.

 

WHO SHOULD ATTEND

 

This course is designed for PAs, Executive Assistants, Secretaries, Senior Secretaries, Administrators, Management Assistants and anyone else who has very little or no previous project management training.

MANAGING REGULATORY COMMISSIONS/AGENCIES: MASTERING THE PROCESS AND PROCEDURES

COURSE OVERVIEW

 

The International Senior Secretaries and Directors' Personal Assistant's Course & Senior Secretarial Computing Course aim to help participants both to develop their skills and expertise and to improve the quality of their work and their roles within their organisations. Particular attention will be paid to enhancing each participant's potential for development. Care has been taken to make the programme relevant to working conditions.

 

Attendance on this course will be global and it will enable a secretary or personal assistant to learn how to function more effectively in the office and understand the application of new technology. Participation is an important part of this practical course. The programme combines, practical sessions, group work, lectures, discussions and visits.

 

Over 90 per cent of all the office activity is communication in one or another of its forms. The secretary or personal assistant is the focus for communication between top level management and the rest of the organisation. The course recognises this and addresses the issue.

 

PROGRAM KEY FEATURES:

 

After completing the course participants should be able to:

  • Appreciate the developing role of the personal assistant or secretary in an organisation.
  • Understand more readily the nature of management and the functions of the management team.
  • Recognise the importance of communication and improve their own communication skills.
  • Exercise delegation and supervisory skills.
  • Appraise their own performance and that of their subordinates. Recognise the impact of information technology and be able to use it efficiently.

 

WHO SHOULD ATTEND

 

  • The course programme is designed to meet the needs of personal assistants and senior secretaries, who work with chief executives, directors, heads of department and senior managers in both the public and private sectors. Such people probably spend part of their time on typing or shorthand, but they are likely to be personal assistants in the fullest possible sense. They also have responsibility for office administration. In many cases they may be taking on, or hoping to take on, additional management functions.
  • The course recognises the importance of the role of such people and the contribution they bring to decision making.