About the workshop
This workshop concentrates on the regulation of essential public services in the energy, communications, transport, water supply and sewerage sectors.
The key objectives are to:
• Provide an overview of the key aspects of effective government regulation, with an emphasis on lessons learnt, good practice and developing a better regulation agenda
• Ensure that you gain a good understanding of the strengths and weaknesses of utility regulation, its key features and its terminology
• Consider how governments ensure that regulatory regimes deliver both enhanced competition while protecting people and their environment
• Explore the impact of the digital agenda on utilities, including the smart meter initiative for energy supply.
What the workshop will cover
The workshop will cover both principles and practices of regulation, especially of UK utility and network services in the energy, communications, transport, water supply and sewerage industries.
• You will be briefed about regulatory regimes in the UK and elsewhere
• We will explore the changes which the UK has made in order to free competitive markets from unnecessary or inefficient regulation
• You will meet practitioners in government, regulatory bodies and industry. You will be able to discuss the rationale for, and effects of, the UK’s journey from state ownership to effective regulation since the early 1980s.
How participants will benefit
The workshop will:
• Provide you with a broad overview of regulatory options and best practice
• Examine the better regulation agenda, risk-based approaches and policy and regulatory options
• Enable you to examine the UK experience of harnessing the private sector’s initiative,
management and investment to improve the quality and efficiency of service provision
• Explore how best to establish regulatory regimes that safeguard customers’ interests and rights, fund sustainable development and environmental
improvements and promote the government’s social and environmental objectives.