57th Annual Regulatory Studies Program: "Camp NARUC"


THE FUNDAMENTALS COURSE: AUGUST 10-14, 2015 | KELLOGG CENTER | EAST LANSING, MI
THE INTERMEDIATE COURSE: AUGUST 17-21, 2015 | KELLOGG CENTER | EAST LANSING, MI

ABOUT THE PROGRAM

Camp NARUC Session

    OPEN TO THE PUBLIC SECTOR ONLY

    Who should attend?

    The Camp program is designed specifically for personnel of local, state, and federal agencies and nonprofit organizations involved in utility industry regulation. Participation is open only to individuals working for governmental and public-sector organizations. Eligible attendees include new commissioners, professional commission staff, consumer advocates, legislators and legislative staff, attorneys general and their staff, and international regulators. The format and content of the program can accommodate the needs of regulatory professionals based on their professional development needs, job responsibilities, work experience, and level of expertise. Discipline-based sessions, sector-based tracks, and special workshops allow attendees to focus on distinct areas of interest. New personnel will benefit from attending the Fundamentals Course or the entire two-week program. Seasoned professionals - including former attendees - are welcome to return to the Intermediate Course. The program can also provide an educational retreat for groups of commissioners or agency staff members. Public-sector consultants and attorneys may inquire about eligibility.

The Institute's 57th Annual Regulatory Studies Program is set for August 10-24, 2015. This essential two-week program, known as "Camp NARUC" and NARUC endorsed, is designed specifically and exclusively to meet the needs of public-sector regulatory professionals, particularly members of the National Association of Regulatory Utility Commissioners. With more than 1,000 years of experience, the Institute's diverse program faculty is drawn from various academic, governmental, and other organizations. Presentations cover all aspects of the regulatory process, as applied generally and particularly to electricity, natural gas, water, and telecommunications sectors. Methods of instruction provide opportunities for exploration and interaction, and concurrent and bonus sessions allow participants to tailor the program to their particular needs and areas of interest and responsibility. Attendees receive a certificate of completion from Michigan State University and the program is consistently eligible for CLE and CPE credits in most jurisdictions.

PROGRAM BENEFITS

The Annual Regulatory Studies Program:

  • Is designed specifically and exclusively for the utility regulation policy community.
  • Creates a unique venue for total immersion in modern regulatory theory, institutions, and processes.
  • Presents timely, essential, and practical information, perspectives, and decision-making tools.
  • Takes a neutral and reasoned approach to contemporary structural and regulatory change.
  • Provides an opportunity to learn from a diverse faculty of experienced experts
  • Encourages active learning and interaction among program faculty members and participants.
  • Facilitates the formation of life-long networks among professional colleagues in the regulatory field.
  • PROGRAM FORMAT

    The Annual Regulatory Studies Program is grounded in sound regulatory theory and established practices. The curriculum is comprehensive and intensive and includes general sessions, topical workshops, and sector-specific tracks on the electricity, natural gas, water, and telecommunications sectors. The Fundamentals Course (week 1) focuses on the foundations and fundamentals of utility regulation. The program emphasizes the disciplines and skills essential for participating in an increasingly demanding and complex regulatory process. Core economic, legal, accounting, finance, and policy theories and concepts are introduced. The Fundamentals Course is especially suited to attendees relatively new to utility regulation. The Intermediate Course (week 2) concentrates on dynamic structural and regulatory issues, including emerging methods, issues, and sector-specific market concerns. Week Two will be of interest to both new and seasoned regulatory personnel. Multiple tracks allow participants to explore various areas of interest. Interactive instruction emphasizes applied technical knowledge.

    COME BACK TO CAMP

    As a leading provider of continuing education in our field, IPU welcomes new and "experienced" campers and the program provides a great opportunity to reflect and refresh. The Camp curriculum builds on a tradition of knowledge and experience while incorporating new developments in the regulatory field. Week One can be used to revisit the fundamentals, the basic "why and how" of economic regulation in the contemporary context. Week Two stands alone as a short course for new and seasoned professionals who need timely information to meet the challenges of modern regulation. Concurrent tracks in the industry sectors and special workshops provide opportunities for immersion in new issues. Daytime and evening sessions, along with networking breaks, encourage interaction among attendees and program faculty. Even for those who have attended IPU programs in the past, lifelong learners will find that coming back to Camp will be a professionally enjoyable and beneficial experience. And keep in mind that Rate School is eligible for continuing education credits as well as IPU's new Certificate of Continuing Regulatory Education, details of which are available at www.ipu.msu.edu.

    Returning Campers receive a 10% discount on their registration fee

    CONTINUING EDUCATION CREDITS

    Participants in IPU programs are awarded a certificate of participation, as well as applicable continuing education credits and credits toward a Certificate of Continuing Regulatory Education (CCRE) endorsed by NARUC.

    The Annual Regulatory Studies Program is eligible for the following credits:

  • CPE Credits: (40 hr for Week 1 and 37 hr for Week 2)
  • CLE Credits: (64 hr based on 60/min-hr; 76.8 hr based on 50 min-hr)
  • CCRE Credits: 40 hours per week(Public Sector only. Coursework relevant to the regulatory professions offered by accredited universities and professional organizations) (see the CCRE page for additional information)
  • Program Learning Objectives

    Week 1 Objectives

  • To understand the core theory, principles, and practices of public utility regulation.
  • To understand the economic and legal basis for utility regulation.
  • To understand the role of accounting and finance in the regulatory process.
  • To understand the basics of the utility rate-setting process.
  • To compare and contrast the utility sectors (electricity, gas, water, and telecom).
  • Week 2 Objectives

  • To understand how regulation has evolved and adapted to changing conditions.
  • To understand the federal and state roles in utility regulation.
  • To understand how regulation relates to anti-trust policy and environmental protection.
  • To understand contemporary issues and methods specific to the utility sectors.
  • To understand the consumer perspective in utility regulation.
  • Program Level. The Week 1 program is classified as basic and the Week 2 program is classified as intermediate. Both programs are accessible to new personnel working in the regulatory policy community.

    Program Prerequisites. No prerequisites apply to this program.

    Program Delivery. The program delivery method consists primarily of lectures by experienced professionals, including examples and opportunity for discussion. Active learning and participation are encouraged. Instructors are accessible for individual assistance throughout the program.

    Cancellation and Refunds. Cancellations are generally accepted until one week before the program. Substitutions are accepted at any time. Program fees may be applied toward a future program or refunded.

    Comments and Complaints. IPU welcomes program input and feedback. Participants will be asked to complete program evaluation forms. Comments and complaints about the program may be directed to IPU Director, Dr. Janice A. Beecher (beecher@msu.edu) or IPU Program Coordinator, Ms. Ligita Nelson (ligita@msu.edu).

    NASBA National Registry Statement.The Institute of Public Utilities is registered with the National Association of State Boards of Accountancy (NASBA) as a sponsor of continuing professional education on the National Registry of CPE Sponsors. State boards of accountancy have final authority on the acceptance of individual courses for CPE credit. Complaints regarding registered sponsors may be addressed to the National Registry of CPE Sponsors, 150 Fourth Avenue North, Suite 700, Nashville, TN 37210-2417. National Association of State Boards of Accountancy. CLE credits are also available. IPU-MSU will apply for accreditation or registration of the program. Application does not guarantee approval.

    TESTIMONIALS

    Don't just take our word for it, hear what past Camp attendees think about the program.

  • "Thanks for a wonderful Camp NARUC. Yesterday, I presented an 1 hour overview of my experience... to share some of the things I learned. It was very well received and I would expect that we will send staff for training to some of the IPU educational programs in the future (and I am planning to attend Week 2 during one of the next couple of years)."
  • "I was long on good intentions, but short on technical details and knowledge when appointed as a Commissioner to serve my home state. Thank goodness MSU's Institute of Public Utilities provides their amazing two week course, covering every topic that I am now responsible for knowing. MSU filled my head and built my passion for these issues and I am a better public servant today because of their great courses,” (Commissioner).
  • “I was very pleased with the knowledge base that I have gained through Camp.”
  • “The best thing about Camp has been the many different perspectives on regulatory policy.”
  • “The best thing about Camp has been the excellent quality of the wide variety of lecturers, and the depth of their knowledge and experience.”
  • The program faculty members were... “informative,” “engaging,” “interesting”, “exceptional”, “inspiring,” “intriguing”, “brilliant!”
  • "The sessions last summer really helped in fast-forwarding me into the regulatory business, and the more I learn, the more I realize how much I don't really understand."
  • “Thanks for the outstanding week….I have learned so much and will now feel more confident in my regulatory role.”
  • “The week was packed with valuable information.”
  • "Camp was a life changing experience for me."
  • "Excellent information…very up-to-date."
  • "...an overall GREAT program"
  • "The IPU staff is OUTSTANDING – helpful, intelligent, friendly – absolutely a first rate conference put on by real professionals"