GUSP Workshop 04/19/2018

Thu, April 19, 2018 2:00 PM - Thu, April 19, 2018 4:00 PM at 457 Berkey Hall

A New Paradigm for Pricing Water: Balancing Equity and Efficiency

Dr. Janice Beecher
Institute of Public Utilities
Michigan State University

Date: Thursday April 19th
Time: 2pm-4pm
Location: 457 Berkey Hall

Jan Beecher will provide an overview of the U.S. water industry and water pricing and share her framework for a new pricing paradigm to balance the goals of efficiency and equity while advancing universal affordable access to essential water services. Her work is informed by three decades of applied research in public utility regulation (water and energy), including an ongoing institutional analysis of the Flint water crisis.

Dr. Janice Beecher has served as Director of the Institute of Public Utilities since 2002, bringing more than thirty years of applied research experience to the position. Her areas of interest include regulatory principles, institutions, governance, and pricing and she specializes in the water sector. She is a frequent author, lecturer, and partici-pant in professional forums and Editor of the journal Utilities Policy. She coauthored the book, Risk Principles for Public Utility Regulators (MSU Press). She presently serves on the U.S. EPAs Environmental Finance Advisory Board and chairs the Water Rates Subcommittee of the Flint Water Interagency Coordinating Committee. In 2016, she served on Michigan's 21st Century Infrastructure Commission. Dr. Beecher previously held positions at The Ohio State and Indiana Universities and the Illinois Commerce Commission. She has taught graduate courses in public policy and regulation. She holds a Ph.D. in Political Science from Northwestern University.