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Workshop on Economic Regulation and Reform of Electricity Industry
5 & 6 October 2011


Seri Pacific Hotel Kuala Lumpur

Electricity Network industries around the world have been subject to reform since the late 80s. The thrust of the reform process have been to increase operational efficiency through introduction of competition where possible and the re-regulation of aspects of the production chain that are subject to natural monopoly characteristics or market power.

This workshop is designed to introduce participants to electricity economic issues in a practical context of electricity market reform, international best practice principles to guide the reform process and polices of economic regulation when regulating and reforming the electricity sector. The focus is to provide participants to develop a sound understanding of how the regulatory processes are structured to achieve the goals of supply electricity in an economic and reliable manner.
On completion of this program participants will have:

  • an introductory session on basic economic concepts applied to electricity industry regulation,
  • an appreciation of the best practice principles and policies of economic regulation,
  • how reform of the electricity industry is pursued in different jurisdictions,
  • the knowledge to develop strategies to better address and communicate key regulatory issues to regulators, policy makers and other stakeholders.

The Program is targeted to policy makers, regulators, academic community with an interest on energy industry, investors and representatives of industry and consumer groups who want to gain a better understanding of the principles and practices of economic regulation.

This Program is divided into a number of sessions, which will include lectures on specific topics, group exercises and presentation from guest speakers. The Program will be intensive in nature with all attendees being encouraged to fully participate in set exercises and case studies..

A suggested outline of the workshop sessions and topics are presented below.

Day 1

  • Introduction to Economic Regulation
  • Session 1 : Understanding Energy Economic Concepts and Principle
  • Session 2: Reforming the Generation Sector

Day 2

  • Session 1: Reforming the Transmission and Distribution Networks


Velu Ramasamy: Senior Consultant, Saha International. Velu has more than 20 years work experience both as a regulator and a senior adviser on economic regulation in various utilities. He was acting Director of the Australian Centre of Regulatory Economics at the Australian National University from 2004 to 2008. In that position he was responsible for developing and administering the post-graduate Diploma and Masters programs in economic regulation. Since then Velu has undertaken a number of consultancies on economic regulation and industry reform as well as capacity building for regulated industries and regulators both in Australia and overseas. He was Team Leader on an Asian Development Bank Project in the Philippines where he was advising the Regulatory Office on regulation of the water industry whilst developing the capacity of the Regulatory Office in economic regulation. Velu has assisted the Suruhanjaya Tenaga (Energy commission) with the development and adoption of effective regulation principles and practices.

Deb Chattopadhyay Senior Electricity Market Specialist
. Deb specialises in energy market design and modelling to address market operation, planning and policy issues. He has worked on a number of consulting and research projects for various clients including private investors, banks, regulatory bodies and electricity generators. Deb has 18 years of experience in developing and using new models for energy system planning and policy analysis, market analysis to support commercial valuation and business strategy works. He has previously led the modelling team of CRA Asia Pacific for eight years between 2001 and 2009. Over this period, Deb has developed a comprehensive electricity modelling suite (CEMOS) that has been used in seven countries in the region including Australia. He has also developed customized models for major clients such as CLP Hong Kong, TransAlta Canada, Korea Electric Power Corporation and Regional Electricity Boards in India. Between 1997 and 2000, he was part of a number of projects for NEMMCO that required developing models of alternative forms of ancillary services co-optimisation, transmission constraint formulation and loss representation. He has taught Operations Research in the University of Canterbury, New Zealand between 1997 and 2000. He has worked in India, USA, New Zealand and currently based in Melbourne, Australia.


Please Register before 23 September 2011.