Towards Dynamic Markets in Electric Power, Water, and Wireless Spectrum

Tuesday, April 23, 2013; 1:15 - 7:00 PM
@ University of Colorado Law School, Room 101

For a report summarizing the conference, click here.

To view the video, click here.

Hosted by the Silicon Flatirons Center for Law, Technology, and Entrepreneurship and the Getches-Wilkinson Center for Natural Resources, Energy, and the Environment.

Over the past several decades, policymakers have continued to experiment with approaches for liberalizing markets in areas previously subject to strict command and control regulation. Three domains where market structures are just beginning to take hold are in the areas of electricity, water, and wireless spectrum. In each domain, policymakers have grappled with the specific nature of the relevant commodity and developed different approaches to the challenge of enabling the market to provide more dynamic access to it. In all cases, the opportunities for greater efficiencies on account of more dynamic access has fueled the effort by reformers to come up with new approaches to market design.

In this conference, we will bring together experts in the different domains to look at the development in markets in the electric power, water, and wireless spectrum arenas. In so doing, we will evaluate comparisons between the economics of each to evaluate the particular challenges in each domain and to investigate better practices going forward. The main questions to be explored include: How do you design a market? What are the consistencies that the secondary users have to respect (think interference characteristics in spectrum and return flows in water)? What forces drove and are driving the development of each of these markets?

Welcome
1:15pm - 1:30pm
  • Brad Udall
    Executive Director
    Getches-Wilkinson Center for Natural Resources, Energy, and the Environment
  • Phil Weiser
    Dean
    University of Colorado Law School
    Executive Director
    Silicon Flatirons Center
Real-Time Markets In Electric Power
1:30pm - 2:30pm
  • Rimvydas Baltaduonis
    Assistant Professor of Economics
    Gettysburg College
  • Raymond Gifford
    Partner
    Wilkinson Barker Knauer, LLP
    Senior Adjunct Fellow
    Silicon Flatirons Center
    Former Chairman, Colorado Public Utilities Commission
  • Dave Hurlbut
    Senior Analyst
    NREL
  • Wendy Moser
    Vice President, Regulatory Services and Resource Planning
    Black Hills Corporation
Moderator
  • William Boyd
    Associate Professor of Law
    University of Colorado
Break
2:30pm - 2:45pm
Markets In Water
2:45pm - 3:45pm
  • Chris Goemans
    Assistant Professor
    Colorado State University
  • Charles Howe
    Professor of Economics
    University of Colorado
  • Richard Howitt
    Professor
    University of California Davis
  • Mark Squillace
    Professor of Law
    University of Colorado
Moderator
  • Brad Udall
    Executive Director
    Getches-Wilkinson Center for Natural Resources, Energy, and the Environment
Break
3:45pm - 4:00pm
Markets in Wireless Spectrum
4:00pm - 5:00pm
Moderator
  • Phil Weiser
    Dean
    University of Colorado Law School
    Executive Director
    Silicon Flatirons Center
Lessons from Across the Three Domains
5:00pm - 6:00pm
  • William Boyd
    Associate Professor of Law
    University of Colorado
  • Dale Hatfield
    Spectrum Initiative Co-Director
    Senior Fellow
    Silicon Flatirons Center
    Adjunct Professor
    University of Colorado
  • Richard Howitt
    Professor
    University of California Davis
  • Brad Udall
    Executive Director
    Getches-Wilkinson Center for Natural Resources, Energy, and the Environment
Moderator
  • Phil Weiser
    Dean
    University of Colorado Law School
    Executive Director
    Silicon Flatirons Center
Reception
6:00pm - 7:00pm

Conference Summary

For a report summarizing the conference, click here.

Video

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Background Readings

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