News: ICER Honours Limestone Analytics team with 2018 Distinguished Scholar Award

Limestone’s team members – Juan Belt, Bahman Kashi, Jay Mackinnon, and Nicolas Darius Allien – were honored to receive the 2018 Distinguished Scholar Award from the International Confederation of Energy Regulators (ICER). Every four years, this award celebrates important contributions to scholarship in electricity and natural gas regulation. More specifically, the 2018 awards recognized scholarship on the theme of “Regulating in a Time of Innovation: Empowered Consumers, Dynamic Markets and Sustainable Infrastructure”. Our paper, entitled “Cost Benefit Analysis of Power Sector Reform in Haiti”, was selected by an international group of leaders in energy and regulation as the best within the “Impact on Developing Countries” category.

“The ICER Distinguished Scholar Awards recognize pioneering thinking in energy regulation” – ICER Chair and National Association of Regulatory Utility Commissioners President John W. Betkoski III

In March Bahman Kashi travelled to Mexico to accept the award on behalf of the co-authors. The awards ceremony was held during the 7th World Forum on Energy Regulation, hosted by the Mexican Energy Regulatory Commission (CRE). At the ceremony Bahman was given an opportunity to speak about the paper and its conclusions.

Broadly, the paper argues that to improve the power sector in Haiti it is necessary to carry out significant regulatory and utility governance reform. The paper assesses the feasibility of a multi-phase reform program.

Read the full paper here:

Bahman Kashi (center), pictured with outgoing ICER Chair & NARUC President Jack Betkoski (right) and ICER Coordinator Francisco Salazar (left).

The team is proud to have won this award and we will continue to think innovatively to support decision makers in this sector.

Finally, we would like to acknowledge that the work on this paper was led by Juan Belt under contract with Copenhagen Consensus Center.

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