Organization of Caribbean Utility Regulators
The Organization of Caribbean Utility Regulators (OOCUR) is a non-profit organization, established in 2002. It works to improve utility regulation, facilitate training and information sharing, foster transparent and stable utility regulation through autonomous and independent regulators in member countries, facilitate understanding of regulation issues and make other positive steps forward among its membership.
“The purpose and objective of OOCUR include to assist in the improvement of utility regularion, and to foster transparent and stable utility regulation through autonomous and independent regulators in member countries.”
OOCUR undertakes research, training and development, and facilitates understanding of regulation issues, sharing of
information and experience.
National Association of Regulatory Utility Commissioners
Founded in 1889, the National Association of Regulatory Utility Commissioners (NARUC) is a non-profit organization dedicated to representing the state public service commissions who regulate the utilities that provide essential services such as energy, telecommunications, power, water, and transportation.
“NARUC's members include all 50 states, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, and the Virgin Islands. Most state commissioners are appointed to their positions by their governor or legislature, whereas commissioners in 11 states are elected by the public and in two states by the general assembly.”
NARUC's mission is to serve the public interest by improving the quality and effectiveness of public utility regulation. Under state laws, NARUC's members have an obligation to ensure the establishment and maintenance of utility services as may be required by law and to ensure that such services are provided at rates and conditions that are fair, reasonable, and nondiscriminatory for all consumers.
The Office of Utilities Regulation
The Office of Utilities Regulation (OUR) was established by an Act of Parliament in 1995 to regulate the operations of utility companies. Operations began in January 1997.
“OUR's mandate is to provide an Avenue of Appeal for consumers who have grievances with the utility companies. ”
OUR contributes to national development by effective regulation of utility services that enables consumer access to modern, reliable, affordable and quality utility services while ensuring that service providers have the opportunity to make a reasonable return on their investment.