Ratemaking Under Performance Based Regulation

Ratemaking Under Performance Based Regulation

March 9, 2020 | Atlanta, GA

The way we generate, distribute, consume, and pay for power has been slowly evolving. Customers are now generating some of their own power, advanced metering structures allow for more sophisticated rate design, and large industrial—and even some residential customers—can actively adjust their demand in reaction to price signals and peak events. Because of this current environment and ever-changing consumer preferences, some regulators are looking at new regulatory mechanisms to incentivize utilities to respond to these changing needs. Utilities, for their part, continue to look for ways to recover enough revenue to provide a reasonable return for shareholders.

As a result, some states are looking at alternative rate-making approaches, including performance-based regulation (PBR), to encourage consideration of third-party options, reduce the frequency of rate cases, and de-couple cost considerations from load changes. This course on PBR will examine the principles of sound ratemaking, how regulatory objectives can impact the various alternatives, and elements of successful PBR mechanisms.

Learning Outcomes

  • Explore the principles of sound rate-making and regulatory objectives
  • Discuss the current environment of accommodating distributed energy, which is prompting the need for change
  • Hear why some regulators are looking at new PBR-like mechanisms because of these changing needs
  • Discuss the elements of a successful performance based rate-making mechanism
  • Review alternative rate-making mechanisms
  • List the steps and options for implementation



EUCI is accredited by the International Accreditors for Continuing Education and Training (IACET) and offers IACET CEUs for its learning events that comply with the ANSI/IACET Continuing Education and Training Standard. IACET is recognized internationally as a standard development organization and accrediting body that promotes quality of continuing education and training.

EUCI is authorized by IACET to offer 0.8 CEUs for this course and 0.4 CEUs for the workshop.


Requirements for Successful Completion of Program

Participants must sign in/out each day and be in attendance for the entirety of the course to be eligible for continuing education credit.

Instructional Methods

Case Studies, Panel Discussions and PowerPoint presentations


Monday, March 9, 2020

8:00 – 8:30 a.m. :: Continental Breakfast and Registration

8:30 a.m. – 4:45 p.m. :: Course Timing

12:00 – 1:00 p.m. :: Group Luncheon

I.  Introductions

II.  Principles of Sound Ratemaking and Regulatory Objectives

  • Stakeholder interests and perspectives
  • Ratemaking Principles and Regulatory Objectives in the context of a changing paradigm

III.        Overview of Traditional Cost-of Service Ratemaking

  • Pros and Cons

IV.  Current Environment – What is prompting the need for change?

  • Consumer preferences are changing; to incentivize utilities to respond to these changing needs, some regulators are looking at new PBR-like mechanisms
    • These will likely include new metrics, including sustainability, promotion of interconnection, and in some cases inclusion of local labor workforces
    • Increasingly, utilities will need to further demonstrate that capital investments have had a positive impact on customers, beyond traditional reliability measures

V.  Overview of Alternative Ratemaking Mechanisms

  • Alternative Ratemaking Mechanisms fall along a spectrum from “Incremental” to “Comprehensive”
  • Strengths and weaknesses of specific Alternative Ratemaking Mechanisms

VI.  What is PBR and in What Ways is it Different from Traditional Ratemaking?

  • History
    • Original concept
    • Modifications over time
    • Lessons Learned: What worked and what didn’t work
    • States where concept is being evaluated
  • Types
    • Performance Incentives
    • Price Cap
    • Revenue Cap
    • Benchmarking
    • “Menu of options”
    • Pros and Cons of each

VII.       Elements of a successful PBR Mechanism

  • Identify goals & objectives
  • Identify outputs and outcomes
    • Quantifiable and measurable metrics
    • Examples of metrics
  • Aligning stakeholder interests

VIII.      Steps and Options for Implementation

  • Design elements
  • Design considerations

IX. Case Studies

X. Conclusions & Takeaways


Rick Starkweather, Partner, ScottMadden, Inc.

Rick Starkweather has been a management consultant for almost 30 years and is a leader in ScottMadden’s regulatory practice. His areas of expertise include strategic and business planning, budgeting and forecasting, regulatory compliance and rate case support, and organizational and operations improvement. Prior to joining ScottMadden, he was a consultant with Deloitte Consulting. He also has experience in the healthcare and chemical industries and helped lead the start-up of two companies. Mr. Starkweather received a B.S. in mechanical engineering from Northwestern University and an M.B.A. from the University of Chicago Graduate School of Business. He is also a Certified Measurement and Verification Professional (CMVP) and Certified Energy Auditor (CEA) through the Association of Energy Engineers.

Mark Meitzen, PhD Senior Consultant, Christensen Associates

Mark Meitzen is a Senior Consultant at Christensen Associates, where he has been employed since 1990. He is currently serving as principal investigator on NCFRP24, Preserving and Protecting Freight Infrastructure and Routes.  Dr. Meitzen was a principal author of the November 2008 Christensen Associates’ study of the U.S. freight railroad industry commissioned by the Surface Transportation Board. He was also the project manager and one of the principal authors of Christensen Associates’ supplemental report to the STB on railroad capacity and investment issues. Dr. Meitzen has expertise in the economic analysis of network industries including telecommunications, railroad, electricity and postal. In addition to the recent STB study, his work in the railroad industry includes analysis of railroad mergers and application of the STB’s Constrained Market Pricing standards, including its Stand-Alone Cost methodology.    He also serves as an economic expert in regulatory proceedings on incentive regulation, pricing and economic costing matters. Prior to joining Christensen Associates, Dr. Meitzen was a corporate economist at Southwestern Bell Telephone Company and was an assistant professor of economics at Eastern Michigan University and the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee.

Nick Crowley, Economist, Christensen Associates

Nicholas Crowley, MS (University of Wisconsin–Madison) is an Economist at Christensen Associates.  His professional work is primarily with natural gas pipeline and electricity regulation, including wholesale and retail markets. For electricity, he has participated in numerous costing and pricing projects, which involve computational analytics and econometrics, performance-based ratemaking, marginal cost estimation, total factor productivity estimates, and load response with respect to efficient time-of-use tariff options within retail markets. Mr. Crowley’s analyses and study results have been summarized in major reports and formal studies filed with regulatory authorities in Canada and the U.S. Prior to joining CA Energy Consulting,  he served as an economist with the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission, where his work experience was concentrated in natural gas pipeline regulation and assessment of electricity markets. Mr. Crowley was also involved in FERC’s performance-based regulation of oil pipeline rates.


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Ratemaking Under Performance Based Regulation

March 9, 2020 | Atlanta, GA
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