By - Jon Brown

Residential Demand Charges/Time of Use (TOU) Summit
May 29-30, 2019 | New Orleans, LA

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Overview

In the past few years, utilities across the country have proposed mandatory or voluntary demand charges for residential customers. Utilities are facing the rise of rooftop solar projects, plug-in electric vehicles, backup batteries and other types of distributed energy resources. As a result, mass-market demand charges are one of a few options for recovering costs from customers to keep the grid running.

Utilities continually need to invest billions to meet the continual demands of all customers. In the past, fixed costs through variable charges wasn’t a problem, as strong growth in demand for electricity meant a strong revenue base to pay for those costs. However, in recent years, demand growth has fallen dramatically, which is eroding the revenue base. With declining revenues and rising costs, utilities must either raise electric rates or find other ways to charge customers.

EUCI’s 8th Residential Demand Charges conference will bring together thought-leaders among utilities, industry experts and solution providers who will take a deep dive into the issues, pain points and resolutions around innovative rate design such as time of use and residential demand charges. Attendees will take away valuable knowledge and have the opportunity for quality networking with industry peers.

Learning Outcomes

  • Discuss different rate design options utilities are implementing to address the challenges and opportunities of the new grid
  • Discuss everything that goes into designing a default TOU rate
  • Explain the undertakings required to get new rate structures approved and how to educate and inform customers along the way
  • Examine cost and revenue structures to determine if the revenue collected from distributed solar customers covers the cost of serving them
  • Evaluate different utilities’ offering of a demand rate to their residential customer base
  • Discuss issues that utilities can expect to encounter with residential demand charges
  • Examine different incentive programs to help customers respond to new rate changes

Credits

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EUCI has been accredited as an Authorized Provider by the International Association for Continuing Education and Training (IACET).  In obtaining this accreditation, EUCI has demonstrated that it  complies with the ANSI/IACET Standard which is recognized internationally as a standard of good practice. As a result of their Authorized Provider status, EUCI is authorized to offer IACET CEUs for its programs that qualify under the ANSI/IACET Standard.

EUCI is authorized by IACET to offer 1.0 CEUs for this event.

Requirements for Successful Completion of Program

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

Instructional Methods

Case Studies, Panel Discussions and PowerPoint presentations will be used in the program.

Agenda

Wednesday, May 29, 2019

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

8:30 – 8:45 a.m. :: Conference Announcements


8:45 – 9:25 a.m. :: Arizona’s Continued Adoption of More Advanced Residential Rates

In May 2018, APS completed a full migration to a new suite of residential rates. As part of this effort, existing rates were cancelled rather than being frozen, which aligns all time-of-use customers on a common on-peak period of 3:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. This new residential rate structure also ends net metering for new rooftop solar installations, allowing an offset to the retail rate for energy consumed on site, but compensating a customer through a bill credit for energy exported to the grid. While APS has historically led the nation in voluntary adoption of time-of-use energy and demand rates, this rate transition has accelerated the adoption of advanced residential rates in the APS service territory.

Leland Snook, Director, Rates & Rate Strategy, Arizona Public Service Company


9:25 – 10:05 a.m. :: New Residential Distributed Generation Rates at Westar Energy and Kansas City Power & Light (Operating Divisions of Evergy)

As part of a general rate case in 2018, Westar Energy proposed a three-part rate design that would be required for residential customers with distributed generation (DG) installations after a previously established grandfathered date.  In a non-unanimous settlement of the case, Westar and intervenors agreed upon a new three-part rate structure that includes a demand charge.  With approval of the settlement agreement, the new rates became effective in September 2018.   Kansas City Power & Light filed a general rate case later in 2018, proposing a similar residential DG rate design.  As part of a unanimous settlement in this case, the three-part rate will be required for all residential DG customers with the effective date of new rates, which occurred in December 2018.  The presentation discusses the undertakings required to get to the new rate structures, public outreach and education along the way, as well as the proposed and final rate designs.

Larry Wilkus, Director Regulatory Affairs, Evergy

10:05 – 10:20 a.m. :: Morning Break


10:20 – 11:00 a.m. :: Fair Utility Rates in a Changing Energy Landscape

Colorado requires all utilities to offer net energy metering (NEM) to small generation customers.  It also requires that net metered customers be allowed to remain on the same rate as before they installed their renewable generation. Since residential energy rates often include more than just the energy related production and purchased power costs, crediting the full energy rate to NEM customers, means those customers often receive far more than the cost their generation helps the utility avoid.  In this session, the Intermountain Rural Electric Association (IREA) will share its analysis of the following:

  • Cost and revenue structures to determine if the revenue collected from distributed solar customers covers the cost of serving them
  • The relationship of excess distributed generation energy (kWh for kWh) credited to the average net-metered customer vs actual grid costs
  • Different NEM modification options, such as three-part rates, TOU rates, minimum bills, and increased monthly service charges as means of fairly recovering costs for a Public Power Company.

David Stowe, Rate Analyst, Intermountain Rural Electric Association (IREA)


11:00 a.m. – 11:40 a.m. :: Con Edison’s Innovative Pricing Pilot

As part of its Advanced Metering Infrastructure Customer Engagement Plan, Con Edison has developed a pricing pilot that will test innovative rate structures for residential and small-commercial customers that more accurately reflect the cost of delivery service and provide opportunities for customers to manage their energy costs. The pilot is testing a variety of time-variant demand-based delivery rates and demand-based subscription rates and will test other features including time-variant supply charges and opt-in versus opt-out customer enrollment strategies. This presentation will provide a utility perspective on developing cost-reflective rates that are actionable for mass-market customers.

William Atzl, Director of Rate Engineering, Consolidated Edison Company of New York, Inc.


11:40 a.m. – 12:20 p.m. :: Utilizing AMI to Evaluate Innovative Rate Structures as well as Offer Customized Products & Services

Entergy’s five public utilities recently began deployment of Advanced Metering Infrastructure (AMI) and related software and systems.  AMI provides numerous operational and other benefits to our customers and will serve as a platform to build upon to offer new, customized products & services including more billing and payment options and innovative rate structures.  The presentation will cover these efforts as well as highlight some of the inherent challenges with transitioning from the current environment towards more tailored customer offerings.

Andrew Owens, Director, Regulatory Research, Entergy

12:20 – 1:20 p.m. :: Group Luncheon


1:20 – 2:00 p.m. :: Designing a Default Residential TOU: From Stakeholders to Rate Models and Everything in Between

In 2018, the Minnesota Public Utilities Commission approved a residential time-of-use (TOU) pilot rate for Xcel Energy. The utility hopes this TOU rate will help it engage customers, use price signals to shift energy usage and bring more renewable energy onto the system. In this session, the speakers will share with attendees what went into designing this default TOU rate. In addition, the topic of advanced DER rates will be addressed, which are the latest and best rates for incorporating new technology. These advanced DER rates include TOU & demand charges.

Amy Liberkowski, Director, Regulatory Pricing & Analysis, Xcel Energy

Lon Huber, Director of Energy, Navigant


2:00 – 2:40 p.m. :: Implementation of Default Residential Time-of-Day (TOD) Rates

Fort Collins Utilities implemented a default TOD rate for all residential customers in October 2018, the first of its kind in the country.  This presentation will review the timeline and delve into details regarding the initial AMI meter deployment, rate design, pilot study, Council approval process, and rollout of the rate structure.

Randy Reuscher, Utility Rate Analyst, City of Fort Collins

2:40 – 3:00 p.m. :: Afternoon Break


3:00 – 3:40 p.m. :: Recent Developments in Rate Reform in an Evolving Energy Marketplace

New technologies are changing the way customers are interacting with the grid.  It is now widely accepted that existing tariffs were not designed to enable the grid of the future, nor were they focused on meeting evolving customer needs.  In this session, we will discuss different rate design options utilities are implementing to address the challenges and opportunities of the new grid; the criteria to guide their tariff design choices and the implementation of these alternative rates (e.g. demand charges, time-based rates, flat bill, etc.) across the U.S.  We will also discuss a new TOU pilot currently being deployed by the Maryland utilities which affects both delivery and supply components of the rates and have a specific emphasis on low- and medium-income customers.

Sanem Sergici, Principal, The Brattle Group


3:40 – 4:20 p.m. :: A Look at Consumer Advocacy & Regulatory Considerations

Electric Utilities are increasingly proposing residential demand charges in a regulatory setting. This presentation will provide consumer advocate perspectives on residential demand charges and what utilities and other interested stakeholders can anticipate consumer advocates may support in a regulatory proceeding requesting residential demand charges, including examining recent regulatory proceedings. It will also explore the relative effectiveness of different potential designs for a residential demand charge and analysis of how residential demand charges compare with time-based energy pricing options in terms of achieving utility and consumer goals.

Joseph A. Rosenthal, Principal Attorney, Connecticut Office of Consumer Counsel


4:20 – 5:00 p.m. :: Idaho’s OnSite Generation Docket and Fixed Cost Recovery Study

In May 2018, the Idaho Commission issued an order approving Idaho Power’s request to separate residential and small commercial net metering customers into new customers classes.  Also, in that order, the Commission ordered the initiation of two new cases. The first case directed parties to “study the costs and benefits of net metering on Idaho Power’s system, proper rates and rate design, alongside the related issue of compensation for net excess energy provided as a resource to the utility.”  The second case directed Idaho Power to “undertake a comprehensive customer fixed-cost analysis to determine the proper methodology and “spread” of fixed costs as they relate to the Company’s customers.”  In this session, Idaho PUC Staff will discuss some of the key issues and perspectives from the original case and how the parties are working towards settlement on the range of outstanding issues in the subsequent cases.

Stacey Donohue, Program Manager – Technical Analysis, Idaho Public Utilities Commission


Thursday, May 30, 2019

7:45 – 8:15 a.m. :: Continental Breakfast


8:15 – 9:15 a.m. :: ComEd’s Proposed Residential Supply Time of Use Pilot

ComEd has offered a Real-Time Pricing Program for a decade but has heard from customers that the lack of price certainty can be a barrier to signing up. To avoid this “barrier to entry”, ComEd came up with the residential TOU pilot that will offer a fixed-priced supply option with similar benefits to the residential real-time pricing program for customers.  In this session, ComEd will share how the TOU pilot creates a middle ground between fixed and real-time pricing and offers customers an opportunity to lower their electric bills by reducing or shifting load during the highest priced periods.  The learnings from the pilot will assist all electric suppliers in ComEd’s territory in understanding customers’ interest in TOU pricing options.

John Leick, Principal Rate Administrator, Regulatory Department, ComEd


9:15 – 10:00 a.m. :: Mandatory Time of Use Rates

Effective May 1, 2019, the Fayetteville Public Works Commission (PWC), a municipal utility in Fayetteville, NC will implement mandatory time of use rates for all their residential and small business customers. These rates are being implemented to more closely align the customers’ bills to the way the PWC purchases energy from Duke Energy Progress. PWC has been communicating this change for the past year and has developed several incentive programs to help the customers respond to the rate change.

Mark Brown, Senior Customer Programs Officer, Fayetteville Public Works Commission

10:00 – 10:15 a.m. :: Break


10:15 – 11:00 a.m. :: Distributed Generation Rate Design – El Paso Electric Rate Case Proposals

In rate case proposals in 2015 and general rate cases in 2017, El Paso Electric Company proposed new rate classes and rate structures for residential customers with distributed generation and net energy metering in its New Mexico and Texas jurisdictions.  In the settlement that ultimately resolved the most recent case, EPE and intervenors agreed upon a new minimum bill structure that increased fixed cost recovery from new DG customers but maintained a single class of residential ratepayers.  This presentation discusses the results and impact of EPE’s settlement, and the direction of DG cost allocation and rate design in the future.

James Schichtl, VP Regulatory Affairs, El Paso Electric Company


11:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. :: Panel Discussion: Residential Demand Charges vs. Time of Use Rates

This group of industry experts will bring to bear their years of experience to weigh in on the

effectiveness of time-varying energy rates and residential demand charges in meeting public policy goals, including energy efficiency incentives and utility cost recovery concerns. The panel will discuss the pros and cons of using time-varying rates & demand charges and will highlight best practices for implementing these alternative rates. This interactive panel will respond to inquiries from the moderator and audience regarding these rate plans.

Moderator:

Sanem Sergici, Principal, The Brattle Group

Panelists:

Leland Snook, Director, Rates & Rate Strategy, Arizona Public Service Company

Joseph A. Rosenthal, Principal Attorney, Connecticut Office of Consumer Counsel

Larry Wilkus, Director Regulatory Affairs, Evergy

Lon Huber, Director of Energy, Navigant

Stacey Donohue, Program Manager – Technical Analysis, Idaho Public Utilities Commission

12:00 p.m. :: Conference Adjourns

Speakers

William Atzl, Director of Rate Engineering, Consolidated Edison Company of New York, Inc.

Mark Brown, Senior Customer Programs Officer, Fayetteville Public Works Commission

Stacey Donohue, Program Manager – Technical Analysis, Idaho Public Utilities Commission

Lon Huber, Director of Energy, Navigant

John Leick, Principal Rate Administrator, Regulatory Department, ComEd

Amy Liberkowski, Director, Regulatory Pricing & Analysis, Xcel Energy

Andrew Owens, Director, Regulatory Research, Entergy

Randy Reuscher, Utility Rate Analyst, City of Fort Collins

Joseph A. Rosenthal, Principal Attorney, Connecticut Office of Consumer Counsel

James Schichtl, VP Regulatory Affairs, El Paso Electric Company

Sanem Sergici, Principal, The Brattle Group

Leland Snook, Director, Rates & Rate Strategy, Arizona Public Service Company

David Stowe, Rate Analyst, Intermountain Rural Electric Association (IREA)

Larry Wilkus, Director Regulatory Affairs, Evergy

Location

Hyatt Regency New Orleans

601 Loyola Ave

New Orleans, LA 70113

Reserve your room:

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Room Block Reserved For:

Nights of May 28 – 29, 2019

Room rate through EUCI:

$179.00 single or double plus applicable taxes
Make your reservations prior to May 7, 2019.

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