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By - Jon Brown

2016 Rate Design Conference
September 19-20, 2016 | San Antonio, TX

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Overview

EUCI’s Rate Design conference brings together the impact of changing regulation, increased renewables, and enabling technologies in a way that best illustrates their possible interactions and positive impacts. The conference will provide state-of-the-art perspectives, and best practices in innovative pricing, and the valuation of distributed resources operating in a modernized grid. Leaders in the utility rate design field — providers, regulators, and industry experts — will address these current industry topics, while also supporting the relationship-building and networking objectives of the attendees.

Learning Outcomes

  • Explore a variety of rate design options for addressing higher penetrations of distributed generation (DG)
  • Examine how more distributed approaches to energy production and delivery are splintering the traditional monopoly utility model
  • Evaluate time-based rates vs. demand charge rates
  • Discuss how and why time-of-use (TOU) pricing is gaining interest in the electricity industry for business and residential customers
  • Recognize rate design issues from the perspective of industry regulators
  • Discuss the potential, unintended consequences of certain rate designs
  • Interpret how new initiatives in various states such as E21 in Minnesota and REV in New York are influencing rate design

Credits

AP_LogoEUCI 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 0.9 CEUs for this Conference

 

Upon successful completion of this event, program participants interested in receiving CPE credits will receive a certificate of completion.

Course CPE Credits: 11
There is no prerequisite for this Conference.
Program Level: Beginner/Intermediate
Delivery Methood: Group-Live
Advanced Preperation: None

CpeEUCI is registered with the National Association of State Boards of Accountancy (NASBA) as a sponsor of continuing professional education on the National Registry of CPE Sponsors. State boards of accountancy have final authority on the acceptance of individual courses for CPE credit.

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

Agenda

Monday, September 19, 2016

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

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

8:45 – 9:00 a.m. :: Introduction and Opening Remarks

Conference Co-chairs:

Rick Starkweather, Partner, ScottMadden, Inc.

Dan Hansen, Vice President, Christensen Associates Energy Consulting, LLC

9:00 – 9:15 a.m. :: Welcome Address

Frank Almaraz, Senior Vice President – Strategy & Commercial Operations, CPS Energy

9:15 – 10:00 a.m. :: Moving Toward Better Rate Design

In recent years, utilities have run numerous rate pilots and proposed new rates, and many now offer customers the option of TOU or other alternative rates. However, these offerings frequently under-perform against policy goals for system cost reduction, customer engagement, and environmental improvement.  Meanwhile utilities, their regulators, and other stakeholders often talk past each other in rate design discussions, using different language and frequently approaching the issue with starkly different motivations.  Consequently, the debate about what makes for good rate design has never been louder. Many corners advocate for wider adoption of time-based rates, while utility proposals increasingly seek to incorporate demand charges for residential and small commercial customers.  This session will present key findings from recent RMI research providing insight into this debate and the industry’s state of knowledge on alternative rate design. The research cuts through the noise and competing claims of what works and what does not by providing a meta-analysis of numerous rate design programs, pilots, reports, and expert analyses to identify the key design dimensions of time-based and demand charge rates for mass-market customers.

James Sherwood, Senior Associate, Rocky Mountain Institute (RMI)

10:00 – 10:30 a.m. :: Networking Break

Session I

10:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. :: Distributed Energy Resources and Rate Design

As distributed generation (DG) solar energy systems continue to become more accessible and affordable, adoption rates for solar and other distributed generation technologies will rise. As a result, many electric utilities are facing or anticipating stagnant electricity sales, particularly in the residential sector. This reduction in energy sales raises concerns about the utility’s ability to recover fixed costs, which comprise the majority of their expenses. Designing rates that properly value and enable a high penetration of alternative generation sources — while recognizing the interests of utility shareholders and non-self-generating customers — is a challenge for utilities throughout North America. Utilities are increasingly considering alternative rate structures that are designed to recover fixed costs from residential customers with low net electricity consumption. This session will discuss innovative strategies that attempt to resolve some of the rate design issues associated with the growing proliferation of solar and other distributed resources.

Simply Solar – A Look at CPS Energy’s Solar Pilot Programs

Frank Almaraz, Senior Vice President – Strategy & Commercial Operations, CPS Energy

Recent Rate Initiatives at We Energies

Eric Rogers, Regulatory Affairs Team Leader, We Energies

12:30 – 1:30 p.m. :: Group Luncheon

Session II

1:30 – 3:45 p.m. :: The Role of Time-of-Use (TOU) Rates

Time-of-use (TOU) pricing is gaining interest in the electricity industry in recent years for a variety of reasons. It has been proposed as a better way of having retail rates reflect the cost to serve customers, which could improve pricing to customers with distributed generation (such as rooftop solar) or electric vehicles. This session will discuss recent TOU rate developments, including the move to default TOU rates for small and medium business customers and the upcoming residential TOU pilot programs at California’s investor-owned utilities, as well as TOU pricing at Arizona Public Service, which has a history of robust TOU pricing programs.

Pacific Gas & Electric: TOU for C&I Customers

Andrew Lee, Senior Strategic Analyst, Pacific Gas & Electric Company (PG&E)

Arizona Public Service: Near Universal TOU Rate

Leland R. Snook, Director – Rates & Rate Strategy, Arizona Public Service (APS)

WRA’s View of Rate Design (Including TOU) to Support Distributed Clean Energy Technologies

Gwen Farnsworth, Senior Energy Policy Advisor, Western Resource Advocates (WRA)

3:45 – 4:00 p.m. :: Afternoon Break

 

4:00 – 4:15 p.m. :: Machine-Readable Utility Rate Data Initiative

More sophisticated utility pricing is poised to drive innovation in the U.S. electricity system, but rate structures remain opaque to the customers and smart devices that can enable this innovation. NREL is convening a working group of utility companies, technology companies, and other stakeholders to explore the development of an easy-to-use machine-readable data format for storing and communicating rate structure information. A brief overview of this initiative will be presented, along with information about the pilot projects planned for 2017 and how to get involved.

Eric Wilson, Research Engineer, National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL)

4:15 – 5:30 p.m. :: Commissioner Perspectives on Rate Design

This session takes a broad look at rate design issues from the perspective of industry regulators. Each Commissioner will provide a brief overview of rate design issues in their respective states, particularly with respect to utility business model issues such as distributed generation (including rooftop solar), electric vehicles, and dynamic pricing. It will also include a moderated panel discussion on evolving regulatory concerns with energy policy initiatives.

Moderator:

Dan Hansen, Vice President, Christensen Associates Energy Consulting, LLC

Panelists:

The Hon. Alaina Burtenshaw, Commissioner, Public Utilities Commission of Nevada

The Hon. Karen Montoya, Commissioner, New Mexico Public Regulation Commission

5:30 – 6:30 p.m. :: Networking Reception

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Tuesday, September 20, 2016

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

Session III

8:30 – 10:00 a.m. :: The Impact of Evolving Utility Business Models

For years, electric utilities have played a singular role in providing electricity to consumers within an exclusive franchise territory and an obligation to serve all customers at reasonable rates. As the penetration of distributed energy resources escalates around the country, jurisdictions are taking different approaches as they examine possible changes to the traditional regulatory compact. This session will explore how more distributed approaches to energy production and delivery are splintering the traditional monopoly utility model, and allowing new market participants to define innovative roles and offer new products and services. Importantly, among the varied evolutionary changes under consideration, there are still opportunities to leverage the natural advantages of incumbent utilities to better serve customer needs.

New York’s REV – A Case for Dramatic Change?

Josh Kmiec, Senior Associate, ScottMadden, Inc.

Minnesota’s E21 Initiative

Amy Fredregill, Manager – Regulatory Resource Planning, Northern States Power – Minnesota

10:00 – 10:15 a.m. :: Morning Break

10:15 – 11:45 a.m. :: The Impact of Evolving Utility Business Models – continued

Alternative Ratemaking Mechanisms: Balancing Policy and Pricing

Laurence Kirsch, Senior Consultant, Christensen Associates Energy Consulting LLC

A New Regulatory Approach to Rate Design: The Recent Experience in Illinois

Ross Hemphill, former VP of Regulatory at Commonwealth Edison and President, RCHemphill Solutions, LLC

11:45 a.m. :: Conference Adjourns

Speakers

Frank Almaraz, SVP, Strategy & Commercial Operations, CPS Energy

Alaina Burtenshaw, Chairman, Public Utilities Commission of Nevada

Gwen Farnsworth, Senior Energy Policy Advisor, Western Resource Advocates

Amy Fredregill, Manager, Regulatory Resource Planning, Xcel

Dan Hansen, Vice President, Christensen Associates Energy Consulting, LLC

Ross Hemphill, President, RCHemphill Solutions, LLC

Laurence Kirsch, Senior Consultant, Christensen Associates

Joshua Kmiec, Senior Associate, ScottMadden

Andrew Lee, Senior Strategic Analyst, Pacific Gas & Electric

Karen Montoya, Commissioner, New Mexico Public Regulation Commission

Eric Rogers, Regulatory Affairs Team Leader, We-Energies

James Sherwood, Senior Associate, Electricity Practice, Rocky Mountain Institute, RMI

Leland R. Snook, Director, Rates & Rate Strategy, Arizona Public Service, APS

Rick Starkweather, Principal, ScottMadden, Inc.

Eric Wilson, Research Engineer, NREL

Location

Omni San Antonio Hotel at the Colonnade
9821 Colonnade Blvd
San Antonio, TX 78230

To reserve your room, please call 1-210-691-8888 or book online here.
Please indicate that you are with the EUCI group to receive the group rate.

Room Rate:

The room rate is $129.00 single or double plus applicable taxes.

Room Block Dates:

A room block has been reserved for the nights of September 18 – 19, 2016.

Rate Available Until:

Make your reservations prior to September 6, 2016. There are a limited number of rooms available at the conference rate. Please make your reservations early.

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Event Standard RateAttendees
Proceedings package US $ 295.00
Host Utility
CPS Energy
Sponsors
christensen ScottMadden

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