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2020 Canadian Rate Design Conference
September 17&24, 2020 | Online :: Central Time

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Overview

Canada’s electric utilities are facing the prospect of sweeping changes as their industries transform. Advanced metering, distributed generation (including rooftop solar), home battery storage, smarter thermostats, and electric vehicles are all influencing rate design for small customers. The arrival and growth of data centers and large greenhouses are presenting pricing challenges for large customers. On all fronts, utilities are confronted with the need to modify pricing to ensure fixed cost recovery and to avoid cross subsidy. And now, covid-19 is depressing demand and revenues.

EUCI’s 3rd Annual Electric Rate Design conference brings together subject matter experts in the utility rate design field to explore innovative rate design options to meet these challenges. The blend of relevant presentations and panel discussions will provide current industry trends, state-of-the-art perspectives and best practices in innovative pricing and the valuation of distributed resources operating in a modernized grid. Meet your peers online and participate in stimulating discussions targeting the most pressing rate design challenges of Canada’s utilities, regulators, and industry stakeholders.

Learning Outcomes

  • Rate design challenges of accommodating distributed energy
  • Discuss how rate design discussions must start now because of COVID-19 to enable utilities to meet the needs of their customers
  • Current and possible approaches to large-customer pricing
  • Progressive service and product offerings for the retail electricity market
  • Why utilities have developed alternatives to net metering
  • If TOU pricing induces customer response that helps to control costs
  • Potential unintended consequences of certain rate designs
  • Pricing challenges that can arise in serving innovative customers

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 0.6 CEUs for Day 1 and 0.7 CEUs for Day 2.

 

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

Thursday, September 17, 2020 Central Time

Part I: Canadian Rate Design Conference

8:45 – 9:00 a.m. :: Log In

9:00 – 9:15 a.m. :: Welcome Announcements


9:15 – 9:35 a.m. :: Opening Address from Hydro-Québec

Hydro-Québec, which was established in 1944, is a public utility that generates, transmits and distributes electricity in Québec. It is North America’s largest producer of renewable energy and operator of an extensive high-voltage transmission system. Its clean energy is delivered to customers across Québec and is sold into wholesale markets in northeastern North America.

In this opening segment, Geneviève Fournier, will welcome conference attendees and talk about how Hydro-Québec currently handles Covid 19 pandemic on the customers side as well as the employee side. 

Geneviève Fournier, Senior Director Directrice principale Expérience client, vente et fidélisation, Hydro-Québec


9:35 a.m. – 12:15 p.m. (includes short breaks between speakers)

Session I: Pricing for Large Customers

Canadian utilities continue to face the challenge of serving new high voltage customers who are often located in areas where the grid requires reinforcement to ensure adequate service. Additionally, growing awareness by customers of wholesale prices creates pressure to offer market-based pricing while still trying to recover the costs mandated by embedded cost-based cost allocation. How should utilities design rates and contracts to secure required revenues but offer efficient, competitive prices for generation services? How should they structure contracts to recover possibly significant new transmission costs? This session will review these issues and explore current and possible approaches to large-customer pricing.


Rate and Program Incentives for Electrification of Large Industry in British Columbia

David Keir, Manager Transmission Rates, BC Hydro

 

Rate Implications of Newfoundland and Labrador’s System Changes

Kevin Fagan, Vice President, – Regulatory Affairs and Customer Service, Newfoundland & Labrador Hydro

 

Standby Pricing in Canada, An Update

Bruce Chapman, Vice President, Christensen Associates Energy Consulting


Panel Discussion: Large Customer Rates Recap

This panel discussion will allow symposium attendees to ask specific questions of the presenters for discussion related to the large customer rate design session

David Keir, Manager Transmission Rates, BC Hydro

Kevin Fagan, Vice President, – Regulatory Affairs and Customer Service, Newfoundland & Labrador Hydro

Bruce Chapman, Vice President, Christensen Associates Energy Consulting

12:15 – 1:00 p.m. :: Lunch Break

1:00 – 4:15 p.m. (includes short breaks between speakers)


Session II: TOU Pricing for Residential Customers

Utilities in Canada and the U.S. have been investigating the potential of time-varying pricing to communicate the pattern and level of utility costs to small customers. Response results from this research are beginning to emerge. This session explores results from residential time-of-use pricing experiments and compares them with similar US research. Is such pricing, with its attendant meter and billing complications cost effective? Does TOU pricing induce customer response that helps to control costs, or is such pricing confined to merely better matching revenues to costs within the class?

Customer response to TOU Pricing in Ontario: An Update

Ceiran Bishop, Manager, Strategic Policy, Ontario Energy Board


Hydro-Québec’s Dynamic Pricing Experience: The First Year’s Results

Julie Doonan, Rate and Regulatory Affairs Senior Analyst, Hydro-Québec


Customer Response to TOU Pricing at San Diego Gas & Electric

Leslie Willoughby, Load Analysis Manager, San Diego Gas & Electric


Panel Discussion: Residential TOU Rates Recap

This panel discussion will allow symposium attendees to ask specific questions of the presenters for discussion related to the mass market rate design session.

Ceiran Bishop, Manager, Strategic Policy, Ontario Energy Board

Julie Doonan, Rate and Regulatory Affairs Senior Analyst, Hydro-Québec

Leslie Willoughby, Load Analysis Manager, San Diego Gas & Electric

4:15 p.m. :: Conference Day 1 Concludes


Thursday, September 24, 2020 Central Time

Part II of Canadian Rate Design Conference

8:45 – 9:00 a.m. :: Log In

9:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. (includes short breaks between speakers)


Session III: The Practice of Distributed Energy Resources (DER) Pricing in Canada

The morning is devoted to reviewing how DER pricing is currently structured in Canada, and why the current net metering and net billing structures are problematic. We will also review the candidate alternatives to the existing pricing structures, including providing an overview of their strengths and weaknesses. This review will be a prelude to the afternoon discussion by industry practitioners of their utilities’ chosen applications.

Bruce Chapman, Vice President, Christensen Associates Energy Consulting

12:00 – 12:45 p.m. :: Lunch Break


12:45 – 4:30 p.m. (includes short breaks between speakers)


Session IV: The Practice of DER Pricing in Canada (Continued)

Canadian utilities are beginning to explore alternatives to their existing DER programs. The utilities understand that, as participation increases, fixed cost recovery and incentives issues become serious challenges. In this last session, utility, and industry experts with experience of developing alternatives to net metering will offer their experience with those alternatives and describe the impact of program revisions on customer participation and utility financials.

Austin Energy’s Value of Solar Rates

Tim Harvey, Customer Renewable Solutions Manager, Austin Energy

 

Fixed Cost Recovery: Residential Demand Charges and Net Metering

Steve Wishart, Director, Pricing & Planning, Xcel Energy Colorado

 

Salt River Project’s Portfolio of Residential Solar Rates

Mark Carroll, Principal Financial Analyst, Salt River Project

 

Modifications of the Net Metering Model

Dr. Daniel Hansen, Christensen Associates Energy Consulting


Panel Discussion: DER Pricing Alternatives

This panel discussion will allow symposium attendees to ask specific questions of the presenters for discussion related to the alternative approaches to distributed energy resources pricing described in the preceding sessions.

Tim Harvey, Customer Renewable Solutions Manager, Austin Energy

Steve Wishart, Manager Pricing & Planning, Xcel Energy Colorado

Dr. Daniel Hansen, Christensen Associates Energy Consulting

Mark Carroll, Principal Financial Analyst, Salt River Project 

4:30 p.m. :: Conference Day 2 Concludes

Speakers

  • Ceiran Bishop, Manager, Strategic Policy, Ontario Energy Board

  • Mark Carroll, Principal Financial Analyst, Salt River Project 

  • Bruce Chapman, Vice President, Christensen Associates Energy Consulting

  • Julie Doonan, Rate and Regulatory Affairs Senior Analyst, Hydro-Québec

  • Kevin Fagan, Vice President, – Regulatory Affairs and Customer Service, Newfoundland & Labrador Hydro

  • Geneviève Fournier, Senior Director Directrice principale Expérience client, vente et fidélisation, Hydro-Québec

  • Dr. Daniel Hansen, Christensen Associates Energy Consulting

  • Tim Harvey, Customer Renewable Solutions Manager, Austin Energy

  • David Keir, Manager Transmission Rates, BC Hydro

  • Leslie Willoughby, Load Analysis Manager, San Diego Gas & Electric

  • Steve Wishart, Director, Pricing & Planning, Xcel Energy Colorado

 

Online Delivery

We will be using Microsoft Teams to facilitate your participation in the upcoming event. You do not need to have an existing Teams account in order to participate in the broadcast – the course will play in your browser and you will have the option of using a microphone to speak with the room and ask questions, or type any questions in via the chat window and our on-site representative will relay your question to the instructor.

  • You will receive a meeting invitation will include a link to join the meeting.
  • Separate meeting invitations will be sent for the morning and afternoon sessions of the course.
    • You will need to join the appropriate meeting at the appropriate time.
  • If you are using a microphone, please ensure that it is muted until such time as you need to ask a question.
  • The remote meeting connection will be open approximately 30 minutes before the start of the course. We encourage you to connect as early as possible in case you experience any unforeseen problems.

Register

Please Note: Confirmed speakers do not need to register and are encouraged to participate in all sessions of the event. If you are a speaker and have any questions please contact our offices at 1.303.770.8800

Please Note: This event is being conducted entirely online. All attendees will connect and attend from their computer, one connection per purchase. For details please see our FAQ

If you are unable to attend at the scheduled date and time, we make recordings available to all registrants for three business days after the event

Event Standard RateAttendees
2020 Canadian Rate Design Conference - Day Two - (single connection)$ CAD 995.00
Pack of 5 connections$ CAD 4,475.00
Pack of 10 Connections$ CAD 7,460.00
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Cancellation Policy

Your registration may be transferred to a member of your organization up to 24 hours in advance of the event. Cancellations must be received on or before August 21, 2020 in order to be refunded and will be subject to a US $195.00 processing fee per registrant. No refunds will be made after this date. Cancellations received after this date will create a credit of the tuition (less processing fee) good toward any other EUCI event. This credit will be good for six months from the cancellation date. In the event of non-attendance, all registration fees will be forfeited. In case of conference cancellation, EUCIs liability is limited to refund of the event registration fee only. For more information regarding administrative policies, such as complaints and refunds, please contact our offices at 303-770-8800

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