2021 Canadian Rate Design Conference

2021 Canadian Rate Design Conference

September 15-16, 2021 | Online :: Central Time

“EUCI’s events are very informative and educational based on the experts that have been requested to present and by allowing participants to interact throughout each expert’s presentation as well as panel discussions.”

Director, Regulatory Policy, AltaLink

“This was my first EUCI conference. It was a fantastic knowledge base. Best in class symposium that will help me in my new role immensely!”

Business Development Manager, BC Hydro

Canada’s electric utilities continue to face extensive changes as their industry transforms. Advanced metering, distributed generation (including rooftop solar), home battery storage, smarter thermostats, and electric vehicles are all influencing how energy companies approach rate design for customers. In addition to all these significant changes, the coronavirus pandemic has presented utilities and regulators with a set of obstacles they have never confronted before. The pandemic has challenged them to adapt regulatory tools to balance the interests of customers struggling through unemployment, and electric utilities are juggling unanticipated costs, deferred customer payments and lost revenues due to load losses across many customer classes.

EUCI’s 4th Annual Canadian Rate Design conference brings together expert practitioners in the electric rate design field to explore innovative rate design options to meet these emerging challenges. The blend of relevant presentations and panel discussions provides current industry trends, state-of-the-art perspectives and best practices in advanced pricing and the valuation of distributed resources operating in a modernized grid. The conference will assist attendees in their efforts to evaluate the role that innovative rate design can play in meeting their pricing, revenue recovery, and customer service challenges.

Learning Outcomes

  • Discuss the rate design challenges of accommodating distributed energy
  • Evaluate time varying and real time pricing for large customers
  • Examine rate classification issues for business customers
  • Hear customers price response to TOU rates in Ontario and Quebec
  • Discuss various rate design options for residential customers
  • Discuss pricing issues for customers with energy storage capability
  • Examine rate design for electric vehicle (EV) charging infrastructure
  • Examine EV charging rate design options for public power utilities

 

Agenda

Wednesday, September 15, 2021 : Central Time

12:45 – 1:00 p.m.
Log In

1:00 – 4:30 p.m.
Conference Timing

 

1:00 – 1:15 p.m. Welcome Announcements

1:15 – 4:30 p.m. :: Session I: Pricing for Large Customers (includes sponsored break from Utilities International)

Session I Overview:

Canadian electric utilities are confronting the emergence of long-term supply abundance, partly due to the covid-19 recession and its ensuing changes in customer behavior, along with the increasing customer awareness of time variation in generation supply costs. Customer emphasis on competitive pricing and supply alternatives continues to challenge utilities’ traditional methods of revenue recovery. At the same time, pressure to promote efficient electrification injects yet another price vs. cost challenge for utilities. This session will review how these pressures combine to advance revision of rates serving large customers.

 

Setting Demand Charges for Large Customers

David Keir, Manager Transmission Rates, BC Hydro

 

Real-Time Pricing: Three Decades of the Georgia Power Experience,

Tony Castro, Pricing Administration Manager, Georgia Power Company

 

Rate Classification Issues for Business Customers

Bruce Chapman, Vice President, Christensen Associates

 

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

Tony Castro, Project Manager, Georgia Power Company

Bruce Chapman, Vice President, Christensen Associates

 

Thursday, September 16, 2021 : Central Time

8:45 – 9:00 a.m.
Log In and Welcome

12:30 – 1:15 p.m.
Lunch Break

9:00 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.
Conference Timing

 

9:00 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. :: Session II: The Residential Rate Portfolio: Product Choice and Time Variation (includes sponsored break from Utilities International)

Session II Overview:

Two questions intersect this year for residential rate design: 1) what rate design alternatives should a utility offer its customers? 2) how valuable is time variation? Our traditional model of a single base rate seems out of date. Certainly, customers are becoming more diverse daily in terms of end uses and energy management interest, and in terms of site generation and storage capabilities. At the same time, this diversity is inducing increased interest in how to convey the time variation of generation services pricing to customers.  This session will examine a case of residential rate portfolio diversity and examples of time-of-use (TOU) rate design alternatives.

Residential TOU Customer Price Response in Ontario

Indy Butany-DeSouza, Vice President Regulatory Affairs, Alectra Utilities

 

Hydro-Quebec’s Dynamic TOU Residential Pricing – 2nd Year Results

Sabrina Harbec, Directrice – Programmes Commerciaux, Expertise énergétique et Affaires Réglementaires, Hydro-Quebec

 

The “Lifestyle Rates” Portfolio for Residential Customers

Charity Wilson, Senior Corporate Analyst, Cobb EMC

 

Distribution Pricing for Residential Customers

Ed Davis, Director of Rates, Eversource

 

Panel Discussion: Residential Rate Portfolio Recap

This panel discussion will allow symposium attendees to ask specific questions of the presenters for discussion related to the residential rate portfolio session.

Indy Butany-DeSouza, Vice President Regulatory Affairs, Alectra Utilities

Sabrina Harbec, Directrice – Programmes Commerciaux, expertise énergétique et Affaires Réglementaires, Hydro-Quebec

Charity Wilson, Senior Corporate Analyst, Cobb EMC

Ed Davis, Director of Rates, Eversource

12:30 – 1:15 p.m. :: Lunch Break

1:15 – 4:30 p.m. :: Session III: Meeting the Challenge of Customer Innovation (includes sponsored break from Utilities International)

Session III Overview:

The industry is well into revising its original attempts to price services for customers wishing to charge their electric vehicles (EV) and to integrate their distributed energy resources (DER) with the grid. Now the emergence of customer-site storage capability is becoming an additional factor to consider. This session looks at rate innovations associated with commercial EV charging and DER as storage capability is introduced and stronger links to wholesale markets are in prospect.

Pricing Issues for DER Customers with Storage Capability

George Porter, Director Rates Modernization, NB Power

 

Electric Vehicle Charging Infrastructure: Regulation and Rate Design

Yolanda Domingo, Executive Director, Rates, British Columbia Utilities Commission (BCUC)

 

EV Charging Rate Design Alternatives for Public Power Companies

Patricia Taylor, Senior Manager, Regulatory Policy and Business Programs, American Public Power Association (APPA)

 

Panel Discussion: Customer Innovation Recap

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

George Porter, Director Rates Modernization, NB Power

Yolanda Domingo, Executive Director, Rates, British Columbia Utilities Commission (BCUC)

Patricia Taylor, Senior Manager, Regulatory Policy and Business Programs, American Public Power Association (APPA)

4:30 p.m. :: Conference Concludes

Workshop

Pricing to Support Distributed Resources and Portfolio Breadth

Wednesday, September 15, 2021 : Central Time

8:45 – 9:00 a.m.
Log In

9:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
Workshop Timing

9:00 – 9:10 a.m. :: Welcome Announcements

Overview

This workshop is designed to lay the groundwork for participation in the Rate Design Conference by focusing on areas not commonly found in the rate design practitioner’s toolbox. While many will be familiar with seasonal and time-of-use (TOU) pricing, the design and operation of dynamic pricing programs such as critical-peak pricing and real-time pricing are less familiar ground. Reviewing these concepts will facilitate understanding of time-varying pricing initiatives and EV charging concepts.

Additionally, pricing of distributed energy resources (DER) and electricity storage create their own new territory that requires integration with traditional ratemaking.  The workshop will help participants get from the familiar objective of rate design to the application of principles to the topics of the conference.

Learning Outcomes

  • Extend ratemaking capability re dynamic pricing products.
  • Connect successful traditional rate design principles to innovative rate design practices.
  • Build understanding of DER pricing structures and designs that improve upon net metering and net billing
  • Develop knowledge to support retail rate portfolio design, including management of customer choice.

Agenda

  • Introduction: current ratemaking challenges
  • Part 1. Dynamic Time-Varying Rate Design
    • Costing principles
    • Dynamic design alternatives based on short-notice pricing
    • Design pitfalls and challenges: voluntary participation and customer choice
  • Part 2. DER and Other Ratemaking Nightmares
    • Revenue recovery and price efficiency in competition
    • Alternatives to net metering/net billing
    • Commercial electric vehicle charging: low load factors and high prices
  • Summary: Contemporary Pricing Principles and Practices

Instructor

Bruce R. Chapman, Vice President, Christensen Associates Energy Consulting

Mr. Chapman assists clients in the electricity and natural gas industries to improve their costing and pricing capabilities. Mr. Chapman advises clients in such areas of expertise as: cost-of-service analysis and rate design based upon both established regulatory and market-based principles; innovative rate design including demand response products, renewables pricing, fixed billing, and other market-based retail pricing products; load forecasting and load research analysis. Additionally, he has supervised the development of software required for the implementation and support of innovative retail products.

Speakers

  • Indy Butany-DeSouza, Vice President Regulatory Affairs, Alectra Utilities

  • Tony Castro, Project Manager, Georgia Power Company

  • Bruce Chapman, Vice President, Christensen Associates

  • Ed Davis, Director of Rates, Eversource

  • Yolanda Domingo, Executive Director, Rates, British Columbia Utilities Commission (BCUC)

  • Sabrina Harbec, Directrice – Programmes Commerciaux, expertise énergétique et Affaires Réglementaires, Hydro-Quebec

  • David Keir, Manager Transmission Rates, BC Hydro

  • George Porter, Director Rates Modernization, NB Power

  • Patricia Taylor, Senior Manager, Regulatory Policy and Business Programs, American Public Power Association (APPA)

  • Charity Wilson, Senior Corporate Analyst, Cobb EMC

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
Single Connection - 2021 Canadian Rate Design Conference$ CAD 1495.00
Pack of 5 connections$ CAD 5,980.00
Pack of 10 Connections$ CAD 10,465.00
Pack of 20 Connections$ CAD 17,940.00
Call us at 303.770.8800 if you have any specific questions on the volume discounts
* all other discounts do not apply to license packs

This event has the following workshops:

Pricing to Support Distributed Resources and Portfolio Breadth$ CAD 595.00
Pack of 5 Connections$ CAD 2380.00
Pack of 10 Connections$ CAD 4165.00
Pack of 20 Connections$ CAD 7140.00

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  • Attend the Conference and workshop and pay $ CAD 1,995.00 per attendee (save $ CAD 95.00 each)

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 13, 2021 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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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 conference and 0.3 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

Who Should Attend

This conference was developed for:

  • Utility executives
  • Corporate communication professionals
  • Contact center management professionals
  • Commissioners
  • Commission staff
  • Attorneys
  • Regulatory affairs managers
  • Pricing and load research managers
  • Customer representatives and organizations
  • Cost of service analysts
  • Financial analysts
  • Rate design, product development and customer strategy professionals

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