2022 Canadian Rate Design Conference

2022 Canadian Rate Design Conference

September 27-28, 2022 | Vancouver, BC and Online

“The EUCI conference provided a wonderful knowledge base.  There was a terrific line-up of experts and presentations.  The conference was very interactive, and participants could easily connect with the experts. Look forward to attending again in future.” – Regulatory Analyst, BCUC

“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

“I think this conference provides excellent learning for those working in this field. I highly recommend it.” – Rate & Regulatory Manager, City of Lethbridge

Canada’s electric utilities continue to be in the forefront of energy industry transformation. Customers and politicians are increasingly demanding that utilities accelerate the transition to cleaner, renewable sources of energy. As part of that transition, interest groups are promoting beneficial electrification, the conversion of energy end-uses to reliance on renewable sources, driving forecasted loads ever higher. At the same time, traditional interests in conservation and in controlling grid cost growth are applying countervailing pressure.

The key to balancing these complex forces, and controlling cost, is rate design that will continue the task of revenue recovery and convey variable energy availability to customers. Register now for this interactive Rate Design Conference to learn from utilities and industry experts about innovative rate options to better serve the customer of today and tomorrow.

Learning Outcomes

  • Discuss rate design that helps better manage the grid
  • Examine rate classification issues and challenges for large customers
  • Evaluate the rate design tasks of beneficial electrification
  • Review rate design matters that utilities face throughout Canada
  • Discuss regulatory models that help facilitate commercial EV charging
  • Examine generation pricing and cost recovery for cryptocurrency mining
  • Review EV charging rate design options to increase the growth of EVs

 

Agenda

Tuesday, September 27, 2022 : Pacific Time

12:45 – 1:15 p.m.
Registration and Online Login

1:15 – 4:30 p.m.
Conference Timing

 

1:15 – 1:25 p.m. :: Welcome Announcements

1:25 – 1:30 p.m. :: A Word from our Sponsor

Brian Fleming, Senior Project Manager, UI Solutions Group

1:30 – 1:45 p.m. :: Opening/Keynote Address

On behalf of BC Hydro, President and CEO, Chris O’Riley will welcome conference attendees to the great city of Vancouver and provide an overview of the company including how BC Hydro addresses rate design in these constantly changing times.

Chris O’Riley, President & CEO, BC Hydro

1:45 – 4:45 p.m. :: Session I: Pricing for Large Customers

(includes break)

Cryptocurrency mining, data centres, marijuana grow-houses, etc. generate a sizeable electricity load which creates challenges of generation pricing and cost recovery. More generally, customers may have competitive alternatives that compel a utility to explore ways to offer pricing that meets marginal cost standards but that departs from embedded cost pricing. Customer emphasis on competitive pricing and supply alternatives continues to challenge utilities’ traditional methods of revenue recovery. This session will review how these pressures combine to advance revision of rates serving large customers.

1:45 – 3:00 p.m. :: Non-Firm Rate Design for Grid Management

Grant Outerbridge, Manager, Rate Management, Newfoundland and Labrador Hydro

Pricing for Cryptocurrency Mining

Bryan Jungers, Director of Mobility, Customer Energy Solutions, E Source

3:00 – 3:20 p.m. :: Networking Break

3:20 – 4:45 p.m. :: Conservation and Electrification in Default Rate Design

Chris Sandve, Chief Regulatory Officer, BC Hydro

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

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

Grant Outerbridge, Manager, Rate Management, Newfoundland and Labrador Hydro

Bryan Jungers, Director of Mobility, Customer Energy Solutions, E Source

Chris Sandve, Chief Regulatory Officer, BC Hydro

4:45 p.m. :: Conference Adjourns for the Day

 

Wednesday, September 28, 2022 : Pacific Time

8:30 – 9:00 a.m.
Continental Breakfast / Online Login

12:00 – 1:00 p.m.
Lunch Break

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

 

9:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. :: Session II: Rate Design to Support Beneficial Electrification

Session II Overview: Rate Design to Support Beneficial Electrification

“Beneficial electrification”, the conversion of end uses to renewable electricity, can be facilitated by innovations in retail electricity pricing. Through pioneering rate design, utilities are in a unique position to enable increases in customer usage that recognize incremental cost to serve and that minimize costs of grid expansion. The industry is well into revising its original attempts to price services for customers wishing to charge their electric vehicles (EVs), to integrate their distributed energy resources (DER) with the grid and to accommodate new customers reliant upon access to low-cost energy. In this session, hear how utilities are facilitating innovate rate design to meet these challenges with marginal cost-based pricing techniques that cover costs and deliver advantageous pricing options.

Emerging Rate Design Challenges in British Columbia and Canada

David Morton, Chairman and CEO, British Columbia Utilities Commission

Regulatory Models to Facilitate Commercial EV Charging

Mark Kolesar, Expert in Public Utility Regulation, Kolesar Buchanan & Associates, (former Chair, Alberta Utilities Commission)

10:20 – 10:40 a.m. :: Networking Break

Fuel Switching to Decarbonize End Uses in Quebec

Sabrina Harbec, Directrice – Clientèles affaires et solutions énergétiques, Hydro-Québec

Panel Discussion: Innovative Rate Design Recap

This panel discussion will allow symposium attendees to ask specific questions of the presenters for discussion related to beneficial electrification session.

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

David Morton, Chairman and CEO, British Columbia Utilities Commission

Mark Kolesar, Expert in Public Utility Regulation, Kolesar Buchanan & Associates, (former Chair, Alberta Utilities Commission)

Sabrina Harbec, Directrice – Clientèles affaires et solutions énergétiques, Hydro-Québec

12:00 – 1:00 p.m. :: Group Luncheon

1:00 – 4:30 p.m. :: Session III: Pricing for Small/Mass Market Customers

(includes 15 minute break)

Session III Overview

Residential rate design in the past was not very effective at reflecting costs, with the collection of revenues via simple rate structures taking priority. Small customer rates need to be designed to reflect costs, to promote efficiency in the use of electricity and equity across customers. With increases in technology, customer sophistication, and access to supply alternatives such as distributed generation, it is important for providers to revise their rates. Residential rates should be designed to accomplish a range of these advancements. This session will review utility initiatives to meet these challenges.

Designing and Implementing an Ultra–Low Overnight Price Plan

Shona Adamson, Senior Advisor, Ontario Energy Board (OEB)

Lenore Robson, Director, Strategic Policy, Ontario Energy Board (OEB)

TOD Flex Time Rate at Snohomish PUD

Peter Dauenhauer, Principal Utility Economist, Snohomish County PUD

2:15 – 2:30 p.m. :: Networking Break

EV Charging Rate Design Approaches to Encourage EV Growth

Frederic Pelletier, Conseiller Stratégies tarifaires – Distribution, Hydro-Québec

France Lampron, Développement des offres énergie et mobilité, Hydro-Québec

Market-Based Interruptible Rate

Corey Sinclair, Manager, Regulatory Affairs, FortisBC

Panel Discussion: Small/Mass Markets Recap

This panel discussion will allow symposium attendees to ask specific questions of the presenters for discussion related to this small/mass markets session.

Moderator: Brian Fleming, Senior Project Manager, UI Solutions Group

Peter Dauenhauer, Principal Utility Economist, Snohomish County PUD

Frederic Pelletier, Conseiller Stratégies tarifaires – Distribution, Hydro-Québec

France Lampron, Développement des offres énergie et mobilité, Hydro-Québec

Shona Adamson, Senior Advisor, Ontario Energy Board (OEB)

Corey Sinclair, Manager, Regulatory Affairs, FortisBC

4:30 p.m. :: Conference Concludes

Workshop

Pricing to Facilitate Electrification

Tuesday, September 27, 2022 : Pacific Time

“Efficient electrification” is being accorded the status of a Holy Grail. Seemingly in prospect is conversion of many energy end uses to electricity and rapid movement of electricity generation to 100% renewable. This workshop sets out the economics of efficient electrification and describes how rate design can support electrification without creating subsidization and inappropriate investment. This workshop also provides preparation for the main conference along with grounding in the utility’s challenges of accelerating efficient electrification to meet popular demand.

Learning Outcomes

  • Discuss the efficient electrification concept
  • Review costing and pricing approaches for generation & delivery services and what facilitates/impedes electrification
  • Review pricing options that convey system costs to customers
  • Discuss what is necessary to support significant increases in consumption and what is required to manage growth in demand
  • Explore pitfalls of policy-driven subsidization.

Agenda

8:30 – 9:00 a.m.
Registration & Continental Breakfast / Online Login

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

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

  • Electrification defined and possible objectives
  • Electric utility services and costing approaches
    • Generation and delivery services
    • Embedded and marginal cost-based pricing
  • Generation services pricing methods
    • Energy, reserves, and capacity pricing
  • Delivery services costing and pricing
  • Pricing alternatives to facilitate electrification
    • Structure, incentives, and pitfalls

12:00 p.m. :: Workshop Adjourns

 

Instructors

Robert Camfield, Senior Regulatory Consultant, Christensen Associates

Robert Camfield is Senior Regulatory Consultant at Christensen Associates. He has extensive experience in the energy industry and the economics of regulation, including resource decisions, regulatory governance and incentive plans, market restructuring, cost allocation, energy contracts, cost of capital, and performance benchmarking. Mr. Camfield has managed numerous projects involving wholesale and retail markets, including market restructuring in Central Europe. He served as the program director for EEI’s Transmission and Wholesale Markets summer program from 1999 – 2008 and is credited with innovations related to web-based energy services, cost analysis, and two-part tariffs for transmission. Prior to joining Christensen Associates, he served as system economist for Southern Company and chief economist for New Hampshire Public Utilities Commission.


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

  • Shona Adamson, Senior Advisor, Ontario Energy Board (OEB)

  • Peter Dauenhauer, Principal Utility Economist, Snohomish County PUD

  • Brian Fleming, Senior Project Manager, UI Solutions Group

  • Sabrina Harbec, Directrice – Clientèles affaires et solutions énergétiques, Hydro-Québec

  • Bryan Jungers, Director of Mobility, Customer Energy Solutions, E Source

  • Mark Kolesar, Expert in Public Utility Regulation, Kolesar Buchanan & Associates, (former Chair, Alberta Utilities Commission)

  • France Lampron, Développement des offres énergie et mobilité, Hydro-Québec

  • David Morton, Chairman and CEO, British Columbia Utilities Commission

  • Frederic Pelletier, Conseiller Stratégies tarifaires – Distribution, Hydro-Québec

  • Chris O’Riley, President & CEO, BC Hydro

  • Grant Outerbridge, Manager, Rate Management, Newfoundland and Labrador Hydro

  • Lenore Robson, Director, Strategic Policy, Ontario Energy Board (OEB)

  • Chris Sandve, Chief Regulatory Officer, BC Hydro

  • Corey Sinclair, Sinclari, Manager, Regulatory Affairs, FortisBC

Location

BC Hydro Corporate Office

333 Dunsmuir St

Vancouver, BC V6B 5R3

For more information:

please call 1-604-528-1600

Nearby Hotels

 

Georgian Court Hotel
773 Beatty St., YVR, Vancouver, BC, Canada, V6B 2M4
Phone: +1-604-6825555

 

Sheraton Vancouver Wall Centre
1088 Burrard St., YVR, Vancouver, BC, Canada, V6Z 2R9
Phone: +1-604-331-1000

 

Sandman Hotel Vancouver City Centre
180 West Georgia St., YVR, Vancouver, BC, Canada, V6B4P4
Phone: +1-604-681-2211

 

Delta Hotels by Marriott Vancouver
0.17 mi from Conf location
Phone: +1 604-689-8188
550 West Hastings Street, Vancouver V6B 1L6

 

L’Hermitage Hotel  Vancouver
0.21 mi from Conf location
Phone: +1 778-327-4100
788 Richards St Vancouver   V6B 3A4

 

Hilton Vancouver Downtown
0.24 mi from Conf location
Phone 604-602-1999
433 Robson St, Vancouver, BC, V6B 6L9

 

Hotel Blu Vancouver
0.26 mi from Conf location
Phone: +1 604-620-6200
177 Robson Street, Vancouver, BC, V6E 1B2

 

Metropolitan Hotel Vancouver
0.27 mi from Conf location
Phone: +1 604-687-1122
645 Howe St., Vancouver, BC, V6C 2Y9

 

Exchange  Hotel Vancouver
0.30 mi from Conf location
Phone  604-563-4693
475 Howe Street, Vancouver, BC, V6B 2B3

Register

REGISTER NOW FOR THIS EVENT:

2022 Canadian Rate Design Conference

September 27-28, 2022 | Vancouver, BC
Individual attendee(s) - $ 1795.00 each
- OR - I choose to attend remotely
Individual remote connections(s) - $ 1595.00 each

Volume pricing available for remote connections

Individual attendee tickets can be mixed with ticket packs for complete flexibility

Pack of 5 attendees - $ 7,180.00 (10% discount)
Pack of 10 attendees - $ 12,565.00 (21% discount)
Pack of 20 attendees - $ 21,540.00 (32% discount)

Buy 4 in-person seats and only pay for 3! For this event every fourth in-person attendee is free!


RELATED WORKSHOPS:

Pricing to Facilitate Electrification

September 27
Individual attendee(s) - $ 695.00 each
- OR - I choose to attend remotely
Individual remote connections(s) - $ 595.00 each

Volume pricing available for remote connections

Individual attendee tickets can be mixed with ticket packs for complete flexibility

Pack of 5 attendees - $ 2780.00
Pack of 10 attendees - $ 4865.00
Pack of 20 attendees - $ 8340.00

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 26, 2022 in order to be refunded and will be subject to a $255.00 CAD 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

CEUs

Credits

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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 0.9 CEUs for this event 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


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

Course CPE Credits: 10.5
Workshop CPE Credits: 3.0
There is no prerequisite for this Course.
Program field of study: Specialized Knowledge
Program Level: Moderate
Delivery Method: Group Internet Based
Advanced Preparation: 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. Complaints regarding registered sponsors may be submitted to the National Registry of CPE Sponsors through its web site: www.nasbaregistry.org

 

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

Health & Safety

Visitors must be fully vaccinated

Visitors coming into a BC Hydro workplace and beyond lobbies and reception areas need to be fully vaccinated and must provide proof of vaccination. Visitor examples include vendors providing goods and services without a formal contract, caterers delivering into meeting rooms/kitchens, milk/coffee deliveries into our kitchens, customers, external students at the Trades Training Centre, prospective suppliers, salespeople and employee family members. Visitors need to follow all our existing protocols for each facility, such as signing in with Security and obtaining a visitor pass. The organizer of the meeting or visit needs to let their visitors know in advanced of the vaccination requirements.

  • At Dunsmuir, Edmonds, Fraser Valley Office, GMS, Revelstoke and Mica, Security personnel will complete the visual check of the visitor’s vaccine card
  • At all other locations, the person hosting the visitor(s) will need to conduct a visual check of the visitor’s vaccine card and confirm the name matches their photo ID prior to admitting them on site

In all cases, visitors will need to present valid photo ID and either their BC Vaccine Card, Canada Vaccine Card or Centers for Disease Control and Prevention card

With this change, meetings with visitors or external parties can now be held on any floor at Edmonds and Dunsmuir. Visitors are now permitted back at other offices as they were pre-pandemic, following this guidance.

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