Demand charges for commercial and industrial customers have been around a long time in the electric industry. However, they have been rare for residential customers. The primary reason is that in the past, residential electricity loads have been viewed as fairly similar from one customer to the next without much variance. Conditions have changed dramatically in recent years, though, as consumer consumption patterns shift in concert with emerging technologies such as smart thermostats, plug-in electric vehicles, rooftop solar, energy storage, and multiple electronic devices. These changes have contributed to declining utility sales growth, even though the cost of maintaining a reliable grid continues to increase. This dilemma has led to a growing number of utilities proposing residential demand rate structures as one means of assuring stable revenue.
The interest among utilities to consider demand charge rate structures as an alternative to imposing fixed residential charges has been stimulated by a couple of drivers:
They help utilities protect revenue. Demand charges provide utilities with a way to make sure that customers pay their fair share for the burden they place on the electric grid.
They respond to a new reality where distributed solar, smart meters and efficiency measures give customers more control over their energy use. The arrival of smart meters allows customer demand at times of system and distribution peak to be accurately recorded.
This 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 residential demand charges. It will also provide important baseline information for utility staff to develop their own approach to evaluating whether this rate design option makes sense in their regulatory framework and service territory.
Summarize the industry experience with residential demand charges
Discuss the benefits and challenges of offering a residential demand charge
Discuss issues that utilities can expect to encounter with residential demand charges
Explain how three-part rates will encourage better use of grid capacity
Assess how to discuss the implementation of multi-part pricing to intervening parties and regulators
Explore the relationship between demand rates and net energy metering (NEM)
Examine the impact that imposing a residential demand charge has on various stakeholders
Interpret and evaluate customer response to demand charges
Discuss the potential unintended consequences of demand charges
Evaluate different utilities’ offering of a demand rate to their residential customer base
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 0.9 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 conference to be eligible for continuing education credit.
Case Studies, Panel Discussions and PowerPoint presentations will be used in the program.
Thursday, October 20, 2016
7:45 – 8:15 a.m. :: Registration and Coffee Service
8:15 – 8:30 a.m. :: Introductions and Overview
UTILITY PERSPECTIVES ON DEMAND CHARGES
10:15 – 10:30 a.m. :: Morning Break
12:00 – 1:00 p.m. :: Group Luncheon
3:15 – 3:30 p.m. Networking Break
Friday, October 21, 2016
8:00 – 8:30 a.m. :: Continental Breakfast
CONSUMER PERSPECTIVES ON DEMAND CHARGES
10:00 – 10:30 a.m. :: Networking Break
12:15 p.m. :: Conference Adjourns
Jeff Bailey, Director of Pricing and Analysis , Duke Energy
Bill Brayden, President, Brayden Automation/Energy Sentry
Patty Durand, President & CEO, Smart Energy Consumer Collaborative
Ahmad Faruqui, Principal, The Brattle Group
Dan Hansen, Vice President, Christensen Associates Energy Consulting, LLC
Paul Hibbard, Principal, Analysis Group
Brian Lips, Senior Project Manager - Policy and DSIRE Program Manager, NC Clean Energy Technology Center
Fidel Marquez, Senior VP, Government & External Affairs, ComEd
Abe Scarr, Director, Illinois Public Interest Research Group, Illinois PIRG
Todd Schatzki, Principal, Analysis Group, Inc.
Doug Scott, Vice President, Strategic Initiatives , Great Plains Institute
Sanem Sergici, Principal, The Brattle Group
Scott Vogt, Vice President - Energy Acquisition, ComEd
8535 W Higgins Rd
Chicago, IL 60631
To reserve your room, please call 1-773-693-4444
Please indicate that you are with the EUCI group to receive the group rate.
The room rate is $219.00 single or double plus applicable taxes.
Room Block Dates:
A room block has been reserved for the nights of October 19, 2016.
Rate Available Until:
Make your reservations prior to September 20, 2016. There are a limited number of rooms available at the conference rate. Please make your reservations early.