By - Jon Brown

2018 Rate Design Conference: Rate Design Renaissance
October 4-5, 2018 | Minneapolis, MN

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Overview

The U.S. electricity system continues to go through tremendous change, driven by technological innovation, increased use of distributed energy resources (DER), and evolving customer needs and preferences. Pressures from solar, storage, electric vehicles (EVs), and home energy management (HEM) systems are pushing utilities to explore new rate designs and pricing options. Moving forward, rate-making will need to achieve multiple objectives including:

  • Ensuring that costs are allocated equitably among rate classes
  • Compensating customer-generated DER fairly, yet charging them properly for use of the grid
  • Allowing utilities to recover revenue to offset system expenses tangentially associated with revenue recovery sources
  • Sending appropriate price signals so that customers are motivated to act in ways that benefit themselves and the grid
  • Enabling new revenue streams for utilities

EUCI’s 16th Annual Rate Design conference brings together perspectives around customer engagement, increased renewables, and alternative revenue streams in a way that best illustrates their possible interactions and positive impacts. The program will discuss the challenges created by accommodating customer adoption of solar, storage, HEM, and EVs and other distributed energy resources (DERs).  Leaders in the utility rate design field — providers, regulators, and industry experts — will address these current industry trends, while also supporting relationship-building and networking opportunities for attendees.

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Learning Outcomes

  • Explore a variety of rate design options for addressing higher penetrations of distributed generation
  • Discuss customer perspectives and their willingness to accept different rate design and pricing options
  • Explore the rate design challenges of accommodating distributed energy
  • Discuss issues that utilities can expect to encounter with residential demand charges
  • Evaluate the impact of electric vehicles and distributed energy resources on residential rate design
  • Hear about rate design issues from the perspective of industry regulators
  • Discuss the potential unintended consequences of certain rate designs
  • Discuss how applying analytics will create insights, efficiencies and value for 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 1.0 CEUs for this event.

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

Course CPE Credits: 12.0
There is no prerequisite for this Course.
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

Thursday, October 4, 2018

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 – 9:45 a.m. :: Keynote Address from Xcel Energy

Mr. Chandarana will welcome conference participants to Minneapolis and will provide an overview of Xcel’s new residential TOU Pilot Program. The objective of this TOU pilot is to find out how to effectively engage customers and if price signals can get customers to shift energy usage away from the peak.

Aakash Chandarana, Regional Vice President of Regulatory Affairs, Xcel Energy

9:45 – 10:00 a.m. :: Morning Break


10:00 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. :: Session I: What Do Customers Want?

Technological advancements are transforming the energy grid, but electricity rate-setting – what and how utilities and regulators charge customers for electric service – has evolved less quickly. Smarter engagement with customers, however, may hold the key for utilities contemplating innovations in rate design. Utility companies can navigate changes in rate design more efficiently by engaging with customers. This session investigates the importance of understanding how customers view different rate and pricing options as utilities refine or create new rate and pricing structures. Attendees will learn about evolving customer perspectives and their willingness to accept different rate design and pricing options.


Smart Rate Design That Gives Customers What They Need and Want

Customers across the country are making something clear: They want to be more engaged in their energy use. In response, many electric utilities are expanding and evolving rate options for residential customers. This discussion will address the ongoing evolution of residential rate design and provide examples of innovative rate changes that still adhere to the fundamental principles of rate design.

Cass Bielski, Director, Manager of Rate and Regulatory Business, Edison Electric Institute (EEI)


Minnesota Power Industrial Customer Engagement and Pricing

This presentation will share how Minnesota Power engages with industrial customers and reflects their interests in development of rate design, pricing options, and new products

Leah Peterson, Supervisor, Key Account Analysis, Minnesota Power


Consumer Interest in Time-Varying Rate Plans

This presentation will cover what is known about consumer attitudes based on interviews with more than 7,000 U.S. residential consumers, along with factors that motivate consumer engagement.

Patty Durand, President & CEO, Smart Energy Consumer Collaborative


Demand Response Rates at Gulf Power

This presentation will describe the optional rates and programs Gulf Power offers its residential, commercial, and industrial customers; describe the participants in each program; and examine the response customers provide to the program’s incentives.

Lee Evans, Pricing & Costing Supervisor, Gulf Power

12:30 – 1:30 p.m. :: Group Luncheon


1:30 – 4:30 p.m. :: Session II: Retail Rate Design Responses to Distributed Generation and Electric Vehicles

The proliferation of rooftop solar, battery storage, and electric vehicles is driving interest in changing electricity rate designs for mass-market retail electric customers. Time-differentiated rates may be used to reflect the value of a solar panel’s output, or the cost of charging an electric vehicle. Demand charges – which in the past have been applied only to large commercial and industrial customers – are now being proposed for mass-market customers. In this session, attendees will learn about the approaches to dealing with these challenges in different states.


Residential Customer Generation Price Plan at Salt River Project (SRP)

SRP has studied how customer’s energy and demand differs on the demand rate compared to traditional rates and how those changes impact customer bills and will review findings to date in this session.

Mark Carroll, Principal Analyst, Salt River Project


Finding a Fair Way to Compensate Rooftop Solar Customers: A Success Story from Arizona

In this session, learn about one of APS’s primary goals of rate design for DG customers to align price signals with resource needs and costs

Leland Snook, Director, Rates & Rate Strategy, Arizona Public Service

2:45 – 3:00 p.m. :: Afternoon Break


The First Regulated Electric Utility to Win Approval for Residential Demand Charges

In this session, learn about how Massachusetts regulators made history in January 2018 by approving a three-part rate for Eversource Energy that includes a mandatory demand charge for residential customers who own distributed energy resources.

Ed Davis, Director, Rates, Eversource


The Value of DER: Can the NY Utilities Create an Effective Successor to NEM?

As part of the REV proceeding, the New York utilities recently submitted rate design proposals to apply to customers with DER. This session will describe the process, what some of the proposals were and where things go next.

Kevin Hernandez, Director, ScottMadden, Inc.


4:30 – 5:00 p.m. :: Group Discussion

Moderated by Dan Hansen and Rick Starkweather

5:00 – 6:00 p.m. :: Networking Reception


Friday, October 5, 2018

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


8:30 – 8:45 a.m. :: Second Day Opening Remarks

Conference Co-chairs:

Rick Starkweather, Partner, ScottMadden, Inc.

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


8:45 – 9:15 a.m. :: Keynote: Commissioners Perspective on Rate Design

Chair Nancy Lange will provide a regulatory perspective on the expanding role that rate design plays in customer engagement, efficient use of system resources and support of state policy objectives.

Hon Nancy Lange, Commissioner, Minnesota PUC


9:15 – 11:30 a.m. :: Session III: Can Traditional Ratemaking Support Non-traditional Products and Services?

As utilities explore new and innovative ways to increase revenues – either through potential rate base additions (utility-owned microgrids, energy storage, distribution system platforms, EV charging stations, etc.), or new products and services through behind-the-meter products or other distribution service offerings – the traditional rate-making construct will likely need to change to price these services. This session examines how utilities are partnering with innovative providers to meet changing customer needs and evolving energy policies, along with how they are proposing to recover the costs of these new investments.


Applying Analytics to Create Insights, Efficiencies and Value for Customers

Concepts to be covered include: the interlocking strategies of emerging technology, the integrated energy network, customer insights and solutions, and enterprise analytics; lessons learned; and potential frameworks and guiding principles for other utilities to utilize in their own journey.

Raiford Smith, VP, Energy Technology & Analytics, Entergy

10:00 – 10:15 a.m. :: Morning Break


Where Should the Utility Play in the EV Market?

Georgia Power is working hard to better understand the impact of electric vehicle charging on the electricity grid. This segment will explore how utilities can help bring economically and technologically viable on-road electric transportation technologies to the marketplace.

Ed Harmon, Manager of Electric Transportation, Georgia Power Company


Promoting Beneficial EV Load Growth Through Increased Smart Charging Infrastructure

This session will provide an outlook on current EV market growth – vehicles, load, and related electrified technologies and discuss alternative rate structures to enable transportation electrification. It will also consider various options for utility programs, including potential utility deployments and capitalized investments.

Shaun Caldwell, Director, Utility Solutions, ChargePoint


11:45 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. :: Conference Recap

Rick Starkweather and Dan Hansen will provide a recap of the key points that were covered during the conference. This closing session will also allow conference attendees to ask questions about any rate design presentation, issue or problem.

Rick Starkweather, Partner, ScottMadden, Inc.

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

12:00 p.m. :: Conference Adjourns

Speakers

Cass Bielski, Director, Manager of Rate and Regulatory Business, Edison Electric Institute (EEI)

Shaun Caldwell, Director, Utility Solutions, ChargePoint

Mark Carroll, Principal Analyst, Salt River Project

Aakash Chandarana, Regional Vice President of Regulatory Affairs, Xcel Energy

Ed Davis, Director, Rates, Eversource 

Patty Durand, President & CEO, Smart Energy Consumer Collaborative

Lee Evans, Pricing & Costing Supervisor, Gulf Power

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

Ed Harmon, Manager of Electric Transportation, Georgia Power Company

Kevin Hernandez, Director, ScottMadden, Inc.

Nancy Lange, Commissioner, Minnesota PUC

Leah Peterson, Supervisor, Key Account Analysis, Minnesota Power

Raiford Smith, VP, Energy Technology & Analytics, Entergy

Leland Snook, Director, Rates & Rate Strategy, Arizona Public Service

Rick Starkweather, Partner, ScottMadden, Inc.

Location

Minneapolis Marriott City Center

30 South 7th St

Minneapolis, MN 55402

Reserve your room:

please call 1-612-349-4000
Click here to book online

Room Block Reserved For:

Nights of October 3 – 4, 2018

Room rate through EUCI:

$159.00 single or double plus applicable taxes
Make your reservations prior to September 12, 2018.

Venue Information

https://www.marriott.com/hotels/local-things-to-do/mspcc-minneapolis-marriott-city-center/

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