2024 Canadian Rate Design Conference

2024 Canadian Rate Design Conference

April 9-10, 2024 | Online :: Central Time

“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

“Highly recommend. Given all the changes in the industry, it is more important than ever to share innovative ideas and stay abreast of new developments in rate design.” Sr. Regulatory Specialist, BCUC

“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

“Worthwhile and relative discussions with great level of interaction.” Manager Collections, Enbridge

Canadian electric utilities are among the leaders in providing clean. renewable electricity to their customers. Historical ready access to inexpensive hydroelectric energy, though, is being challenged by the high cost of new generation and accelerating demand for clean energy to sustain “efficient electrification”. As the demand for cleaner, renewable energy intensifies, utilities find themselves being called upon to deliver potentially large increases in the future. At the same time, existing imperatives for energy efficiency have not abated.

Innovative rate design is the key to navigating these challenges and effectively controlling costs. Effective contemporary rate design continues the critical task of overall cost recovery but also communicates to customers the cost of increased energy consumption. Attend the Canadian Rate Design Conference to gain insights from utilities and industry experts. Discover cutting-edge rate options that cater to the evolving needs of today’s customers while paving the way for a sustainable and responsive energy future. Register now to stay ahead in shaping the utility landscape for tomorrow.

Learning Outcomes

  • Discuss rate design that helps better manage the grid
  • Explore rate design strategies for small/mass market customers
  • Examine rate innovations for large customers
  • Evaluate the rate design approaches for beneficial electrification
  • Review rate design matters that utilities face throughout Canada
  • Review EV charging rate design options

Agenda

Tuesday, April 9, 2024 : Central Time

12:45 – 1:00 p.m.
Log In

1:00 – 5:00 p.m.
Conference Timing

1:00 – 1:30 p.m. :: Welcome Announcements

1:30 – 4:00 p.m. :: Pricing for Mass Market Customers

Residential rate design in the past was not very effective at reflecting marginal 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. This session will review utility initiatives to meet these challenges.

Lessons from Ontario’s Ultra Low Overnight Rate Design

Nicola Charles, Senior Advisor, Ontario Energy Board (OEB)

Costing and Pricing of Line Extensions: Cost Recovery and Price Incentive Properties

Gerald Zurek, Senior Manager, Rates, EPCOR

4:00 – 5:00 p.m. :: 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 mass markets session.

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

Nicola Charles, Senior Advisor, Ontario Energy Board (OEB)

Gerald Zurek, Senior Manager, Rates, EPCOR

Wednesday, April 10, 2024 : Central Time

8:45 – 9:00 a.m.
Log In

12:00 – 1:00 p.m.
Lunch Break

9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Conference Timing

 

9:00– 11:00 a.m. :: Marginal Cost Applications for Large Customers

Increasing electrification generates sizeable new electricity load, which creates challenges in generation pricing and cost recovery. A leading challenge lies in introducing marginal cost-based pricing into embedded cost-based recovery. This includes better reflecting generation marginal costs and using improved understanding of transmission marginal costs to price transmission services where the beneficiaries of investment are not necessarily best represented by prospective loads This session will review how these challenges can be met in revising rates serving large customers.

Large Customer Rate Redesign to Reflect Changing Marginal Costs

Jessica Lunn, Manager, Transmission Tariffs & Rate Design, BC Hydro

Transmission Network Additions: Who Pays for What?

Shirley Walsh, Senior Legal Counsel, Regulatory, Newfoundland & Labrador Hydro

Facilitating Electrification Through Mass Market Rate Design

Severin Borenstein, Advisor, Next 10

11:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. :: Panel Discussion: Large Customer Pricing Recap

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

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

Jessica Lunn, Manager, Transmission Tariffs & Rate Design, BC Hydro

Shirley Walsh, Senior Legal Counsel, Regulatory, Newfoundland & Labrador Hydro

Severin Borenstein, Advisor, Next 10

12:00 – 1:00 p.m. :: Lunch Break

1:00 – 4:00 p.m. :: Pricing & Electrification

Electrification is often identified with the expansion of electric vehicle charging via intelligent rate design. This session looks at rate design for commercial EV charging and also considers the pricing challenges associated with electrification more generally.

Pricing for Commercial EV Charging at BC Hydro

Chris Sandve, Chief Regulatory Officer and Director, Policy and Engagement, BC Hydro

Pricing for Commercial EV Charging at Duke Energy

Bradley Harris, Director, Government Affairs, Duke Energy

Rate Design for Commercial EV Charging

Ed Davis, Manager-Rates and Cost of Service, Eversource Energy

4:00 – 5:00 p.m. :: Panel Discussion: Innovative Rate Design Recap

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

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

Bradley Harris, Director, Government Affairs, Duke Energy

Chris Sandve, Chief Regulatory Officer and Director, Policy and Engagement, BC Hydro

Ed Davis, Manager-Rates and Cost of Service, Eversource Energy

Workshop

Generation Services Pricing and Electrification

Tuesday, April 9, 2024 : Central Time

This workshop will review the costing and pricing fundamentals of the central components of generation services – energy, reserves, and capacity – and then explore how innovative retail pricing options can be developed to support successful rate design in an era of electrification.

The workshop will also prepare conference attendees to participate more fully in the conference presentations and in subsequent panel discussions by introducing the concepts that underpin the topic of efficient rate design.

Learning Outcomes

  • Discover how marginal cost guides understanding of efficiency
  • Examine the building blocks of generation services marginal costs
  • Assess how retail rates can reflect marginal costs and how they influence customer behavior
  • Review rate design applications that communicate market conditions to customers, including static and dynamic pricing designs
  • Explore the ways in which efficient electrification can be supported by rate design, and the limitations that present design challenges

Agenda

8:45 – 9:00 a.m.
Log In

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

9:00 – 9:15 a.m. :: Welcome & Introductions

9:15 – 10:00 a.m. :: Defining Efficient Electrification

 

10:00 – 10:45 a.m. :: Generation Services Pricing Overview

  • Energy, Reserves, and Capacity Pricing

 

10:45 – 11:15 a.m. :: Retail Pricing Applications of Generation Services Pricing

11:15 – 11:45 a.m. :: Electrification Pricing Challenges 

  • Structure, Alternatives, and Pitfalls

11:45 a.m.– 12:00 p.m. :: Review & Q&A

12:00 p.m. :: Workshop Adjourns

Instructors

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.

Nicholas A. Crowley, Vice President Christensen Associates Energy Consulting

Mr. Crowley assists electric utilities in measuring the cost of capital, preparing cost-of-service studies and in developing innovative rate designs for electric utilities. Mr. Crowley has participated in the development of cost benchmarks for power systems and participated in marginal cost estimation and the development of marginal cost models. He has also assisted in the measurement of price response by customers participating in leading demand response programs.

Speakers

Severin Borenstein, Advisor, Next 10

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

Nicola Charles, Senior Advisor, Ontario Energy Board (OEB)

Ed Davis, Manager-Rates and Cost of Service, Eversource Energy

Bradley Harris, Director, Government Affairs, Duke Energy

Jessica Lunn, Manager, Transmission Tariffs & Rate Design, BC Hydro

Chris Sandve, Chief Regulatory Officer and Director, Policy and Engagement, BC Hydro

Shirley Walsh, Senior Legal Counsel, Regulatory, Newfoundland & Labrador Hydro

Gerald Zurek, Senior Manager, Rates, EPCOR

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.

  • Microsoft recommends downloading and installing the Teams app if possible. You may also use the Edge browser or Chrome.
  • You will receive a separate email with a unique link to a personalized landing page which will include links to join all sessions of this event.
  • 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 attendees for 7 days after the event

REGISTER NOW FOR THIS EVENT:

2024 Canadian Rate Design Conference

April 9-10, 2024 | Online
Individual attendee(s) - $CAD 1595.00 each

Volume pricing also available

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

Pack of 5 attendees - $CAD 6,380.00 (20% discount)
Pack of 10 attendees - $CAD 11,165.00 (30% discount)
Pack of 20 attendees - $CAD 19,140.00 (40% discount)

RELATED WORKSHOPS:

Generation Services Pricing and Electrification

April 9
Individual remote connection(s) - $ 595.00 each

Volume pricing also available

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

Pack of 5 attendees - $ 2380.00
Pack of 10 attendees - $ 4165.00
Pack of 20 attendees - $ 7140.00

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 March 08, 2024 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

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 1.1 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: 13.0
Workshop CPE Credits: 3.5
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