2020 Canadian Rate Design Conference - Day One

September 17, 2020


AGENDA

Thursday, September 17, 2020 Central Time

Part I: Canadian Rate Design Conference

8:45 – 9:00 a.m. :: Log In

9:00 – 9:15 a.m. :: Welcome Announcements


9:15 – 9:35 a.m. :: Opening Address from Hydro-Québec

Hydro-Québec, which was established in 1944, is a public utility that generates, transmits and distributes electricity in Québec. It is North America’s largest producer of renewable energy and operator of an extensive high-voltage transmission system. Its clean energy is delivered to customers across Québec and is sold into wholesale markets in northeastern North America.

In this opening segment, Geneviève Fournier, will welcome conference attendees and talk about how Hydro-Québec currently handles Covid 19 pandemic on the customers side as well as the employee side. 

Geneviève Fournier, Senior Director Directrice principale Expérience client, vente et fidélisation, Hydro-Québec


9:35 a.m. – 12:15 p.m. (includes short breaks between speakers)

Session I: Pricing for Large Customers

Canadian utilities continue to face the challenge of serving new high voltage customers who are often located in areas where the grid requires reinforcement to ensure adequate service. Additionally, growing awareness by customers of wholesale prices creates pressure to offer market-based pricing while still trying to recover the costs mandated by embedded cost-based cost allocation. How should utilities design rates and contracts to secure required revenues but offer efficient, competitive prices for generation services? How should they structure contracts to recover possibly significant new transmission costs? This session will review these issues and explore current and possible approaches to large-customer pricing.


Rate and Program Incentives for Electrification of Large Industry in British Columbia

David Keir, Manager Transmission Rates, BC Hydro

 

Rate Implications of Newfoundland and Labrador’s System Changes

Kevin Fagan, Vice President, - Regulatory Affairs and Customer Service, Newfoundland & Labrador Hydro

 

Standby Pricing in Canada, An Update

Bruce Chapman, Vice President, Christensen Associates Energy Consulting


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

Kevin Fagan, Vice President, - Regulatory Affairs and Customer Service, Newfoundland & Labrador Hydro

Bruce Chapman, Vice President, Christensen Associates Energy Consulting

12:15 – 1:00 p.m. :: Lunch Break

1:00 - 4:15 p.m. (includes short breaks between speakers)


Session II: TOU Pricing for Residential Customers

Utilities in Canada and the U.S. have been investigating the potential of time-varying pricing to communicate the pattern and level of utility costs to small customers. Response results from this research are beginning to emerge. This session explores results from residential time-of-use pricing experiments and compares them with similar US research. Is such pricing, with its attendant meter and billing complications cost effective? Does TOU pricing induce customer response that helps to control costs, or is such pricing confined to merely better matching revenues to costs within the class?

Customer response to TOU Pricing in Ontario: An Update

Ceiran Bishop, Manager, Strategic Policy, Ontario Energy Board


Hydro-Québec’s Dynamic Pricing Experience: The First Year’s Results

Julie Doonan, Rate and Regulatory Affairs Senior Analyst, Hydro-Québec


Customer Response to TOU Pricing at San Diego Gas & Electric

Leslie Willoughby, Load Analysis Manager, San Diego Gas & Electric


Panel Discussion: Residential TOU Rates Recap

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

Ceiran Bishop, Manager, Strategic Policy, Ontario Energy Board

Julie Doonan, Rate and Regulatory Affairs Senior Analyst, Hydro-Québec

Leslie Willoughby, Load Analysis Manager, San Diego Gas & Electric

4:15 p.m. :: Conference Day 1 Concludes


Thursday, September 24, 2020 Central Time

Part II of Canadian Rate Design Conference

8:45 – 9:00 a.m. :: Log In

9:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. (includes short breaks between speakers)


Session III: The Practice of Distributed Energy Resources (DER) Pricing in Canada

The morning is devoted to reviewing how DER pricing is currently structured in Canada, and why the current net metering and net billing structures are problematic. We will also review the candidate alternatives to the existing pricing structures, including providing an overview of their strengths and weaknesses. This review will be a prelude to the afternoon discussion by industry practitioners of their utilities’ chosen applications.

Bruce Chapman, Vice President, Christensen Associates Energy Consulting

12:00 – 12:45 p.m. :: Lunch Break


12:45 – 4:30 p.m. (includes short breaks between speakers)


Session IV: The Practice of DER Pricing in Canada (Continued)

Canadian utilities are beginning to explore alternatives to their existing DER programs. The utilities understand that, as participation increases, fixed cost recovery and incentives issues become serious challenges. In this last session, utility, and industry experts with experience of developing alternatives to net metering will offer their experience with those alternatives and describe the impact of program revisions on customer participation and utility financials.

Austin Energy’s Value of Solar Rates

Tim Harvey, Customer Renewable Solutions Manager, Austin Energy

 

Fixed Cost Recovery: Residential Demand Charges and Net Metering

Steve Wishart, Director, Pricing & Planning, Xcel Energy Colorado

 

Salt River Project’s Portfolio of Residential Solar Rates

Mark Carroll, Principal Financial Analyst, Salt River Project 

 

Modifications of the Net Metering Model

Dr. Daniel Hansen, Christensen Associates Energy Consulting


Panel Discussion: DER Pricing Alternatives

This panel discussion will allow symposium attendees to ask specific questions of the presenters for discussion related to the alternative approaches to distributed energy resources pricing described in the preceding sessions.

Tim Harvey, Customer Renewable Solutions Manager, Austin Energy

Steve Wishart, Manager Pricing & Planning, Xcel Energy Colorado

Dr. Daniel Hansen, Christensen Associates Energy Consulting

Mark Carroll, Principal Financial Analyst, Salt River Project 

4:30 p.m. :: Conference Day 2 Concludes


SPEAKERS

 


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.