Advanced Cost of Service: Rate Trends and Distributed Generation Impacts

Thursday, May 17 – Friday, May 18
Grand Hyatt Denver
Denver, Colorado

Course Schedule
Thursday: 8:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.
Friday: 8:30 a.m. – Noon

Recommended CEUs 1/PDHs 10.25/CPEs 12.2 
Field of Study: Specialized Knowledge

Course Overview 
Review the latest industry rate trends, evaluate new rate structures, and learn how to recover fixed costs and fund infrastructure investments. Hear how other utilities are integrating distributed energy resources and restructuring rates. Gain hands-on experience by designing rates for a sample utility.

Course Topics

  • Analyze industry rate trends and future rate structures
  • Determine the role of a monthly customer charge in rate design
  • Develop rates that reflect utility costs, maintain financial stability, and promote energy conservation
  • Develop time-of-use rate structures and real-time pricing rates
  • Develop marginal cost-based price signals
  • Design economic development rates
  • Understand power cost adjustment mechanisms
  • Determine the value of renewable generation
  • Design rates that recover utility costs for rooftop solar installations
  • Develop standby rates for customers installing combined heat and power generators
  • Get buy-in from governing bodies and the public on rate designs 

Sample Agenda/Learning Outcomes
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Course Level 
 Follow up to the Basic and Intermediate Cost of Service courses.

Who Should Attend 
Utility staff and policymakers looking for advanced knowledge of cost of service and ratemaking processes.

Mark Beauchamp, CPA, CMA, MBA
, is president of Utility Financial Solutions, a consulting practice that specializes in financial planning, cost of service, and rate-setting for public power utilities. He has more than 33 years of experience in electric utility consulting and management. In his previous positions, Beauchamp has assisted with improvements to accounting and operation practices, risk assessments, cost of service, and competitive rate designs. He is a frequent speaker at national and regional conferences and has taught a variety of courses for APPA. He holds degrees in water purification technology and accounting, as well as a master's degree in business.