Course

Strategic Rate Design: Trends and Distributed Generation Impacts

Part of the Winter Education Institute. Catch up on industry rate trends and learn how to move toward stable rate structures that recover costs from all customers. Features exercises, group discussion, and case studies.
February 7 - 8, 2019
Nashville, Tennessee

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Thursday, Feb. 7 – Friday, Feb. 8

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

Course Overview 

The electric industry is changing, and policies related to customer rate structures are no longer consistent with how a utility’s costs are incurred. Learn how to send proper price signals and how social and environmental objectives may factor into rate designs. Review rate trends and strategies from utilities across the nation and hear how others are integrating distributed energy resources and restructuring rates for electric vehicles, solar valuation and fixed and variable cost recovery. Gain hands-on experience by designing rates for a sample utility.

  • Considerations when developing a long-term rate strategy
  • Rate options for utilities both with and without AMI
  • Developing a strategic rate plan to meet long-term utility goals and properly recover costs l Valuation and billing methodologies for rooftop solar customers and battery storage
  • Rate structures and strategies for electric vehicle charging stations
  • Evaluating customer and demand charges, time of use rates, real-time pricing, coincident peak demand rates, identifying marginal costs, and setting a proper price signal
  • Special rates: economic development, rates for large customers, standby rates, rate structures to promote electric vehicles, etc.
  • Understanding power cost adjustment mechanisms
  • Developing standby rates for customers installing combined heat and power generators
  • Educating staff, management, governing bodies, and customers about long-term rate strategies
  • Utility rate trends and case studies

Sample Agenda/Learning Outcomes

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Course Level 

Intermediate/Advanced: No prerequisites; no advance preparation. Participants may also be interested in the Basic and Intermediate Cost of Service courses.

Accreditation

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

Who Should Attend 

Utility staff and policymakers looking for advanced knowledge of cost of service and rate-making processes.

Instructor 

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 the Association. He holds degrees in water purification technology and accounting, as well as a master's degree in business.

Register online or complete the registration form.

Course Fees

Members: $745
Nonmembers: $1,490
Prices increase $50 after Jan. 14

Interested in attending another course at the Winter Institute? More information on courses and fees are available on the main Winter Institute page.

Travel Arrangements

Travel arrangements and costs are the responsibility of the participants (including hotel parking, WiFi, incidentals, etc.). The Association will not reimburse for changes in travel expenditures regardless of the cause.

Meals

Beverage breaks are included in the registration fee. All meals are on your own.

Internet Access

WiFi may only be available in hotel common areas (sleeping rooms and hotel lobby), and will not be available in meeting rooms. Please make arrangements to use cellular data on your device, or bring a MiFi or Internet hotspot for personal use. The Association will not provide a password for WiFi.

Name Badges

Name badges can be picked up at the Association's registration desk at the hotel starting at 7:30 a.m.

Cancellations/No-Show/Refunds/Substitutions

Registrants who cancel in writing on or before Jan. 28, 2019, are entitled to a refund of their registration fee, minus a $50 cancellation fee. Registrants who cancel after Jan. 28 will not receive a refund, but attendee substitutions will be allowed for this event only. Registrants and no-shows who do not cancel by Jan. 28 are responsible for the full registration fee and are not entitled to a refund. Cancellations must be made in writing and emailed to Registra[email protected].

The 2019 Winter Education Institute will take place at: 

Sheraton Grand Nashville Downtown
623 Union Street
Nashville, TN 37219

  • Main telephone: 615-259-2000
  • Group Rate: $225 Single/Double (plus tax)
  • Check-in: 3 p.m.
  • Check-out: 11:00 a.m.
  • Parking: Valet Parking: ($39/day)Self-Parking: ($35/day)
  • Internet Access: Complimentary wireless High-Speed Internet connection in sleeping rooms

Reservations

  • Reservation Cut-off Date:                January 14, 2019
  • Reservation Telephone:                   1-800-325-3535
  • Group Code:                                      APPA-2019 Winter Institute
  • Online Reservation Link:                 https://www.starwoodmeeting.com/Book/APPA2019WinterInstitute

Internet Access

WiFi may only be available in hotel common areas (sleeping rooms and hotel lobby), and will not be available in meet­ing rooms. Please make arrangements to use cellular data on your device, or bring a MiFi or Internet hotspot for personal use. The Association will not provide a password for WiFi.

Location

The hotel is located about 10 miles from the Nashville International Airport (BNA). Please contact the hotel for transportation options.For directions and transportation options, contact the hotel directly.

Need Assistance?

If you require assistance with hotel/travel arrangements, please contact Meeting Services at 202-467-2941 or [email protected].

What is the conference dress code?

The attire for the Institute ranges from business casual to casual--whatever you're comfortable in. Meeting room temperatures vary, so prepare to dress for cool conditions.

Cancellations/No-Show/Refunds/Substitutions

Registrants who cancel in writing on or before Jan. 28, 2019, are entitled to a refund of their registration fee, minus a $50 cancellation fee. Registrants who cancel after Jan. 28, will not receive a refund, but attendee substitutions will be allowed for this event only. Registrants and no-shows who do not cancel by Jan. 28 are responsible for the full registration fee and are not entitled to a refund. Cancellations must be made in writing and emailed to [email protected].

    Where and when is the next Institute?

    Spring Institute
    May 6-10, 2019
    Omaha Marriott Downtown at the Capitol District
    Omaha, Nebraska

    Fall Institute
    September 30 - October 4, 2019
    Hotel Contessa
    San Antonio, Texas

      More questions?

      Contact us at [email protected] or call 202-467-2976.