Trends: Innovations in Utility Electric Rates

August 16, 2016 @ 8:30 am – 3:15 pm
Room 235, Pyle Center
University of Wisconsin: Pyle Center
702 Langdon St, Madison, WI 53706
$75 members of WPUI, $125 non-members
Cara Lee Mahany Braithwait

Monitoring business

Market Inflection Drivers for Electricity: Tracking the Trends 

Part 3 in this four-part series which explores the physical, investment, pricing and customer effects of a market undergoing massive change.

Trends: Who, what, why and where are trends in the industry happening?  What are the predictions for the trends? What does past history suggest?  

This session explores pricing strategies for dealing with new demands, requirements and trends in energy markets.  It underlines the importance of getting the pricing right for customers who are more tuned in to energy topics, stockholder, utilities and businesses that serve all these audiences.


Draft Agenda
8:15 – 8:30am         Welcome Coffee/Tea

8:30 – 9:15am         Historical Perspective: Technology’s Role in Rate Design, 1900-1985 — From financial chaos, trust-busting and rapid technological innovation came our original pricing model that leveraged an effective economy-of-scale industry.  David Ludwig, Attorney, former Deputy General Counsel for the Public Service Commission of Wisconsin

9:15 – 10:30am       Technology’s Role, Rates and Customers, 1985-2016 — The evolution of rate design and other customer-side programs, and the arrival of digital technologies.  Ahmad Faruqui, Principal & Energy Economist, The Brattle Group

Faruqui presentation PDF

10:30 – 10:45am     Open Discussion

10:45 – 11:00am      Break

11:00 – 12:15pm      The Role of Engineering in Cost Recovery – This session will look at distribution system costs from an engineer’s perspective. What constitutes a minimum distribution system, and how it can be calculated? Larry Vogt, Manager of Rates, Mississippi Power Company

Vogt presentation PDF

12:15 – 12:45pm       Lunch

12:45 – 1:30pm       Cost Recovery Options  and Enabling Technology — Dan Hansen, Vice President, Christensen Associates Energy Consulting

Hansen presentation PDF

1:30 – 2:30pm         And the Results? A Critical Look at Rate Outcomes — Intended and Unintended Consequences , Ross Hemphill, RCHemphill Solutions, Independent Consultant on Regulatory and Energy Policy

Hemphill presentation PDF

2:30 – 3:15pm           Round-table Discussion


Your registration fee includes materials, meals/breaks and access to materials on our website post-program.

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