Special Events

Public Power Rates Roundtable


August 24-26, 2016, Meeting Details

Registration:  $450/person

Includes all meals during session hours, and materials

Round Table Site:  Pyle Center, 702 Langdon St., Rm 309, Madison WI

Hotel:  Lowell Center –Rooms on the Lake. $119

The room block has ended but there are still rooms available at The Lowell Center, 610 Langdon St., Madison WI.

Lowell Center contact information

Note:  These discussions are prohibited from mentioning or reporting on any unpublished rates.
All rates discussed must be publicly available at the respective utility’s website or via other approved public documents.


Lowell and Pyle Center from Lake Mendota

What:                              Discussions with peers and some select outside speakers

Registration Fee:         $450/person includes all catering during sessions, and materials

Hotel:                             The Lowell Center

Draft Agenda:                           

Wednesday, August 24


12:00 pm Registration/Check In
12:30 – 1:00 Lunch
1:00 – 1:15 Introductions John Little, LIPA
1:15 – 2:15 Everyone introduces themselves and their recent work Seattle, Chelan, Orlando, Clark, JEA, SRP, Tacoma, Santee Cooper, LIPA
2:15 – 2:30 Break
2:30 – 3:30 Residential Demand Rate Mark Carroll, SRP
3:30 – 4:30 NY’s Reforming the Energy Vision John Little, LIPA
4:30 – 5:00 Community Aggregation under Consideration Justin Bell, LIPA
5:00 Adjourn


Thursday, August 25

8:30 – 9:00am Future of the Committee John Little, LIPA
9:00 – 10:00 Arizona Public Service:  A Closer look at their recent proposed rate plan Chuck Miessner, Arizona Public Service
10:00 – 10:15 Break
10:15 – Noon DR and Cost of Service:  What changes in cost of service models when DR enters the picture for public power? (Are there operational impacts on distribution equipment that needs to be considered in rate design?) Cost of service from an engineer’s perspective, and how to explain these costs to your staff, board and the public as it relates to what is appropriate for a fixed non-shared and common customer cost, and variable costs.

  • Demand cost allocation
  • Issues and solutions with demand metering
  • Declining Residential Load Factor
  • Effect on assets
  • What should stay in the customer charge
  • PILO effects
  • Incorporating a power adjustment clause
Larry Vogt, Mississippi Power
Noon – 1:00pm Lunch
1:00 – 2:00 Austin Energy Solar Experience Austin Energy
2:00 – 2:15 Break
2:15 – 2:45 Cost Recovery Riders—Recent LIPA Work

  • Revenue decoupling
  • Adjustment mechanisms
  • Power Supply
  • Debt Service
  • Storm Costs
  • Taxes and Assessments
John Little, LIPA
2:45 – 4:15 Net Energy Metering Problems and Options Bruce Chapman, Christensen Associates – Energy Consulting, Madison WI
4:15 – 4:45 The Duck Has Landed.  Changing Load Factors:  Wind, Solar, Energy Efficiency and EVs — their intended and unintended outcomes, and how rates can effect change. Discussion
4:45 Adjourn


Friday, August 26

8:30 – 9:00am Effect of Fixed Rates on Low-income or Low-energy-use Customers — What We Don’t Know Dan Hansen, Christensen Associates – Energy Consulting, Madison WI
9:00– 10:15 Constructing a Customer Access Charge Greg Bollom, Madison Gas & Electric, Madison WI
10:15 – Noon Service Quality – Reliability of Power Delivery and Customer ServicesService quality and reliability regularly have been reported to regulatory authorities by electric utilities. And while service quality selectively has been an issue (e.g. Florida following 2005), it generally has been assumed to be of secondary importance. The main issues of regulation have remained overall price level, cost allocation, and managing renewable energy. Beginning in 2013, however, service quality assumed a more prominent role, particularly on the East Coast. What will this mean for rates going forward? Robert Camfield, Christensen Associates – Energy Consulting, Madison WI
Noon Adjourn


No discussion of specific unpublished rates will be permitted.


 Link to article, “Beyond rate reforms: Bundling strategies could resolve net metering battles.”

The Pyle Center
University of Wisconsin-Extension
702 Langdon Street
Madison, WI 53706-1420
Guest Services and Front Desk: 608-262-1122
Fax: 608-262-8516
Email: thepylecenter@ecc.uwex.edu


The Lowell Center
University of Wisconsin-Extension
610 Langdon Street
Madison, WI 53703-1104
Assistant Manager: 608-890-1735
Manager: 608-263-4799
Reservations: 866-301-1753
Guest Services and Front Desk: 608-256-2621
Fax: 608-262-5445
Email: lowell@ecc.uwex.edu

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