ONLINE COURSES

Utility Rates

UJS-301
Gas and Electric Utility Rate Applications
1/2 day on-demand seminar with Live Q&A
Available Now (7 day access)

Gas and Electric Utility Rate Applications: We will conduct several bill analyses with both gas and electric bills, for several customer groups including residential, commercial, and industrial. Bill calculations will be done with a variety of tariffs to become proficient in bill analyses techniques.  Case studies of different bill applications will be used to illustrate the differences among rate tariffs and to apply what was learned to real-life situations. Certain issues will be selected for Case studies by the class.  Active participation in debating the merits of those issues will be expected of the participants.  We will continue with bill and tariff analysis using actual bill examples.  Examples will be selected from participant situations that have been submitted in advance.  Depending on time and complexity, several examples will be reviewed.  Analysis of bundled compared to unbundled rates will be done using current electric and gas pricing to illustrated the economics of rate design in competitive markets. 

What You Will Learn
  1. The specifics of various natural gas and electric rate structures; how to read a tariff; and how to analyze a gas & electric bill.
  2. Energy pricing including historic review and future forecasts
  3. Deregulation and its impact on rates
  4. What rate structures benefit customers and suppliers, and when.
  5. How rate structures are designed and applied in deregulated environments.
  6. How to calculate comparisons between regulated and deregulated supply procurement.
  7. Methods to improve profitability within utilities
  8. Lost revenue recovery mechanisms
Seminar Agenda
  • Review the current problems encountered when implementing today's open-access markets and customer choice programs.
  • Examine the important issues that create friction between utilities and energy marketers from both perspectives.
  • Conduct a gas/electric case study exercise that addresses specific issues selected by the class.
  • Debate the merits of significant issues contained within the case study using the active participation of class participants.
  • Interpret a variety of gas & electric tariffs to become proficient in bill analyses techniques.
  • Conduct several bill analyses with both gas and electric bills for residential, commercial, and industrial customer groups.
  • Review several additional examples of increasing rate-making complexity as time allows.
  • Produce comparative analysis of bundled and unbundled rates using current electric and gas pricing examples.
  • Illustrate how the economics of rate design is applied in competitive energy markets.
How This Online Course Works

Get the best of both worlds with this blended learning approach.

  1. Learn at your own pace and on your own schedule as you first enjoy the internet-streamed, on-demand seminar. Speed up, slow down, or repeat sections of the presentation.
  2. Upon completion, join us for one of our regularly scheduled live online Q&A sessions. A calendar of live Q&A dates and times is provided in the program access instructions you will receive. You can also email your questions directly to the instructor.
Course Access

You will receive immediate online access to the on-demand training presentation. The audio for the online seminar is only available through your computer or other Internet connected device. You will also receive links in your access instructions to PDFs for all the presentation materials in case you want to print or keep a copy.

The on-demand training presentations are available for a total of 7 days from the time any one of the training presentations is first accessed. After 7 days, your access to the on-demand presentations will expire. However the PDF formatted training program slides and other documents you receive are yours to keep.

Your Instructor
Jim Crist
President of Lumen Group, Inc

Jim Crist is President of Lumen Group, Inc. headquartered in the suburbs of Pittsburgh. He has over 27 years experience in the energy industry covering coal, gas, oil, propane, and electricity. Jim has conducted many strategic studies of the industry and prepared market and business assessments for several large energy companies. Before founding Lumen Group in 1996, Jim spent 20 years working for major energy companies in engineering, technology development, rate and regulatory policy development and marketing. He served as marketing vice president in both regulated and deregulated entities.  His consulting practice provides strategic planning, marketing and business development, and rate and regulatory consulting, along with serving as an expert witness in regulatory proceedings in several jurisdictions.

Program Pricing
1/2 day on-demand seminar with Live Q&A 
$295 for single attendee, $195 per attendee thereafter.
Special pricing is available for groups of four or more. Click here for more information.

If you have additional questions please email customercare@pgsenergy.com or call (440) 853-1038.
Payment and Cancellations

Payment is required prior to training program access. Payment can be made by Visa, Mastercard, American Express, or corporate check. Your credit card will be charged at the time of registration unless other arrangements have been made.

Cancellations for online training programs can be made before the program access instructions are sent by PGS, and cancellations will result in a credit. For more information on PGS policies regarding administrative matters and complaint resolution, please contact our offices at (440) 853-1038.

Who Should Attend

Utility analysts, utility employees involved in customer service, sales, or marketing, Utility commission employees, industrial customers, commercial customers, Energy producers, utilities, electric generators, and marketers; energy and electric power executives; traders; marketing, sales, purchasing & risk management personnel; accountants; trading support staff; auditors; attorneys; government regulators; plant operators; engineers and corporate planners.

Prerequisites and Advance Preparation

Participants in this course should first complete Gas and Electric Utility Rate Fundamentals (UJS-205) 

Why Choose PGS?

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