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Fundamentals of Electric & Gas Utility Rates--A 1/2 Day Online Seminar

On-Demand Recorded Seminar plus Live Q&A - Available March 27th (72 hour access)

How This Online Seminar Works

As a professional in the utility industry, you know that reducing costs and improving profitability are always a challenge, but the answer is not always a simple one. The relationship between utility rates and utility profits doesn't have to be confusing. This seminar covers this complex subject in a clear, accessible way so that you can begin immediately applying what you've learned.

Master the basics of ratemaking and learn the financial and accounting differences between regulated and unregulated businesses with this comprehensive course. An essential for anyone new to the utility industry, this seminar is also a great refresher for seasoned utility professionals.

This proven online seminar features the same material used in the popular PGS in-person classroom training program. Register today and join the over 10,000 energy professionals who have already benefited from an in-depth PGS seminar.

What You Will Learn

  1. Plain English explanations of rate and regulatory topics
  2. The differences between various rate case procedures
  3. The financial drivers for regulated utilities and how they differ from those of unregulated businesses
  4. Methods to improve profitability within utilities
  5. How pricing structures are designed within rate proceedings

What You Will Also Learn

  1. Plain English explanations of electric and natural gas rate tariffs and terminology
  2. How to calculate electric bills using many different rates. This should improve the customer's bottom line by knowing the actual costs under a particular rate schedule.
  3. The difference between gas rate structures and electric rate structures.
  4. Methods to improve profitability within utilities
  5. Items that may be negotiable with your electric or gas utility. This may help reduce your overall electric and gas costs.

Who Should Attend this Seminar

This seminar will benefit a wide variety of organizations in the electric power, natural gas, financial and energy industries. Professionals from banks, energy producers, electric & gas utilities, energy marketers, industrial companies, electric generators, and municipals will gain valuable insights, as will natural gas, oil and electric power executives, traders, marketers, (sales, purchasing & risk management professionals), accountants, economists, trading support staff, auditors, attorneys, government regulators, rate specialists, plant operators, engineers and corporate planners.

Prerequisites and Advance Preparation

This fundamental level seminar has no prerequisites. No advance preparation is required before the seminar.

Why Choose PGS?

PGS seminars are known for their clear explanations and in-depth content. Register for a PGS class today, and join the over 10,000 energy professionals who have already attended one of PGS's proven programs.


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.

Seminar Price

$295 for the first attendee, $195 for the second attendee, and $95 for each attendee thereafter
for either the live or on-demand version of this seminar.

Payment and Cancellations

Payment is required prior to seminaaccess. Payment can be made by Visa, Master Card, American Express, or corporate check. Seminar purchases will be charged to your credit card at the time of registration unless other arrangements have been made.

Cancellations for these online seminar series can be made before seminar access instructions are sent by PGS and 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.
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