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Apr 09, 2017 to Apr 12, 2017
| Phoenix, AZ
May 02, 2017 to May 05, 2017
| Orlando, FL
May 21, 2017 to May 23, 2017
| Orlando, FL

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Line Dividing Regulation and Management

Utility performance, investment versus dividends, rate of return incentives

Phil Cross

Generally speaking, regulatory commissions and courts are not anxious to substitute their judgement for that of utility management. A recent example where state regulators found it prudent to gingerly cross the line can be seen in a recent case involving Indianapolis Power and Light Company.

Tax Implications of NEM Successor Policies

Federal income tax treatment has nothing to do with pricing sale of electricity to utility or customer.

Alex Zakupowsky

Advocates for net metering argue that if the electricity delivered by the customer to the utility is credited at the full retail rate, the amount is not taxable, but if credited at less than the full retail rate, such as under a feed-in tariff or a value of solar tariff, the IRS might count the credited amount as taxable income. A tax expert fills us in on the other side of the story.

Illinois Approach to Regulating Distribution Utility of the Future

Annual formula rate is working to stabilize distribution ratemaking.

Ross Hemphill and Val Jensen

A lot has been said of alternative ratemaking approaches. The clearest, most direct path is what has been happening in Illinois, a success by any reasonable measure for a distribution utility.

The British Electricity Model: 25 Years of Experience

Should We Follow U.K.’s Lead?

Leonard Hyman and William Tilles

British price cap regulation quickly became the international gold standard for regulation. It looked so simple. But if the purpose was to provide a dramatically different and less expensive electricity experience, it failed.

Aggregation 2.0: Evolution of Customer Engagement with Retail Choice?

An innovative approach to targeted retail aggregation.

Michael Strong and Mark Pruitt

No state has had the same initial success with municipal aggregation as Illinois, where more than 650 local governments enrolled 70 percent of residential consumers into municipal aggregation contracts. The pathway forward in Illinois provides a model to help get programs off the ground in all retail choice states.

Demand Response: Getting the Prices Right

The rule works in the direction of more regulation to hamper innovation and counteracts incentives the rule creates.

William Hogan

FERC made a mistake in Order 745 and should change the pricing rule.

Action by Choice

Time-varying rates is an effective way to satisfy customer demands.

Chris King & Bonnie Datta

In the 21st century economy pivoted on customer choice, opt-in is the path to tread in the provision of time varying rates to electricity customers.

Getting Past Net Metering

A forward-looking solution to rate reform, for when solar costs hit bottom.

John Sterling

Why keep rate design shackled to the ways of the past, especially at the dawn of a solar revolution?

There and Back Again

Why a residential demand rate developed 40 years ago is increasingly relevant today.

Leland Snook and Meghan Grabel

Why not design a rate that allocates the higher system cost to customers based on their actual energy demand?

Bidding to Win: The Economics of Renewable RFPs

How project developers form their bidding strategies – and what it means for prices and the industry.

Greer Mackebee, Justin Bowersock, and James Stack

Want to find out what utilities seek when collecting bids for wind and solar projects? Read on.

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