AGA Advanced Gas Rate and Regulatory Issues Course 



Chicago, Illinois


The American Gas Association is pleased to resume offering its, “Advanced Gas Rate and Regulatory Issues Course,” after a 15-year hiatus.  Karl McDermott, former commissioner with the Illinois Commerce Commission and Ameren Distinguished Professor of Business and Government at the University of Illinois, leads the course for AGA.

This intensive, 2 ½ day program focuses on complex pricing policy issues affecting a changing natural gas regulatory landscape.  Advanced rate design and regulatory topics related to utility infrastructure, energy efficiency, cost recovery, and alternatives to traditional cost of service ratemaking will be covered in depth. Strategic management of a gas distribution utility's rate case is the ultimate goal of the course.

Course Objectives

The objectives of this program are to further the rate design knowledge and skills developed in AGA's introductory rates course, and to learn how business strategies, communications, and regulatory relations intertwine and impact a gas distribution utility's ratemaking and regulatory policies.

Expert utility instructors and industry leaders in legal, accounting, regulatory, and ratemaking matters teach the individual sessions of the course.  The sessions will emphasize interactive participation, the use of real-world case studies, and role playing techniques to maximize participants' learning experience.

 The format includes instruction from speakers with first-hand, practical experience in:

  • Effective Rate Case Management
  • Advanced Cost of Service Techniques
  • Contemporary Rate Design and Pricing Concepts
  • Current Issues in Cost of Capital
  • Managing Utility Business and Regulatory Risks
  • Balancing the Utility's Regulatory Compact
  • Rate Case Communications with Utility Stakeholders
  • Best Practices in Managing the Discovery Process

Who Should Attend?

This program is offered to professional staff of firms in the natural gas industry.  Enrollment is limited to 70 participants to ensure there is ample opportunity to participate actively in the individual sessions. 

Although the introductory course is not a prerequisite for this program, participants should be experienced or knowledgeable in basic rate design concepts in a regulated network industry.

This course is expected to qualify for continuing professional educations credits for accountants and lawyers.

Location and Accomodations

This course is conducted at the Gleacher Center just off North Michigan Avenue.  Many name brand business hotels are within walking distance of the Gleacher Center, and attendees are welcome to choose among them. 

More Course Information

Please visit the Advanced Gas Rate and Regulatory Issues Course website at the University of Illinois for in depth program information.

Contact Information

American Gas Association: Cynthia Marple, Phone: (202) 824-7228,

University of Illinois: Dr. Karl McDermott, Phone: (217) 621-9991,


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