Advanced Gas Rate and Regulatory Issues Course 



Chicago, Illinois


Advanced Gas Rates and Regulatory Issues Course

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.

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

Dr. Karl McDermott, former commissioner with the Illinois Commerce Commission and currently the Ameren Distinguished Professor of Business and Government at the University of Illinois-Springfield, leads the program on behalf of AGA.

Course Objective
The objectives of this program are to further the rate design knowledge and skills developed in AGA’s Gas Rate Fundamentals Course, and to learn how business strategies, communications, and regulatory relations intertwine and impact a gas distribution utility’s ratemaking and regulatory policies.

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
  •  Cost of Capital Estimation
  • Prudence Reviews
  • 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

The course is conducted at the Gleacher Center, the Executive Conference Center of the University of Chicago, just off North Michigan Avenue on Chicago’s Magnificent Mile.  The Gleacher Center’s wireless-enabled classrooms are equipped with electric outlets at each desk, and the high-tech audio-visual system supports multiple media presentations and electronic note-taking.

Course Format – All Electronic

  • Advance Course Materials
    All registrants will be emailed advance course materials one week before the program begins.
  • Additional Course Materials Delivered on Flash Drive
    External flash drives with all class presentations and work materials, speaker bios, and Chicago environs information will be distributed upon arrival.  Participants will access and utilize these electronic files on their laptop computers.
  • Computer Requirements
    The course is paperless, therefore, all participants MUST bring a personal, Wi-Fi-enabled laptop computer to each day of the course.  Tablet devices that do not have a USB port, such as iPads, are not appropriate.
  • Wi-Fi Connectivity
    Electronic communication from the Gleacher Center is state of the art.  Each morning, participants receive that day’s password for free access to the Center’s guest Wi-Fi system.  Once connected, participants are able to share course documents with other attendees, reach the Internet, and perform the communication functions expected from any internet hot spot.

Who Should Attend
This program is offered to professional staff of firms in the natural gas industry. This course is NOT open to regulators and those outside the utility industry.  Enrollment is limited to 50 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.

Students and faculty have a choice of nearby hotels for accommodation; however, there is no specific conference hotel and there are no AGA negotiated discounts for hotel accommodations.  Participants are responsible for making their own hotel reservations. (Click here for a list of hotels.)

Continuing Education for Attorneys and Accountants
Continuing Professional Education (CPE) credits are available for attendance at this AGA event.  The seminar is designed for utility industry professionals. No advanced preparation is required nor are there any prerequisites.  Instructional method is group-live. 

  • Attorneys
    AGA will assist attorneys attending the meeting in obtaining Continuing Legal Education (CLE) credits individually; however, AGA will NOT seek CLE credit as a sponsor of this event.  Each state determines the amount of CLE credit to be awarded to this program.
  • Accountants
    In accordance with the standards of the National Registry of CPE Sponsors, CPE credits are granted based on a 50-minute hour.  Based on the preliminary agenda, 21 hours of CPE credits will be available to participants attending the Advanced Rate and Regulatory Issues Course.

All employees of AGA member companies, including Canadian and international members, pipeline members, and associate members, receive the member company discounted price of $1150.  Non-members pay the full fee of $1400.

More Course Information
On-line registration for this program opens January 15, 2013 on the website of the Center for Business and Regulation at the University of Illinois-Springfield.  At that time, please visit the AGA Advanced Rate and Regulatory Issues Course website to register and for more course information.

Contact Information
American Gas Association:  Kyle Rogers at 202-824-7218 or

University of Illinois-Springfield: Karl McDermott at (217) 621-9991 or

The American Gas Association is registered with the National Association of State Boards of Accountancy (NASBA) as a sponsor of continuing professional education on the National Registry of CPE Sponsors. State boards of accountancy have final authority on the acceptance of individual courses for CPE credit. Complaints regarding registered sponsors may be addressed to the National Registry of CPE Sponsors, 150 Fourth Avenue North, Suite 700, Nashville, TN, 37219-2417.  Web site:  NASBA SPONSOR NUMBER: 103032

Complaint Resolution Policy: All efforts will be made to handle any complaints by attendees expeditiously and to the satisfaction of the attendees. Complaints may be addressed to Joseph Martin, telephone (202) 824-7255, e-mail



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