AGA Advanced Rates School 2015

2015 AGA Advanced Rates and Regulatory Issues Course

June 1-4, 2015
Gleacher Center, University of Chicago
Chicago, Illinois

2015 AGA Advanced Rates and Regulatory Issues Course Brochure

The American Gas Association presents this three and one-half day program focusing on complex pricing and policy issues in a changing natural gas regulatory landscape. This course addresses advanced rate design and regulatory topics related to utility infrastructure, energy efficiency, cost recovery, and alternatives to traditional cost of service ratemaking.  Strategic management of a gas distribution utility’s rate case is the ultimate goal of the course.

Taught by recognized experts in the field, this program uses guided experiential learning techniques to present the material. The program is sponsored by the Center for Business and Regulation in the College of Business and Management at the University of Illinois Springfield. The course is held at the University of Chicago’s Gleacher Center.

As in past years the Advanced Rates and Regulatory Issues Course is all electronic. All participants should bring a laptop or other device for reading electronic documents. The Center will make the material available electronically to all attendees.

Course Objectives

The objectives of this program are to further the rate design knowledge and skills developed in the 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, 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 open to professional staff of firms in the natural gas industry.  Enrollment is limited to 30 participants to ensure ample opportunity to participate actively in all sessions.

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

Registration Information

ALL employees of AGA member companies, including Canadian and international members, pipeline members, and associate members, receive the member company discounted price of $1350.  The fee for non-members is $1620.

Attendees may register on-line or via fax or mail by filling out the registration form.

Registration fees include:

  • Tuition
  • Course Materials
  • Daily continental breakfast and lunch
  • Welcome Reception

The deadline for registration by mail or fax is May 29, 2015. On-line registration will close on May 31, 2015. Cancellations will be accepted until May 1, 2015 with full refund when requested in writing. After May 1, 2015 refunds are subject to a $100 processing fee. No cancellations may be made after May 15, 2015. Substitutes are allowed at any time by contacting CBR at If the program is not held for any reason, CBR’s liability is limited to a refund of the program fee.

Conference Location: Gleacher Center, University of Chicago

The training is held at the University of Chicago’s Gleacher Center located at 450 North City Front Plaza Drive just north of the Chicago River and east of North Michigan Avenue on Chicago’s Magnificent Mile. (Directions) The dress code is business causal. Dining: Walking distance: Restaurants on North Michigan Avenue and Near North Cab: Chicago’s restaurant row.


Attendees are responsible for their own accommodations and must make their own reservations. There is no preferred hotel for this conference and we do not have conference rates at any hotel. There are many name brand business hotels within walking distance to the Gleacher Center. Here is a list of hotels within one mile of the Gleacher Center.

Course Material

Instructions and password to access the course material will be sent to registered participants via email one week prior to the event. Please contact Carl Peterson at with any questions.

Course Evaluation

Course evaluations will be available during the course.

Continuing Education

This course is expected to qualify for continuing (non-legal)  professional educations credits.

For additional information please contact Karl McDermott at 217-621-9991 or send an email to

Center for Business and Regulation
College of Business and Management
University of Illinois Springfield
One University Plaza MS UHB 4000
Springfield, IL 62703-5407 USA
217.206.7909 (p) 217.206.7543 (f)