AGA Advanced Rates School Fall 2019

2019 AGA Advanced Rates and Regulatory Issues Course



This course has been added due to interest from the industry. CBR will determine if there is sufficient registration by September 6, 2019. If sufficient registration does not occur by that date, the course will be cancelled and all registrants will receive a full refund of registration fee.

Fall 2019 AGA Advanced Rates and Regulatory Issues Course Brochure

The American Gas Association presents this 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 Discovery Partners Institute.

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 $1450.  The fee for non-members is $1750.

Registration fees include:

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

Important Dates

September 6, 2019 No cancellations accepted after this date. *
October 4, 2019 Online registration closes at 5pm CT.
October 7, 2019 Conference begins

*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: Discovery Partners Institute

The training is held at the Discovery Partners Institute located at 200 South Wacker Drive, Fourth Floor. DPI is located on the banks of the Chicago River directly west of Willis Tower (Directions) The dress code is business causal.


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 several global brand business hotels within walking distance. Please check with your preferred hotel for location and rates.

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.

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)