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Understanding & Profiting from Electricity Tariffs - Online Seminar

Understanding & Profiting from Electricity Tariffs - Online Seminar
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Price: $495.00
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NOTE: Seminar fees listed are per person for a single audio and video connection for individual use, and may not be shared with other users. All participants must individually pre-register for the desired course in order to participate. If you would like pricing information on multiple registrations for the same seminar, please contact: Terese Lavallee, phone 770-925-9633, email:

Presented online in a series of two live two-hour time modules, this seminar is designed to help participants understand utility electricity tariffs, concepts, and terminology. Engineers, facility managers, building owners, and their consultants will learn how to convert tariff lingo into opportunities for cutting costs under regulated rates.

AIA Learning Units Eligible


This course has been approved by AIA for continuing education credits. The AIA requires that its registered architect members earn 18 Learning Unit (LU) hours of continuing education credit annually (eight hours of which must be related to Health, Safety, and Welfare topics and four of those eight in Sustainable Design) to remain in good standing. Architectural boards in 40 states, 10 Canadian Provinces, and 19 countries have implemented mandatory continuing education (MCE) for re-licensure.

The Association of Energy Engineers is an approved training provider within the American Institute of Architects (AIA) Continuing Education Systems (CES) Registered Provider program.

You can participate in the seminar from your office, home, or anywhere you have access to the internet and a phone or VOIP. You'll have opportunities to interact with your instructor and colleagues in real time during the three live teleconferencing sessions.

About the Seminar

This course earns .4 CEUs, 4 PDHs and .8 AEE Credits toward Re-certification.

Speaking from over three decades of experience as an energy manager, consultant, and representative in regulatory proceedings, your course instructor will review specific strategies you can use to effectively minimize regulated energy pricing. You'll gain an understanding of how utilities develop their pricing, and how it is impacted by wholesale energy markets, regardless of whether a utility has been deregulated or not. To help translate tariff language, a process for converting it into plain English and equations is offered to course participants.

The instructor will dissect typical electric bills for medium-to-large facilities, and show how each part is charged to the end user. Real-life examples reveal ways to minimize overall cost through financial/operational means as well as equipment upgrades, and how to avoid potential pitfalls. Dynamic pricing options enabled by 'smart' metering are also addressed, along with ways to benefit from them. Sophisticated tariff options (e.g., feed-in tariffs, cogeneration, two-part realtime pricing) are also covered.

Dates and Times

The following offering(s) of the Understanding & Profiting from Electricity Tariffs Online Seminar are currently scheduled. The program consists of two 2-hour teleconferencing sessions, for a total of 4 hours of instruction.

Beginning on Dates to be Decided  with session dates and times as follows:

Course Module
Times (Eastern time US)
Day 1
11:00 am - 1:00 pm
Day 2
11:00 am - 1:00 pm

Completion of both modules is required to receive CEU and PDH Credit, and Course Certificate awarded by AEE.



Seminar Agenda

The Understanding & Profiting from Electricity Tariffs Online Seminar will be presented in two 2-hour teleconferencing modules, covering the following topics:

MODULE 1: 2 hours

The Basics - Part One
• Why do I need to know this stuff?
• Utilities as regulated energy monopolies
• Types of utilities: IOU, co-op, muni, authorities/administrations
• How electricity is generated and delivered
• Public utility commissions and tariffs
• What tariffs do - and do not - show (e.g., line loss, FAC, taxes)
• Separating supply from delivery (where dereg comes in)
• Wholesale markets 101
• Overview of regulatory process and lingo
• Translating the legalese
• How utility costs are distributed among customer classes

The Basics - Part Two
• A typical electric tariff, piece by piece
• How peak demand is determined
• How usage patterns impact cost
• Dynamic pricing and "smart" meters
• Dissecting base and distribution charges
• Paying for extra services (e.g., power quality/reliability)
• Separating supply from delivery
• Electricity distribution rate options

MODULE 2: 2 hours

Making Tariffs Work for You - Simple Options
• Typical tariff/tax options
• Determining if you're eligible
• Operational/equipment options to cut costs
• Financial methods to control costs
• Interruptible service choices
• Metering/billing options (isolate, segregate, aggregate, sub- bill)
• Transferring costs to others (and changing your own rate)
• Billing/payment options to request/deploy (EDI, EFT)
• Deciding if switching is right for you

Making Tariffs Work for You - Pushing the Envelope
• Experimental/special rates
• Transmission/pipeline bypass
• Playing hardball: threats that sometimes work
• De facto dereg with on-site energy
• Some of my best tricks
• Petitioning for an exception
• Muscling into rate proceedings
• Finding/using rate consultants
• A typical consultant deal - and making it better
• Securing a professional rate review

Your Realtime Program Instructor

LINDSAY AUDIN, C.E.M., C.E.P., LEED-AP, is president of Energywiz, Inc., an energy consulting firm. His 35 years of experience in the energy services industry include 8 years as energy manager for Columbia University and 12 years with private engineering and energy consulting firms in New York City, prior to founding Energywiz in 1996. He holds certifications in energy management, procurement, and is a LEED Accredited Professional. Audin has been named Energy Manager of the Year by Energy User News and the Association of Professional Energy Managers, International Energy Manager of the Year by AEE, and is a member of AEE's Energy Manager's Hall of Fame. In 1992, he founded the New York Energy Buyers Forum, a non-profit organization of large energy users. His articles have appeared in trade publications including Architectural Record, Engineered Systems, and Building Operating Management, where he has been a contributing editor since 2002, and he is a requested speaker at many national events.

Course Materials and Advance Preparations

The seminar fee covers registration for both two-hour program modules, seminar workbook (downloadable PDF format), course certificate, and webinar connection services. Does not include tollfree number. Attendees participating from outside of North America should use VOIP in order to avoid additional audio fees. Payment in full must be received prior to the start date of the seminar.

You will receive instructions, personal support, and a chance to test your teleconferencing connection in advance of the first session.

Enrollment in this realtime online seminar will be limited to 40 participants to ensure that each student has ample opportunity for interaction with instructors and other participants.