September 12, 2015 Newsletter

3 Free September Webinars Will Support Your Low-Income Programs’ Leveraging Initiatives and Introduce New Potential Partners


* Resources and Partnerships for Weatherizing Affordable Multifamily Housing

September 21 at 3:30-4:30
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* 2-Part Series on Specific Skills for Winning Fair Utility Rates

Part 1: Understanding Utility Rate-Making Principles for Low-Income Advocates 2.0.

September 16th, 2015 at 4 – 5PM EDT.
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Part 2: Fair Alternatives for Covering Utilities’ Costs of Clean Energy & Efficiency [Protect small consumers, encourage efficiency and renewables and keep utilities in business.]

Tuesday September 29th, 2015 at 3:30 - 4:45 PM EDT.
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Webinar Details:

Building Energy Efficiency Resources and Partnerships for Weatherizing Affordable Multifamily Housing

Monday, September 21, 2015 at 3:30pm – 4:30pm EST
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This interactive webinar is designed for state and local Weatherization leaders and their advocates at utility commissions and legislatures. It will present the results of the Weatherization Leveraged Partnerships Project investigation of opportunities for leveraging resources for multifamily building projects and solicit participant questions and ideas. It will cover:

  • The potential and reality of WAP work on multifamily projects,
  • Key actors with resources and an interest in efficient affordable housing as well as tools to identify them,
  • Changing federal policies that may free up credit, and
  • Emerging trends and demonstrations that may mean new funding and partnerships.

Presenter: EOS Project Coordinator, Madiana Mustapha.

2-Part Series of Webinars on Specific Skills for Winning Fair Utility Rates

Why These Skills are Important Now: Most states’ regulators have seen a flood of utility requests for higher rates in general and for much higher fixed or customer charges in particular. To understand the arguments utilities are making about their need to raise rates and charges, the Weatherization Leveraged Partnerships Project at EOS is providing a series of three seminars to equip advocates for low-income consumers and low-income programs to ward off high mandatory charges and protect efficiency programs that serve low-income communities. You can see the recorded introductory webinar [May, 2015] on-line here.

Who should attend? Leaders of organizations that advocate for or manage affordable utility bills and/or for low-income efficiency or clean energy programs funded by utility ratepayers and the advocates who will have to present the case and win support for those organizations’ goals.

Webinar on September 16th:
Part 1: Utility Rate-Making Principles for Low-Income Advocates 2.0:
[A Deeper Dive]

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  • How to understand and engage in these elements of a rate case:
    • Rate Base (RB),
    • Rate of Return (ROR),
    • Required Operating   Income,
    • Revenue Requirement and Rate Design including the    
    • Cost of Service Study on which the rate design is founded and
  • What national consumer advocates are doing to win regulatory decisions that are both fair and evidence–based and
  • How Weatherizers, Community Action and other low-income advocates can lead or assist in their efforts.
  • Presenters: John T. Colgan [EOS’ regulatory and fixed charge expert]. John is a former five-year Commissioner at the Illinois Commerce Commission – the public utility commission in Illinois and also served as Vice-President for Public Policy at the Illinois Assoc. of Community Action for more than a decade.

John B. Coffman who is a nationally recognized utility consumer attorney and Utility Counsel of the Missouri Consumers’ Council. He has represented AARP in utility proceedings in more than dozen states. He is the former director of the MO. Office of the Public Counsel and teaches energy utility law at Washington University in St. Louis.

Webinar on September 29:
Part 2: Fair Alternatives for Covering Utilities’ Costs of Clean Energy and Efficiency

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The utility of the future will be asked to deliver energy services that include clean energy and efficiency. Consumer advocates and environmental groups reject flat charges as the mechanism to recoup true costs to the distribution company.

This webinar will discuss several alternative policies that low-income advocates will have to consider when faced with industry rate requests and suggest approaches that may be adapted to your state’s utility system. It will offer the key general arguments in favor of or against each. These will include but not be limited to:

  • “Decoupling “ revenues from the quantity of energy delivered, including modified versions of the approach that include low-income protections,
  • High flat or time-based charges for owners of renewable energy,
  • A variety of time-of-use rate variations and, of course,
  • Changes in the fixed customer charge for every user.

Presenter: John T. Colgan [see above] with guest expert TBD.

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