MCR

Insights

You must be logged in to download these resources. Please log in or register.

Coal Ash Disposal – The Topic Many Electric Utilities Need to Address (webinar)

Are the decommissioning and ash pond closure activities for shuttered coal plants causing management distractions and cost overruns? If so, Environmental Liability Risk Transfer (Risk Transfer) can provide a fixed cost solution to transfer the obligations and risk of decommissioning activities to a third party. Additionally Risk Transfer can create a viable redevelopment plan for the site, thereby creating goodwill with the community, ratepayers and regulators.

Join MCR Performance Solutions and Forsite Development Inc. for a free webinar discussing the benefits of Risk Transfer. We will discuss a number of aspects of this process, including:

  • General structure of environmental risk transfer
  • Indemnity from future liabilities
  • Environmental insurance options for utilities
  • Redevelopment opportunities

We will also take real-time questions from the audience. We hope you’ll join us!

August 15, 2017
12:00pm (Central time)

REGISTER HERE

About Cindy Menhorn, MCR Performance Solutions
Cindy is a Vice President of Regulatory Services at MCR. She has over 30 years of experience in rates, energy efficiency, load research, revenue forecasting, cost allocation and regulatory affairs, including work on over 80 rate cases and testimony before numerous state commissions. She has directed a multifunctional rate department, managing all aspects of electric rate case development, including development of revenue requirements, cost of service studies, revenue allocation and rate design, rate case strategy, testimony development and interrogatory response development.

MCR is a management consulting firm specializing in the electric, natural gas and water utility industries. MCR helps clients achieve superior performance through innovative and effective solutions in their strategies, operations, processes, finances, forecasting, organizational designs, economics, testimony, and business cases. Our practices include Regulatory Services, Energy Efficiency, Transmission Strategy, Nuclear Generation, Financial Advisory and Utility Transformation Services. For more information, please visit www.mcr-group.com.

About Tom McKittrick, Forsite Development
Tom is the President / founder of Forsite Development, Inc. and manages all aspects of the company’s operations. Tom started Forsite in December 2004 with the idea that there was a significant supply of vacant corporate surplus industrial facilities throughout the Southeast that could be acquired aggressively and then repositioned.

Forsite Development has redeveloped 7 million square feet of facilities on 3,000+ acres in North Carolina and South Carolina, and created or preserved more than 1,000 jobs. Forsite has performed Risk Transfer transactions on a variety of sites including: coal fired power plants, chemical plants, and metal plating facilities, among others. Forsite was recently chosen to demolish and redevelop two Consumers Energy coal plants in Michigan. For more information, please visit www.forsiteinc.com.

 

MCR Regulatory Services (brochure)

MCR provides solutions to complex regulatory issues in the face of evolving regulatory structures and increasingly complex markets. Our clients include electric utilities, natural gas local distribution companies, pipelines, electric generation and transmission cooperatives and members, and water utilities. We work with these clients to develop comprehensive regulatory strategies and execute those strategies through a wide variety of approaches, including legislative initiatives, rate cases, collaborative workshops, and regulatory filings.

Download our Regulatory Services brochure to learn more about the services that add value to our clients

Tariff Review: May the Force be with You (presentation)

MCR works jointly with clients to perform a complete and exhaustive review of each rate schedule. At the end of this review, we provide our clients with a report that includes an analysis of each rate schedule with findings, professional insights and recommendations for improvement.

MCR and its team of experts have performed these types of reviews for decades. We believe any utility company with a tariff should consider this review: electric, natural gas and water IOUs; municipals and cooperatives; companies in the midst of merging with or acquiring new entities; and companies with distribution tariffs, supplier tariffs or bundled tariffs.

For more information about tariff reviews, check out the presentation given by MCR and TECO at the 2016 spring meeting of the EEI Rates and Regulatory Affairs Committee.

Click here for downloadable PDF

MCR Energy Efficiency Expert to Speak at Water Finance Conference (press release)

Download printer friendly version

DEERFIELD, IL, August 27, 2015: MCR Performance Solutions, LLC, a leading management consulting firm serving electric, natural gas and water utilities, will be speaking at the Water Finance Conference on September 1-2 in Cleveland, Ohio. The conference is first of its kind for the water and wastewater industry and will focus on the balance between funding infrastructure with maintaining affordability for ratepayers.

Tom Crooks, Vice President of MCR’s Energy Efficiency practice, will provide insights during the Private Financing/Private Capital Investment for Public Utilities panel on Wednesday, September 2 at 10:15 am. Tom developed and tested prototype energy efficiency programs for water and wastewater agencies, drafted major portions of the California’s Water – Energy Relationship Report and developed research program roadmaps for the commercial, industrial, water and agriculture sectors. He has planned, implemented and evaluated energy efficiency programs for utilities in 25 states.

“In this panel session, I will discuss how water system improvement electric load reductions can be created and monetized to significantly offset infrastructure costs” Tom said in anticipation of participating in the upcoming conference.

About MCR’s Energy Efficiency Practice

MCR’s Energy Efficiency practice assists clients in developing policy and providing regulatory support, program and project planning and implementation. MCR’s expertise includes developing models that forecast technical, economic and achievable efficiency gain potential across diverse geographies and climates. Additional areas of expertise include efficiency strategy and rate impact; load forecasting and research; performance measurement and process improvement. We assist our clients to evaluate, diagnose and implement systemic improvement and provide associated regulatory support.

About MCR Performance Solutions, LLC

MCR is a management consulting firm specializing in the electric, natural gas and water utility industries. MCR helps clients achieve superior performance through innovative and effective solutions in their strategies, operations, processes, finances, forecasting, organizational designs, economics, testimony, and business cases. Our practices include Regulatory Services, Energy Efficiency, Transmission Strategy, Nuclear Generation, Financial Advisory and Utility Transformation Services. For more information, please visit www.mcr-group.com.

_____________________________

Media contact

Nilsa Sweetser
nsweetser@mcr-group.com
847-562-0066

Distributed Generation’s Time is Coming. Is Your Regulatory Strategy Ready? (white paper)

For the past two decades (at least), distributed generation (DG) supporters (or perhaps better put, evangelists) have predicted that the dramatic rise of DG, and conversely the dramatic fall of utilities as we know them, was just around the corner. All that was needed was an additional tax credit (or two) to get the ball rolling towards the economies of scale that would drive costs down and drive demand up. But little happened – until now.

Download the distributed generation white paper

Ratemaking Approaches for a Slow-growth Environment (white paper)

The traditional electric utility business model successfully served customers, regulators and shareholders for well over 100 years. The model was simple. An increase in sales corresponded to customer growth and an upward trend in use per customer. Utilities responded by investing in more utility plant and supporting infrastructure, then filed rate cases on the new level of rate base. Revised rates provided new revenue and cash flow, which helped earnings grow. As long as sales continued to grow, the business model worked beautifully. Yes, as long as sales continued to grow …

Download the ratemaking approaches white paper

Advances in Alternative Ratemaking. The Georgia Rate Adjustment Mechanism. (white paper)

A new alternative form of rate regulation has been implemented in Georgia that has implications for emerging national trends for alternative ratemaking. The Georgia Rate Adjustment Mechanism (known better as “GRAM”) was approved at the end of 2011 by the Georgia Public Service Commission for Atmos Energy’s two natural gas distribution service territories within the state. Alternatives to traditional ratemaking procedures have been gaining popularity across the nation and GRAM builds on the successes in other jurisdictions. GRAM combines some of the best features of such recent regulatory alternatives, while preserving and refining processes based on traditional ratemaking principles.

Download the alternative ratemaking white paper

A Call for Natural Gas Rate Reform. Why Revenue Decoupling May Not Provide Comprehensive Regulatory Solutions (white paper)

The question today is whether the prevailing ratemaking methodologies for natural gas distribution companies are obsolete. Unfortunately, the industry is perpetuating practices and traditions long after the underlying rationale has disappeared.

Download natural gas rate reform white paper

Becoming a More Effective Witness Course (brochure)

MCR provides services to enhance our clients’ abilities to present and advocate their positions in regulatory proceedings. MCR educators pull from their own experiences presenting and supporting expert testimony on behalf of clients before numerous state regulatory bodies and FERC. Additionally, MCR conducts seminars, workshops and mock trial training exercises to enhance the effectiveness of rate departments and in-house fact, policy and expert witnesses.

Our program, “Becoming a More Effective Witness,” provides a comprehensive approach to developing and refining communication skills. It combines classroom instruction, workshop activities and mock hearing experiences. The class addresses the theory, application and practice of effective witness skills and techniques. It also provides practical guidance to prepare and present every phase of testimony. “Becoming a More Effective Witness” focuses on the unique challenges of presenting testimony before a regulatory body.

Download the witness effectiveness course brochure

Contemporary Ratemaking Course (brochure)

A number of MCR’s clients have expressed a need for a comprehensive ratemaking course for their internal regulatory teams. While there are certainly a number of existing alternative rate classes to choose from, they don’t always fit a utility’s needs because they:

  • Lack a utility focus
  • Include consumer advocates and commission staffs as participants and presenters
  • Tend to be rather expensive, especially when travel costs are considered
  • Use a one-size-fits-all approach that is not well suited to a specific utility’s needs

MCR’s “Contemporary Ratemaking” training course addresses the issues mentioned above and helps our clients increase their staff’s understanding of the regulatory process and enhance their skills in becoming better cost of service and rate design professionals.

The course is customized to meet our client’s specific needs, including those from rates, legal, accounting and operations. Some of the participants are relatively new to rates and regulation and others are more experienced. To meet the needs of both, the course is held over multiple days and is designed to cover the fundamentals, advanced ratemaking and hot topics.

Download the contemporary ratemaking course brochure