Electric Quarterly Report Training Conference
December 12-13, 2019 in Las Vegas, NV
December 12-13, 2019 in Las Vegas, NV
Energy Compliance Consulting will be holding a FERC Electric Quarterly Report training conference on December 12-13, 2019, at the Embassy Suites Convention Center Las Vegas. The training will be focused on compliance with the all of FERC’s EQR requirements. Attendees will receive a comprehensive manual that pulls together all of the current EQR requirements and walks the user through the filing process. The manual is very detailed, and is continually updated to keep pace with regulatory changes and evolving guidance from FERC. This training can introduce new filers to the EQR and will help current filers to learn more about the data requirements to ensure compliance with FERC’s rules. In addition to the EQR-specific training, there will be an optional Introduction to FERC session on Thursday morning, December 12th.
Barbara Bourque, the leading expert on EQRs, will lead all of the sessions. Barb led the development and implementation the original EQR software at FERC, and managed the Commission’s EQR program for several years before joining the private sector. She has trained over 900 EQR filers from more than 400 utilities, and performed dozens of EQR audits – ordered by FERC (as a result of a FERC audit) or utility-initiated reviews.
The training will include a brief discussion of the history and reasons for the EQR, and work through the entire EQR preparation, review and submission process, including uploading data using FERC’s web portal (Barb will also demonstrate uploading EQRs using eFileEQR, the software marketed by Systrends.), dealing with error messages, and ensuring that filings are complete and correct. The training will address not only the mechanics, but also include a detailed discussion of what needs to be included in the EQR to ensure that your utility’s data complies with all of FERC’s requirements. In addition, Barb will share trouble-shooting tips and filing and review strategies. Participants can submit questions prior to the conference or ask them during the sessions. The conference will include the following sessions:
- Thursday 12/12/19, 9 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.: Introduction to FERC. This optional session is great for employees new to FERC, and also good for filers who want to know more about the agency. The class will provide an overview of the FERC, including information about its offices and functions; information about FERC’s enforcement policies and civil penalties; a review of FERC’s website, including an introduction to eLibrary and the EQR site; and an overview of FERC tariffs, rate schedules, and service agreements, including eTariff. This background may help attendees who have little experience with FERC regulations get more out of the EQR training. (Includes lunch)
- Thursday 12/12/19, 1 – 5 p.m.: Introduction/Overview of the EQR, ID and Contract Data. This session will start with general information about the EQR, how the data are used, and some high-level concepts useful for filing. The Contract data discussion will take a detailed look at each Contract data element to help filers understand what is required for a variety of contract types – including master agreements, PPAs, retail supply (POLR), transmission, and interconnection agreements. (Includes break snacks)
- Friday, 12/13/19, 8:30 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.: Transactions and everything else EQR. This includes Capacity Reassignments; Transaction Data; Index Price Reporting Data; compiling, formatting, and uploading data files; reviewing data; accessing data on FERC’s web site; billing adjustments; and FERC audits. (Includes lunch and break snacks)
The conference will be held at the Embassy Suites Convention Center Las Vegas. A block of guest rooms has been reserved from 12/11/19 – 12/14/19 for the conference at the special rate of $127.00 per night (plus tax) for a single or double room, and there is no resort fee. (The dates are extended on either end in case people want to extend their stays, so make sure when you book, you choose the date range for only those nights you intend to stay there.) The hotel has a free cooked-to-order breakfast daily (and let’s not forget about Embassy Suite’s free daily cocktail reception!) and complimentary Wi-Fi with the conference rate. This rate is available until 11/13/19, or until the room block is used up, so please book early to ensure that you get the special rate. If reserving on-line, click Reserve Room to make a reservation and get info about the hotel. If you prefer to book by phone, call 1-702-893-8000, and ask for the EQR Training Conference rate when reserving your room. (Early check-in may be available, but be aware that there is a $25 fee for it.)
The cost of the training is $1,250 for All Sessions (including Intro to FERC), and $1,050 for the Overview, Contracts and Transactions only (Thursday p.m. and Friday), and there is a 10% discount for registrations received by November 13, 2019. Lunch is included for everyone on Friday, and for those attending the Intro to FERC session Thursday morning. You can register online below or contact Barb to register over the phone or with a check through the mail.
For companies sending multiple employees, a 10% discount is given to additional employees from the same company. (The additional employees should contact Barb to register by phone at the discounted rate – it is not available for on-line registrations.) Companies considering sending multiple employees may wish to inquire about having EQR training performed onsite at their location. Training can be customized to focus on relevant areas, and issues can be raised confidentially. It may be more cost-effective if you have multiple employees attending.
If you must cancel, you may substitute an attendee for no additional charge. Cancellations with no substitutions will receive a 50% refund.
Register by selecting the option you want below and click Buy Now. The early registration discount has already been applied, and will be removed after November 13th. If multiple employees from the same utility wish to register, please contact Barb directly at 602-680-7980 to obtain the multiple employee discount.