Energy Compliance Consulting announces its
2011 Electric Quarterly Reports Training Conference
March 24-25, 2011 in Phoenix, AZ

Energy Compliance Consulting will be holding a FERC Electric Quarterly Report training conference on March 24 and 25, 2011, at the Doubletree Guest Suites in Phoenix, AZ.  Barbara Bourque, the leading expert on EQRs, will lead the sessions.  Barbara developed and implemented the EQR software at FERC and managed the Commission’s EQR program for several years before joining the private sector.  She has trained over 250 EQR filers at dozens of companies.

The program will cover all aspects of correctly completing and filing EQRs.  It will begin with a discussion of the history and reasons for the EQR, and work through the entire EQR preparation, review and submission process, including manual data entry and importing data, dealing with error messages, and ensuring that filings are complete and correct.  It will address not only the mechanics, but also include a full discussion of how to ensure that your company’s data complies with all of FERC’s requirements.  In addition, Barb will share trouble-shooting tips and filing and review strategies.  She will also give advice that may make your EQRs less likely to be audited by FERC.  (Note:  If prior to the conference FERC issues a NOPR proposing changes to the EQR – as a follow-up to the Notice of Inquiry issued January 21, 2010, in RM10-12 – those proposed changes will be discussed in the training.)  Participants can submit questions prior to the conference or ask them during the session as time permits.  A comprehensive filing manual will be given to all attendees.  While ideal for relatively new filers, even those more seasoned may be surprised by the amount they learn.

New this year will be an optional session on Thursday morning for those who are very new to the EQR and to FERC.  This class will provide an overview of the FERC including information about its offices and functions; FERC’s website, including an introduction to eLibrary; and an overview of FERC tariffs, rate schedules, and service agreements, including eTariff.  This background may help attendees who have little experience with FERC regulation get more out of the EQR training.  The introductory session is an additional $100.

Because there are flights to Phoenix from most US cities arriving by noon, the conference will start at 1:00 p.m. on Thursday, March 24th, and end at 2:00 p.m. on Friday, March 25th, which should allow most attendees to need only one overnight stay.  The hotel is very close to the airport, and a free shuttle is provided for hotel guests.  A block of guest suites has been reserved for the conference at the special rate of $139 per night, which includes a full breakfast.  Ask for the EQR Training Conference rate when reserving your suite.  This rate is good until February 28, 2011.  For more information on the accommodations, please see

The cost of the training class is $795, with an $80 discount for registration by February 28, 2011.  For companies sending multiple employees, a 10% discount is given to additional employees from the same company.  Companies considering sending multiple employees may inquire about having training given 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 three or more employees attending.   

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