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Leadership Lyceum

Leadership Lyceum: A CEO’s Virtual Mentor

This podcast series focuses on corporate and industry strategy and trends from the direct vantage point of key industry leaders. Subscribe to the podcast at Apple iTunes. Interviews with Tom Fanning and Bob Flexon are available, as well as one with Joe Rigby, Bob Skaggs and Les Silverman.

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Apr 09, 2017 to Apr 12, 2017
| Phoenix, AZ
May 02, 2017 to May 05, 2017
| Orlando, FL
May 21, 2017 to May 23, 2017
| Orlando, FL

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Accounting & Depreciation

The Power of Innovation, Part II

Utility Execs' Roundtable: We sat down with five utility execs who lead their companies on innovation

By Public Utilities Fortnightly

Migrating to a model that focuses on product and service volume to produce margins is a fundamental shift. But the challenge these executives acknowledge is learning how to blend several unique business models as the scope of their business expands.

Grand Theft with Capital Recovery

Western utility economics puzzle former Communists

Branko Terzic

I am not sure how many older generation post-communist managers stayed in such positions after the introduction of capitalism and national programs of commercialization and privatization. Under the communist system, the public utility services bill was based on pricing principles far removed from any notion of the cost of the services.

2016 Annual Rate Case Survey

It is often said that ratemaking is as much art as science.

Phillip Cross

It is the process of setting a return on equity that is fair to both shareholders and consumers that demonstrates the art and science practiced by regulators. One case reported here provides a good glimpse at the entire range of issues put before regulators: a decision by the Michigan Public Service Commission setting electric rates for Consumers Power Company.

Innovation and Capital Recovery

A History of Public Utility Regulation

Branko Terzic

The electric power industry is the key industry in our society. Nothing can function without adequate, reliable, fairly-priced produced and delivered electric service. Getting the capital recovery or depreciation right is not optional.

Local Financing Benefits U.S. Utilities

Banks, Utilities Find Natural Fit

Julie Cannell

Local banks are still an under-utilized resource for electric utilities, despite the role these banks played historically. Regional and local banks are often healthier than big banks, according to the Federal Reserve.

Rethinking Rate Design

Berkeley Lab’s Discussion with Five Experts

Lisa Wood, Ross Hemphill, John Howat, Ralph Cavanagh and Severin Borenstein

Five of our industry's top thought leaders weigh in on the white-hot controversy of rate design as utilities and regulators plot a course for electricity's future.

Nice Work If You Can Get It

Rate of Return for Fun and Profit

Steve Huntoon

If you want actionable intelligence up front, here it is: invest in regulated utilities. There is mounting evidence that investment in utility stocks has outperformed the broader market in the past, and will continue to do so.

Equity Returns: ‘Allowed’ vs. Earned

Understanding how PUC rate case findings differ from a utility’s financial reports. 

Phillip S. Cross

(November 2015) Setting an allowed return on equity has consistently proven to be the most contentious and subjective part of a rate case proceeding.

Managing Assets is Not Asset Management

The real thing demands a culture shift toward long-range thinking.

Scott Sidney

Rather, it involves a culture shift: towards a broader view to encompass such business processes as life-cycle planning, performance analysis, and the entire value chain.

Wind Power Subsidies

Today, tomorrow, forever?

Jonathan A. Lesser

NREL contradicts AWEA, finds wind power not competitive, and favors extending the production tax credit (PTC), but that won’t aid economic growth.

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