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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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Finance

Stocks / Equity Markets
Maybe Steve Huntoon Was Right
We decided to check out the numbers. Utilities earned more than the cost of capital in most years. Utility investors earned an average market return, while taking a lower than...
Lessons from Abroad
A comprehensive analysis of Japanese investments in the U.S., Mexico, the U.K., and Australia. From a team expert in the fast-changing electric industry in Japan....
A reshuffling of the rankings. Is nuclear the cause?
Of the top ten movers in this year’s Fortnightly 40, seven utilities rose in the rankings and three went down. But the utilities moving the most from 2013 to 2014 went down ...
Transactions
PSEG, NextEra, Wisconsin Energy, OGE Energy, Pinnacle West, IDACORP, etc.
The PUF Top 20 Financial Performers were selected through a four-year average ranking of profit margin, dividend yield, free cash flow, return on equity, return on assets, and...
The Return for Customers of the Return for Shareholders
The Top 20 ranking is limited to investor-owned electric utilities and combination electric and gas utilities with 2015 revenues of at least $1 billion....
Analysis of investment data from the Cleantech Group i3 platform.
Private investment flows into cleantech reveal consistent signs of maturation. Cleantech is becoming more mature, diverse, and in some sectors – perhaps such as utilities ...
ROE Survey & Database
It is often said that ratemaking is as much art as science.
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 reporte...
Understanding how PUC rate case findings differ from a utility’s financial reports.  
(November 2015) Setting an allowed return on equity has consistently proven to be the most contentious and subjective part of a rate case proceeding....
Interest rates not always controlling for return on equity. 
(November 2014) Our annual survey of rates of return on common equity authorized by state public utility commissions in recent rate cases for electric and gas retail di...
Strategy & Planning
Collaborating to Get More, Sooner
Imagine five or ten utilities teamed up to advance useful applications of drones to the industry. Whether with drones or some other emerging opportunity, collaboration is a sm...
Neo-Liberalism's Consequences
Adam Smith's first book, “The Theory of Moral Sentiments,” argued that people acted not just for money, but also out of professional pride, fairness, patriotism, altruism ...
Offer Choices
Offer end uses as the product, and not therms or watts. The utility becomes a true energy service company....
Mergers & Acquisitions
Leadership Lyceum Podcast Summary
Conversation on M&A: Former CEOs of PHI and NiSource/CPG, Joe Rigby and Bob Skaggs, and Director Les Silverman....
Five-Year Anniversary Conversation with Dynegy CEO Bob Flexon
Dynegy's CEO takes stock at his fifth anniversary with the company. Read excerpts of his interview here, then download the podcast for the entire conversation with Tom Linquis...
PSEG, NextEra, Wisconsin Energy, OGE Energy, Pinnacle West, IDACORP, etc.
The PUF Top 20 Financial Performers were selected through a four-year average ranking of profit margin, dividend yield, free cash flow, return on equity, return on assets, and...
Accounting & Depreciation
Utility Execs' Roundtable: We sat down with five utility execs who lead their companies on innovation
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 bl...
Western utility economics puzzle former Communists
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 pr...
It is often said that ratemaking is as much art as science.
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 reporte...
Bonds / Debt Markets
What they Mean for Public Utility Returns
This article highlights rate drivers that could lead to yield movements upwards or downwards, and even into nominal negative interest rates. We then analyze how policy and mar...
Banks, Utilities Find Natural Fit
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 bi...
Economic disruption and the future of electric utilities.
Other industries deregulated and it reduced prices and encouraged innovation. What happened to the utility sector?...
Fortnightly 40 Index
PSEG, NextEra, Wisconsin Energy, OGE Energy, Pinnacle West, IDACORP, etc.
The PUF Top 20 Financial Performers were selected through a four-year average ranking of profit margin, dividend yield, free cash flow, return on equity, return on assets, and...
The Return for Customers of the Return for Shareholders
The Top 20 ranking is limited to investor-owned electric utilities and combination electric and gas utilities with 2015 revenues of at least $1 billion....
A reshuffling of the rankings. Is nuclear the cause?
Of the top ten movers in this year’s Fortnightly 40, seven utilities rose in the rankings and three went down. But the utilities moving the most from 2013 to 2014 went down ...

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