Demystifying ESG for Public Power

Learn more about ESG - what each factor means, why it is being emphasized, common missteps around ESG reporting, and what public power needs to know.
October 11, 2022


This event will be held on the Zoom Webinar platform on Tuesday, Oct. 11, from 2:00-3:00 pm Eastern.


ESG is the acronym used to describe the environmental, social, and governance impacts of an entity. ESG represents a fundamental shift in focus from financial and business performance to benefits to stakeholders with the goal of harnessing the creative power of individuals and teams to generate long-term value for an entity’s stakeholders, including members of society and the environment in which the entity operates. A key assumption is the hypothesis that businesses cannot have long-term success in failed societies.

Capital providers (debt or equity) are increasingly focused on ESG risk factors in today’s market, as many find these factors helpful in understanding a company’s long-term value creation strategy. As “net-zero” pledges and governmental mandates continue to make headlines along with the broader discussion of long-term energy sources, including renewable and alternative energy as well as the energy transition, sustainability and environmental factors are playing a large role in capital allocation for the power sector. Public power entities also are seeing increased focus on ESG from elected officials and stakeholders.

  • What is ESG and what are the key subcomponents that make up each factor
  • What is driving current emphasis on ESG
  • Public power ESG drivers and impacts
  • Key considerations in making ESG part of your core strategy
  • Common missteps around ESG
  • Next steps to launch a sustainable ESG program


  • Gary Leatherman, Ph.D., Managing Director, Baker Tilly
  • Andy Roehr, Managing Director, Baker Tilly
  • David Dollihite, Managing Director, Baker Tilly


Registration is free and only open to APPA members (including joint action agencies and state associations). Register online or contact [email protected] with questions.

Technology Requirements

  • Zoom Webinar Application: You’ll need a strong internet connection, in order to run the Zoom webinar platform. Visit Zoom.test to ensure you are able to join a meeting.
  • Audio: We recommend using your computer mic/audio to listen to the webinar (alternatively a call-in number will be provided).

Log In Credentials and Recording

  • Zoom Links: Zoom login credentials will be sent out 24 hours before the start of the webinar and a reminder will go out one hour before the event.
  • Recording: This webinar will be recorded and the recording will be emailed to attendees within a week after the event.