Maintaining or Improving Your Utility’s Bond Rating

Designed to help educate public power utilities on current trends and issues affecting utility bond ratings.
March 26, 2019
2:00pm EDT - 3:30pm EDT

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Webinar Description

One of the important jobs of utility finance executives is to maintain or improve the utility’s bond rating. Improving the utility’s rating lowers interest rates on borrowings and is a best practice in utility financial management.

Hear what the rating agencies use in their evaluation of the utility’s bond rating and learn strategies to improve the utility’s financial health and credit worthiness in the eyes of the lending community.

Topics include:

  • Key components of bond ratings
  • Items that rating agencies look for in your financial statements
  • What does a poor rating cost your ratepayers?
  • Establishing benchmarks to measure financial performance
  • Public power case studies and best practices
  • Long-term planning and budgeting for a better bond rating

Who Should Participate

Designed for utility employees at both the professional and management levels, in the fields of accounting and finance. The webinar is also recommended for utility employees with interests and responsibilities in the topics listed, or with cross-departmental responsibilities, as well as rising stars and future leaders those who would benefit from learning more about these areas.


Russ Hissom, CPA, CIA, CISA, Partner, Energy and Utilities Group, Baker Tilly Virchow Krause, Madison, Wisconsin

Series Description
This two-part webinar series is designed to help educate public power utilities on current trends and issues affecting utility bond ratings. Through these webinars, you will learn the ins and outs of how rating agencies evaluate a utility’s bond rating and hear what actions public power utilities can take to maintain or improve their bond ratings.

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Registration/Fee Information

This is the second of two webinars in the Rating Agency for Public Power Webinar Series.

Individual webinar: $109 for Association members; $209 for nonmembers

The 2-part series: $160 for Association members; $320 for nonmembers

  • Register for the series (2 webinars) at a discounted rate.
  • Webinars are recorded and available for playback, in case you miss the live version.


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  • You will need a username and password to register. If you need assistance, please contact our web services staff.

How to Join a Webinar

  • Log-in information will be sent out the morning of each event (around 8 a.m. Eastern). If you do not receive the reminder email, please call 202-467-2965 or email [email protected]). 
  • Registration is for one phone line and one computer. If you have multiple employees participating from the same location, all can listen in via speaker phone.
  • You may use voice over internet protocol (VoIP) instead of a phone line. This option allows you to listen to the webinar audio through your computer’s microphone and speakers.
  • Submit your questions for speakers before the webinar — email them to [email protected]. You may also ask questions via online via chat during the webinar.


  • Each webinar is worth 1.5 CPEs/.2 CEU/1.5 PDH credits
    CPE Field of Study: Specialized Knowledge
  • The completion certificate is only available to the person who registered for the webinar and attendance is confirmed by the webinar report log.
  • Links to all handouts and an audio recording will be sent out shortly after the webinar.


Contact Us
Have questions? Contact 202/467-2921 or [email protected].