Virtual Course

Public Utility Accounting

This foundational course is designed around the FERC Uniform System of Accounts, covering every relevant FERC account.
January 12 - 21, 2021
1:00pm EST - 3:30pm EST

Virtual Training

Join us as we hold this popular course as a series of four interactive, virtual sessions. It’s a convenient way to 'attend' the course, while still having the opportunity to interact with the instructor, your industry peers, and earn 10.8 CPE credits. This course combines real-time presentations, group discussions, case studies, and Q&A sessions.


Attend four, real-time sessions from 1 – 3:30 p.m. Eastern on January 12, 14, 19, and 21. There will be a 15-minute break around 2 p.m. during each session.

Course Overview

This foundational course is designed around the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) Uniform System of Accounts (USoA), covering every relevant FERC account. Review the proper usage of each account, the role of accounting in public utilities, preparation of FERC-based income statements and balance sheets, the supporting charts of accounts, and proper coding for all FERC account activities. Learn about the role of accounting in public utilities, FERC accounting procedures, the uniform systems of accounts, and utility accounting subsystems. 

Prepare a FERC Income Statement based off of a test case and then apply your knowledge during an in-class exercise, which addresses the proper coding for all FERC account activities. The instructor will also compare and contrast how investor owned utilities utilize the system vs. municipal utilities. 

Course Topics

  • Accounting for operating revenues and expenses
  • Introduction to utility property and plant accounting
  • Introduction to FERC uniform system of accounts
  • Applicability of generally accepted accounting principles to public utilities
  • Financial statement structure and presentation
  • Capital vs. expense determination
  • Allocation of indirect or common costs
  • Accounting for unbundled services

Sample Agenda

Parts 1-2: January 12 and 14

Section One

  • Course Introduction and Objectives
  • Introduction of Uniform System of Accounts
  • Incorporating FERC into Utility Chart of Accounts

Section Two

  • Accounting Information for Public Power Systems
  • Accounting Requirements
  • Users of Accounting Information

Section Three

  • FERC USOA: Instructions
  • Definitions
  • General Instructions
  • Electric Plant Instructions
  • Operating Expense Instructions

Section Four

  • Balance Sheet Accounts

Part 3-4: January 19-21

Section Five

  • Income Statement Accounts
  • Revenue and Expense Classifications
  • Operating Income
  • Other Income Statement Items

Section Six

  • Introduction to Accounting Applications
  • Allocations of Indirect Costs

Section Seven

  • Introduction to Accounting for Utility Property
  • Work Order System
  • Continuing Plant Inventory
  • Depreciation Accounting

Sections Eight

  • Basic Rate Design and Funding Concepts
  • Base Rates
  • Fuel Adjustment or Power Cost Adjustment Charges
  • Funding PILOT and Transfers

Recommended For

Those who are new to public utility accounting practices or unfamiliar with the FERC accounting structure. This class is also useful for other utility staff—including management, technical personnel, and policymakers—looking to understand how accounting processes impact employees and various utility operational areas, the financial implications of capitalization vs. expense, etc.

Course Level

Basic: No prerequisites; some advance preparation. Attendees are asked to review two chapters from APPA’s Public Utility Accounting publication, in advance of each session.

Course Materials

Attendees will receive an electronic copy of APPA’s Public Utility Accounting publication, which will provide the basis for the course. This manual will be accessed through APPA’s electronic document portal, which attendees will get access to a few days prior to the course. All sessions will be recorded and can be accessed through the document portal, in case you can’t attend the live version.


The following continuing education credits will be provided, after successfully completing all four live sessions. Completion certificates will be emailed out within a week of the last session. Sessions will be recorded, though certificates can only be awarded to those who participate in all four live events (click here to review requirements).

Recommended CEUs .9/PDHs 9/CPEs 10.8
Field of Study: Accounting


JMJerry McKenzie is a Senior Manager with the MGT Consulting Group and the author of APPA’s new Public Utility Accounting publication. He has an extensive 35+ year background in cost accounting concepts and practical applications. Having worked in both the private electric utility sector and the municipally owned environment, Jerry brings a broad and unique perspective to this course. He has extensive knowledge of the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission’s (FERC) statutes and regulations and has taught (and authored publications) on a variety of public utility accounting topics. 


Contact us at [email protected].

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Registration fees:

  • $725 for members
  • $1,450 for nonmembers

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Registrants who cancel in writing on or before January 5, 2021, are entitled to a refund of their registration fee, minus a $50 cancellation fee. Registrants who cancel after January 5 will not receive a refund, but attendee substitutions will be allowed for this event only. Registrants and no-shows who do not cancel by January 5 are responsible for the full registration fee and are not entitled to a refund. Email your cancellation request to [email protected].


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Earn While You Learn!

Participate in virtual programs to earn Continuing Education Units (CEUs), Professional Development Hours (PDHs) and Continuing Professional Education credits (CPEs). This event is eligible for the following credits:

Recommended CEUs .9/PDHs 9/CPEs 10.8
Field of Study: Accounting

What educational credits are available?

You can earn the following kinds of continuing education credits for attending live sessions during this event—provided the following requirements are met:

Requirements for Successful Completion

  • Attendees are required to attend and participate in 90% of the live event and complete an online evaluation at the end of the session
  • Partial credit cannot be given for partial attendance
  • Attendance is monitored by an APPA staff member during the event, through an online report log, and upon review of the post-event evaluation data
  • Completion certificates will be emailed out within one week of a live event (for those who meet the requirements)
  • Virtual sessions are recorded (attendees automatically receive access to recordings within a week of a live event), though continuing education credits can only be given for attending live events

IACET logoContinuing Education Units (CEUs) - The American Public Power Association is accredited by the International Association for Continuing Education and Training (IACET) and is authorized to issue the IACET CEU. For information regarding certification status, attendance requirements and obtaining attendees transcripts, contact [email protected] or 202-467-2965. Verify our IACET Accreditation.

CPE logoContinuing Professional Education (CPE) Credits - The American Public Power Association is registered with the National Association of State Boards of Accountancy (NASBA) as a sponsor of continuing professional education on the National Registry of CPE Sponsors. State boards of accountancy have final authority on the acceptance of individual courses for CPE credit. Complaints regarding registered sponsors may be submitted to the National Registry of CPE Sponsors through its website: Unless noted, there are no prerequisites for the courses offered and no advance preparation is required. Courses are group-internet based offerings at the basic program level (unless otherwise noted). Credit hours and areas of study for the courses are listed on the individual course pages. For more information regarding administrative policies, such as clarification of requirements, complaints, and refunds, please contact [email protected].

Professional Development Hours (PDHs) -  The American Public Power Association’s educational practices are consistent with the criteria for awarding Professional Development Hours (PDHs) as established by the National Council of Examiners for Engineering and Surveying (NCEES). Course eligibility and number of PDHs may vary by state.

Format and Log-In Information

This class will be offered on the Zoom meeting platform. Presented in four interactive sessions, featuring real-time presentation, Q&A, group discussions, and case studies

You’ll receive a logistics email one week in advance of the class

You will receive your Zoom access link the day before the course from the APPA Academy <[email protected]>. Please reach out to [email protected] if you do not receive that email.

New to Zoom?

If you haven't participated in a Zoom meeting before, please download the Zoom web client from the Zoom Download Center. This will enable you to access all of the Zoom tools and functionality vs. using the web version. For the course, you will need an Internet connection and sound (we recommend using your computer’s audio and microphone, though a phone number will also be provided). Then, visit to ensure you are able to join a meeting. 

If you are not able to download the Zoom web client, you can still participate via your Internet browser. We recommend using Chrome for the best results. If you use your Internet browser, your functionality may be more limited (for example, you will only be able to see one video feed at a time), and you will need to create a Zoom account. (Account creation is a free and straightforward process, but you will want to do this in advance so you do not miss any part of the meeting).

Privacy and Security

The American Public Power Association takes your privacy and security very seriously. For this reason, we have put the following security measures in place for this course:

  • A random Meeting ID
  • Password-protected
  • Enabled waiting room to screen meeting participants
  • Restricted screen sharing to hosts only

Code of Conduct

Participants agree to abide by the APPA Code of Conduct. If participants engage in unacceptable behavior as outlined in the code, the Association may take any action it deems appropriate, including but not limited to, expulsion from the current and future meetings, with no warning or refund.


Contact us at [email protected].