Rating Agency Outlook for Public Power

Designed to help educate public power utilities on current trends and issues affecting utility bond ratings.
March 10, 2021
2:00pm EST - 3:00pm EST

Webinar Description

In this webinar, representatives from the credit rating agencies will discuss their outlook for public power and the electric utility industry for 2021. Hear about current issues that may affect the bond ratings of public power entities, trends in credit ratings, public power’s strengths/challenges/weaknesses, and steps boards and managers should take to assure the financial strength of your organization.

Recommended for

  • Utility employees at both the professional and management levels, in the fields of accounting and finance
  • Those with interests and responsibilities in the topics listed, as well as future leaders those who would benefit from learning more about these areas 

Webinar Level

Basic: No prerequisites, no advance preparation.


  • David Bodek, Senior Director, U.S. Public Finance Infrastructure, Public Power Sector Leader, Standard & Poor’s Rating Service, New York, N.Y.
  • Jennifer Chang, Vice President – Senior Analyst, Global Project & Infrastructure Finance, Moody’s Investors Service, New York, N.Y.
  • Dennis Pidherny, Managing Director, Public Finance, Sector Head – U.S. Public Power, Fitch Ratings, New York, N.Y.


Contact [email protected]

Series Description

This two-part webinar series is designed to help educate public power utilities on current trends and issues affecting utility bond ratings. Learn the ins and outs of how rating agencies evaluate a utility’s bond rating and hear proactive strategies public power utilities can take to maintain or improve their bond ratings.

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Registration/Fee Information

Registration is for one person (individuals receive unique log in credentials that cannot be shared) and includes individual access to the post-event recording and PDF presentations. Discounted group pricing is available.

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Individual webinars: $110 for members; $220 for nonmembers. Click on a webinar title to register individually:

The 2-part series (discounted price): $160 for APPA members; $320 for nonmembers

Group Pricing

Save 50% when registering a group of 5 or more people. Contact [email protected] for details.

  • Individual webinars: $55
  • 2-part series: $80

Can’t attend live? Webinars are recorded, in case you miss the live version (registrants automatically receive the recording within a week of the webinar). Continuing education credits are not available for recorded events.


Registrants who cancel in writing on or before March 8, 2021, are entitled to a refund of their registration fee. Registrants who cancel after March 8 are responsible for the full registration fee and are not entitled to a refund.

Registrants who aren’t able to attend the live event(s) will automatically receive access to the webinar recordings. Note: Continuing education credits are only available to those who attend a live event.

Please send cancellation or substitution requests to [email protected].

Earn While You Learn!

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

Recommended CEUs .1/PDHs 1/CPEs 1.2
Field of Study: Specialized Knowledge


  • Attendees are required to attend and participate for at least 50 minutes of each webinar and complete an online evaluation at the end of the event
  • Partial credit cannot be given
  • Attendance is monitored by an Association staff member
  • Certificates will be emailed within a week of the webinar
  • The webinars are recorded (in case you miss a live event), though credits can only be given for attending the live webinars

What educational credits are available?

You can earn the following kinds of educational credits for attending live sessions:

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: www.learningmarket.org. 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.

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Format and Log-In Information

These webinars will be offered on the Zoom Webinar platform.

  • You will receive your Zoom access link the day before the webinar 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 webinar 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 webinar, 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 Zoom.us/test 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 webinar).

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 webinar:

  • 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].