Business & Finance Conference

B&F Conference Sessions—Monday A.M.

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Monday, September 16

8:00 — 8:45 a.m.

Opening General Session

Chair's Address
Decosta Jenkins
, President & CEO, Nashville Electric Service, Tennessee; and Chair, American Public Power Association

State of Public Power
Sue Kelly
, President & CEO, American Public Power Association

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9:15 a.m. — 10:15 a.m.
Breakout Sessions
Recommended CEUs .1 / PDHs 1 / CPEs 1.2

cas Customer Accounting and Services Roundtable
CPE Field of Study: Specialized Knowledge
Bring your issues in customer accounting and services to the table and discuss potential solutions and strategies with peers from utilities like yours.
 

gafa Internal Audit: Your Best Offense
CPE Field of Study: Auditing
Hear how you can use the internal audit function to identify bottlenecks in your utility's processes, modify ineffective controls, and better prepare for your annual external audit.

Renee Vines, Senior Internal Auditor, City Utilities of Springfield, Missouri

 

gafa Giving the Green Light: The Rise of the Environmentally Friendly Bond Market
CPE Field of Study: Finance
Investors are turning attention to social impact and green bonds – and the growth in these options has an impact on your utility’s transactions. Learn about the different green bond designations and the value each conveys to investors. Understand how social impact metrics get included in investor offering documents and suggested ongoing disclosure. Using recent transactions, learn to quantify the financial benefit of these bonds.

Edward Meyers, Managing Director, and Jeb Spengler, Senior Vice President, Public Finance Investment Banking, Piper Jaffray, New York, New York

 

hrt Human Resources & Training Roundtable
HRCI: 1 / CPE Field of Study: Personnel/HR
Meet with peers from other utilities to discuss current issues in human resources and training. Come prepared to participate and bring examples of successful training programs to share.

 

it Information Technology Roundtable
CPE Field of Study: Specialized Knowledge
Join this ice breaker session to network with and learn more about your peers in public power IT and discuss your current major initiatives and challenges.

 

pma Thinking Outside the Box on Rate Design       
CPE Field of Study: Specialized Knowledge
With new technology comes new ways to design and recover rates. Some new rate structures, such as energy service subscription pricing and performance-based rates, would be stark departures from traditional methods. Can these alternatives work for public power? Judge for yourself as a pair of experts discuss alternative rate designs.

Lon Huber, Director, and Matthew McDonnell, Associate Director, Navigant, New York, New York

 

rmi Contractual Risk Considerations
CPE Field of Study: Specialized Knowledge
Learn how you can plan and manage risk transfer to protect against losses caused by third party vendors. Go over how to review contracts for potential risks, determine the insurance and indemnification requirements of vendors, and track certificates of insurance. Discuss how to establish minimum insurance requirements for onsite vendors and determine when to request extra coverage.

Daniel S. McGarvey, CPCU, ARM, Managing Director, U.S. Power and Utility Practice, Marsh, Greenville, South Carolina; and Heath Silvey, Manager-Risk/Damage Prevention, City Utilities of Springfield, Missouri

10:15 – 10:30 a.m.
Break With Sponsors

10:30 – 11:45 a.m.
Breakout Sessions
Recommended CEUs .1 / PDHs 1.25 / CPEs 1.5

 

cas AMI: Don't Hesitate, It's Great
CPE Field of Study: Specialized Knowledge
If your utility is in the process of implementing AMI or will be soon, then join this session to learn what public power utilities have done to get the most out of their AMI implementation. Review what to expect throughout the process, how to start preparing for the transition, what you can look forward to, and the positive impacts it will have on your customer service.

 

gafa Small Utility Roundtable
CPE Field of Study: Accounting
Meet with peers to network and to discuss the accounting and finance topics that small utilities face. Come prepared to participate and bring your successes and challenges to the table.

 

gafa Large Utility Roundtable
CPE Field of Study: Accounting
Meet with peers from other large utilities to network and discuss the accounting and finance topics that are important to your work. Come prepared to participate and bring your successes and challenges to the table.

 

casgafahrtitpma Joint Action Agency Roundtable
CPE Field of Study: Specialized Knowledge
Meet with representatives from other joint action agencies and state and regional associations to discuss your most pressing challenges and share successful strategies in business and finance.

hrtit Attracting, Inspiring, and Retaining Millennial Talent
CPE Field of Study: Personnel/HR
Within the next year, millennials will comprise 50% of the U.S. workforce. Public power utilities can attract tech-savvy employees from this purpose-driven, social tribe generation to fill critical IT and technical labor roles. The digital grid, distributed energy resources, energy storage, and the Internet of Things require advanced computer engineering, data analytics, and technical expertise. Join us for a tangible, hands-on session on what to do now (and what to stop doing) to spark attention among millennials of the power industry and the career opportunities it offers.

Janet Kieffer, Principal, INFLUENCE, Austin, Texas

 

pma Behind-the-Meter Storage: Market Evolution, Customer Economics, and Utility Impacts
CPE Field of Study: Specialized Knowledge
As storage prices continue to decline, behind-the-meter storage is becoming more economically viable. Join this session to explore the potential financial impact of increased adoption of behind-the-meter energy storage on your utility and learn how you can mitigate the impact. For those not yet convinced that storage will increase, get the latest data about the emerging market, including costs, and how storage adoption will impact load shapes and rate design.

Andy Reger,  Senior Consultant, NewGen Consulting, Denver, Colorado; and Paul Zummo, Director, Policy Research & Analysis, American Public Power Association, Arlington, Virginia 

 

rmi Risk Management & Insurance Roundtable
CPE Field of Study: Specialized Knowledge
Meet with representatives from other joint action agencies and state and regional associations to discuss your most pressing challenges and share successful strategies in business and finance.