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-Walter Fitzgerald, Vice President and Controller, CenterPoint Energy, Inc.

Course Topics

Knowledge is your organization's most valuable and strategic resource, and a knowledge advantage, skillfully applied, is a competitive advantage.

Course topics encompass the following learning areas:  technology, regulation, finance, and managing enterprise value. Courses will be held Monday, June 9 - Thursday, June 26, 2014.  The first event will be held on Sunday, June 8, 2014.

Technology | Regulation | Finance | Managing Enterprise Value


Electric Power Generation, Transmission, and Distribution
• the basics of generation, transmission, and distribution.
• basic electrical terminology, equipment construction, and equipment operating theory.
• how to communicate technical information using non-technical language.
A.R. Collier, Professional Training Systems, Inc.

Natural Gas Production, Transmission, and Delivery
• the basics of natural gas production, transmission, and distribution including essential equipment and its operation.
• the mechanics of the gas industry so that you understand your organization better, and those you compete with.
J. Richard Moore

Disruptive Energy Technologies
• how disruptive technolgies such as net metering, energy efficiency, and distributed generation are impacting technology decisions.
• how diverse technologies are being integrated into the utility operations environment.
Ash Awad, McKinstry

Nuclear Power

• the basics of nuclear power technology in electricity generation.
• how the fuel cycle is managed.
• about the economics and regulatory oversight of nuclear power.
Akira Tokuhiro, University of Idaho

Smart Grid
• the basics of smart grid including demand response.
• the customer side of smart grid including distributed generation and plug-in hybrids.
• current issues including cybersecurity and standards.
Robert Stewart, PEPCO Holdings, Inc.

New Energy Consumer
• how the traditional utility/consumer relationship is evolving.
• how nontraditional players are challenging the traditional utility model.
• how to manage information for competitive advantage.
• how building innovative products and services will strengthen the consumer relationship.
Gregory Guthridge,

Cyber Security
• key issues in cyber security including corporate information security and critical security failings.
• what the industry is doing to meet future challenges.



Utility Regulation: Challenges and Opportunities
• the inherent institutional difficulties of regulation.
• to think from a regulator’s perspective.
• what you can do to achieve effective regulation.

Current Issues in the Natural Gas Industry
• how the current issues in gas supply and demand are driving the industry.
• how regulation impacts the industry, consumers, and other fuels.
• how energy policy, rising costs, and technology are impacting the industry.
J. Richard Moore

Wholesale Power Markets
• what key issues are shaping electricity market design.
• RTO Market Overview.
• the fundamental design features of locational marginal pricing and financial transmission rights.
• where RTO markets are going.
Craig Glazer, PJM Interconnection

Regulation and Rate Making
• the rate making process including revenue requirements, cost allocation, and rate design.
• how a company’s integrated resource plan impacts restructuring activities and resource planning.
Greg Said, Idaho Power Company

Tomorrow’s Electric Industry
• how industry changes are shaping the future of the electric power industry.
• the current status of energy legislation.
• how access to capital will impact reliability.
• a view forward—responding to comprehensive energy and climate legislation and a new regulatory model.
David Owens, Edison Electric Institute

Environmental Collaboration
• how state regulation affects utilities’ capacity to invest in environmental solutions, and how to remove unintended barriers.
• how utilities can make energy efficiency and renewable energy a profit center.
• how utilities can plan and create diversified, environmentally responsible electric-and gas-resource  portfolios that will ensure more reliable and affordable service for customers.
• how federal environmental legislation affect the utility industry.
• how utilities can revive investment in grid assets to enhance reliability and reduce congestion, despite
widespread opposition to new transmission
Ralph Cavanagh, Natural Resources Defense Council 



Utility Accounting and Financial Reporting
• basic accounting concepts.
• to calculate the return on equity.
• the utility’s four sets of “books.”
• about rate making and how a rate case works.
Joel Berk, Financial Accounting Institute

Financial Management
• how management decisions impact the financial performance and economic value of the business.
• to evaluate business performance using financial statement analysis, and understand the implications of financial decisions.
• success factors in value creation.
• the basic types of decisions—investment, operating, and financing—made continuously by the management of any ongoing business.
Mario G. Reyes, University of Idaho

Enterprise Risk Management
• to use option pricing methodology in capitalbudgeting.
• what makes up a risk management framework.
• the challenges of implementing a risk management system.
Brian Bird, NorthWestern Energy

Increasing Shareholder Value through Capital Markets
• what drives value creation.
• the effects of free capital markets on utility stakeholders.
• how finance and rate making are interrelated.
• how corporate strategy impacts shareholder value.
J. Frank Russell, Concentric Energy Advisors

Current Issues Facing Utility CFOs 
• the role and responsibility of the CFO in implementing strategic initiatives and managing risk.
• the importance of communication in managing diverse stakeholder interests.
Darrel Anderson, IDACORP Inc./Idaho Power Company
Brian Bird, NorthWestern Energy
Mark Thies, Avisa Corp.


Managing Enterprise Value

Leadership Awareness
• how to increase your leadership effectiveness.
• how others might perceive and react to your leadership style.
• how increased self-awareness can help form more productive and satisfying associations.
• how to get the most out of your UEC learning experience.
Pete Hammett, OGE Energy Corp.

Corporate Strategy
• how an industry creates a context for corporate strategy.
• the distinction between long-range corporate vision and short-term corporate strategy.
• the role and responsibility of the main decision makers in the forming and implementation of corporate strategy and the need to balance competing interests.
• about consensus-driven strategy development (the feedback loop).
• how the various UEC curriculum components tie together.
Milton Lee, Lee Energy Partners, LLC

Customer Experience
• how customer experience design and management is evolving.
• to integrate the customer experience into product and service design.
• to identify and communicate the customer experience ROI.
Roy Barnes, Blue Space Consulting

Enterprise Leadership
• how a company can respond to and rebound from a crisis.
• the role of financial and strategic analysis.
• how to manage key stakeholder relationships.
Michael Yackira, NV Energy

Design Thinking
• about human centered design.
• terms, techniques, and thought patterns of successful innovators.
• how to balance analysis with intuition.
Scott Underwood
Greg Warman, ExperiencePoint Inc.

Utility of the Future
• how to identify and prioritize key success factors.
• how scenario planning for the future impacts today’s management decisions.
• how to align corporate strategy across diverse stakeholder interests.
Kimberly Harris, Puget Sound Energy
Larry Weis, Austin Energy