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-Walter Fitzgerald, Vice President and Controller, CenterPoint Energy, Inc.
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Utility Executive Course
College of Business and Economics
PO BOX 443161
Moscow, ID 83844-3161
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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

Technology

Electric Power Generation, Transmission, and Distribution
Learn:
• 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
Learn:
• 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
Learn:
• 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

Learn:
• 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
Learn:
• 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
Learn:
• 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,
Accenture

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


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Regulation


Utility Regulation: Challenges and Opportunities
Learn:
• 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
Learn:
• 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
Learn:
• 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
Learn:
• 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
Learn:
• 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
Learn:
• 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
lines.
Ralph Cavanagh, Natural Resources Defense Council 
 

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Finance

Utility Accounting and Financial Reporting
Learn:
• 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
Learn:
• 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
Learn:
• 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
Learn:
• 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 
Learn:
• 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.

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Managing Enterprise Value

Leadership Awareness
Learn:
• 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
Learn:
• 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
Learn:
• 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
Learn:
• 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
Learn:
• 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
Learn:
• 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

 

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