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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: fundamentals, leadership, trends and future.

Electric Power Generation, Transmission, and Distribution

Skip Collier - Professional Training Systems, Inc.

  • Basics of generation, transmission, and distribution, including electrical terminology, equipment, construction, and operating theory

Natural Gas Production, Transmission, and Delivery

Richard Moore 

  • Basics of natural gas production, transmission, and distribution, including essential equipment and its operation

New Nuclear 

  • Latest research and development on creating nuclear reactors that are safer and more economical

Utility Accounting and Financial Reporting — How Utilities Make Money

Julie Desimone - Moss-Adams 

  • Basic accounting concepts
  • What the financial statements communicate and how they are used
  • Cost management and how to know when you are making money

Financial Management and Capital Markets

Brandon Lohse -Arkansas Electric Cooperative Corporation

  • Value creation and the cost of capital/money
  • Financial policy development and accessing capital
  • Financial quality and credit ratings
  • Perspective of a utility sector investment manager

Regulation and Rate Making

Ric Gale

  • Rate making process including revenue requirements, cost allocation, and rate design
  • How rate mechanisms are used in general rate cases

Utility Legislative and Regulatory Advocacy — Understanding the Big Picture 

  • Role industry advocacy plays in informing and shaping public policy
  • Responsibility of legislators, state regulators, and FERC
  • Customer preferences and the tension between stable prices and reliable services
  • State's rights vs. federal rights

Customer Experience

Roy Barnes - Blue Space Consulting 

  • Customer experience design and management 
  • Integrate the customer experience into product and service design
  • Identify and communicate the customer experience ROI

Safety Culture

Bo Hanchey - Idaho Power

  • Creating a culture of safety that goes beyond protocols, training, and equipment
  • Committing to safety excellence that improves safety performance, operational effectiveness, and business performance

Inclusive Leadership: Understanding and Managing Unconscious Bias

Scott Horton and Melanie Miller - Delta Concepts Consulting

  • Creating personal learning and practical leadership skills to manage, lead, and contribute to a diverse and inclusive environment 

Strategic Leadership in the Natural Gas Industry 

  • Utility industry perspective on improving safety, managing risk, and driving continuous improvement
  • How current events affect natural gas operations, business strategy, and practices

Strategic Human Resources 

  • Energy industry challenges and the impact on the workforce
  • Digital workforce
  • Culture, engagement, and employee experience
  • Talent crisis
  • Workforce of the future

Regulatory Strategy

Noel Black - Southern Company

  • How the regulatory model supports, or does not support, the changing industry
  • How regulatory strategy supports corporate strategy
  • Current issues, including rooftop solar, extreme weather, EV infrastructure, decarbonization 

Experience Change: Accelerate and Realize Strategies, Initiatives, and Solutions

  • Quickly turn powerful ideas and solutions into reality
  • Speak and act with a common language
  • Align and engage stakeholders around new ways of doing things
  • Build a highly engaged culture of execution

Experience Innovation: Design Thinking Simulation

Lyall Samaroden - ExperiencePoint

  • Human centered design and balancing analysis with intuition
  • Terms, techniques, and thought patterns of successful innovators

Energy Industry and the Environment - Shaping the Future  

  • How public policy, emerging technologies, and changing customer needs and expectations are transforming the energy industry
  • Major trends reshaping the utility industry

CEO Panel - Pathways to the Future 

  • Identifying and prioritizing key success factors
  • Scenario planning for the future impacts of today's management decisions
  • Aligning corporate strategy across diverse stakeholder interests

Strategic Partnerships 

  • Leveraging strategic partnerships to deliver value to customers
  • Responding to digital innovations
  • Core competencies for collaboration

Climate Impact: Stakeholders, Resilience, Affordability, and Risk

  • How utilities are managing climate impact across diverse stakeholders
  • How utilities are positioning themselves for the future

Executive Education

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