Advanced Public Utility Accounting (APPA) 

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April 2 - 3, 2019 (8:30 am - 3:30 pm)    |    NEPPA Training Center (Littleton, MA) 


NEPPA has partnered with the American Public Power Association to bring the Advanced Public Utility Accounting training in-house.  


Course Overview


Most of the crucial decisions that electric utilities make require financial information. Utility accounting staff must understand how accounting principles and practices impact financial reporting to internal and external stakeholders. This course examines the more complicated aspects of accounting theory and practice to inform planning and decision-making by management.


This course is recommended as a follow up to APPA’s Public Utility Accounting course.


Recommended CEUs / PDHs / CPEs


Recommended CEUs 1.2/PDHs 11.75/CPEs 14
Field of Study: Accounting


Who Should Attend


This course is designed for utility accounting and finance personnel who have taken APPA’s Public Utility Accounting course and for those with a basic knowledge of utility accounting theory and practice.


Course Topics


  • Review of utility accounting theory
  • Use of regulatory accounting to mitigate ratepayer and financial reporting impacts
  • Presentation of financial statements
  • Use of benchmarking and key performance indicators
  • Strategies to maintain or improve your utility’s bond rating
  • Capital structure and its importance in utility strategic planning
  • Utility debt options
  • Establishing strong internal controls
  • Accounting pronouncements update




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Registration fees include coffee, baked goods and lunch each day. 


Members: $695

Non-Members: $1,290


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Cancellations are accepted until Tuesday, March 12, 2019. Substitutions may be made at any time.





Russ Hissom, CPA, CIA, CISA, partner on the energy and utilities team, has been with Baker Tilly Virchow Krause since 1983. Russ has extensive experience with contract compliance audits under jointly owned electric generation contracts, overhead cost allocation studies, enterprise risk management implementation projects, benchmarking studies, work order asset management implementation projects, construction reviews, management audits, financial and compliance audits of electric utilities, and specialized risk management and operational and financial training for utilities. He is a co-author of several APPA publications including: Advanced Public Utility Accounting, Information Technology Governance, Sustainability Accounting Standards for Utilities and Developing an Effective Utility Software Selection Process.


Bethany Ryers, CPA, manager on the energy and utilities team, has been with Baker Tilly Virchow Krause since 2006. She specializes in providing auditing, accounting, and consulting services to utilities. She counts among her clients some of the largest public power systems in the United States and she has helping them with implementing the latest GASB statements. She is involved with a number of state electric, water, and wastewater organizations and is also a member of the AICPA and several state accounting associations.


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