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2019 Energy Conference | PURC01 19
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May 13 - 14, 2019 8:00am - 3:30pm

Sheraton Austin Hotel at the Capitol 701 E 11th St
Austin, TX 78701-2622

Member: $445 Non Member: $620 Early Member: $395 Early Non Member: $570

Exclusive Premier Sponsor:

CliftonLarsonAllen, Exclusive Premier Sponsor

Gold Sponsor:

RSM, Gold Sponsor

Beverage Sponsor:

CenterPoint Energy, Beverage Sponsor

Conference Sponsor:

Texas Electric Cooperatives, Conference Sponsor

Conference Sponsor:

TSCPA Insurance Trust, Conference Sponsor

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Conference schedule: Day 1 - May 13, 2019 | 8 a.m. - 4:45 p.m
Day 2 - May 14, 2019 |  8 a.m. - 3:30 p.m.

Calling all accounting professionals in the utilities industries: Here's your direct line to the top information on today's issues. Designed specifically for CPAs and others in the utilities industries, this popular annual conference will help you tune in to the latest industry developments; turn on your best thinking with new skills and take advantage of leading-edge training to get ahead.

To register for the Government rate: Please call the CPE InfoLine 800-428-0272 or 972-687-8500 in Dallas | E-mail Customer Service

20% Discount:  First TSCPA member pays full price, all additional TSCPA members from the same company/firm receive a 20% discount on their registrations.  To qualify for the 20% discount, registrations must be submitted together via phone or fax.  Discount does not apply to Government rates. 

Conference Hotel: Sheraton Austin Hotel at the Capitol | Hotel reservations
Room Rate: $185 + tax
701 East 11th Street, Austin, TX 78701 | Phone: 512-478-1111 | Hotel cut off date is April 22 or when block fills.

DAY 1 | MAY 13

̎̎ 7 a.m. REGISTRATION AND BREAKFAST

̎̎ 8 a.m. REGULATORY AND LEGISLATIVE UPDATE ON THE UTILITY INDUSTRY
Arthur D’Andrea/Commissioner/Public Utility Commission of Texas/Austin
You’ll learn about recent regulatory and legislative changes affecting electricity, water and telecommunications
markets in Texas and current issues of the day at the Public Utility Commission.

̎̎ 9 a.m. ACCOUNTING STANDARDS UPDATE
Steve Van Meter, CPA/Principal/CliftonLarsonAllen/Denver, CO

This session provides an overview of Accounting Standards Updates (ASUs) issued since 2018 and their potential
impact on financial reporting. You’ll revisit important ASUs issued in prior years and discuss what’s on the
horizon regarding proposed standards to identify issues that may impact your business.

̎̎ 10 a.m. BREAK

̎̎ 10:15 a.m. ACCELERATED REPLACEMENT OF AGING NATURAL GAS FACILITIES
Troy Paige, PE/VP Technical Services/Atmos Energy/Dallas
Tammy Espinoza, PE/VP Technical Services/Atmos Energy/Dallas

Atmos Energy is improving the safety and reliability of its natural gas network through the accelerated
replacement of aging infrastructure. This session covers the evolution of the Atmos Energy natural gas
distribution system in Texas and the coordinated effort required to effectively support an infrastructure
replacement program.

̎̎ 11:15 a.m. AN INSIDE LOOK AT THE FLOOD OF OCTOBER 2018
Kelly Payne/VP, Water Operations/Lower Colorado River Authority/Austin

You’ll get an update on the state of the water supply in Texas. Since energy and water are inextricably linked, the
value of water is vitally important.

̎̎ 12:15 p.m. LUNCHEON PRESENTATION: NEXT GENERATION LEADERSHIP FOR ACCOUNTANTS
Jennifer D. Foery, SPHR/SHRM-SCP/HR Manager/Bluebonnet Electric Cooperative, Inc./Bastrop

Sole possession of technical expertise is no longer a precursor for success in business. Today’s workforce,
regardless of the generation, requires a more well-rounded skill set that includes communication skills, problem
solving, accountability and teamwork. In short, today’s workforce requires LEADERSHIP. In this session, you’ll
explore the “softer side” of accounting.

̎̎ 1:30 p.m. UNMANNED AIRCRAFT SYSTEM (UAS) FOR UTILITIES
Gregory Angst, P.E., RCDD, PMP/Utilities Technology Council Vice-Chairman 2018-2019/Houston

This session describes Unmanned Aircraft System (UAS) experiences and use cases of CenterPoint Energy over a
several-year period. CenterPoint Energy has used UAS for emergency storm-related activities and plans to
integrate this technology into day-to-day operations. UAS gives CenterPoint Energy the view from above.

̎̎ 2:30 p.m. TAX CUTS AND JOBS ACT
Jennifer Story, CPA/Director Income Tax/Atmos Energy Corporation/Dallas

Attendees will examine tax reform changes that have impacted utilities over the past year, including the unique
challenges and opportunities that these changes have resulted in for the industry. Regulatory outcomes and
trends are addressed with respect to the flow back of taxes to customers.

̎̎ 3:30 p.m. BREAK

̎̎ 3:45 p.m. USING DATA ANALYTICS TO DETECT INTERNAL FRAUD
Steve Dawson, CPA, CFE/President/Dawson Forensic Group/Lubbock

As transaction volume and big data continue to expand, the need to analyze this data efficiently for internal fraud
detection increases in priority. Even the most effective internal fraud prevention controls can be overridden. With
actual case examples and demonstration, this session shifts the focus to fraud detection techniques by
introducing the latest big data analytics methods used to identify anomalies for further investigation.

4:45 p.m. ADJOURN

DAY 2 | MAY 14

̎̎ 7 a.m. REGISTRATION & BREAKFAST

8 a.m. CURRENT LEGISLATION, PROGRAMS AND INITIATIVES FOR GAS UTILITIES AND
PIPELINES
Wei Wang, CPA, CISA/Executive Director/Railroad Commission of Texas/Austin

You’ll hear the latest information on the Railroad Commission of Texas. The session provides an overview of the
Railroad Commission’s regulatory responsibilities and related legislation from the 86th Legislature.

̎̎ 9 a.m. SHEDDING SOME LIGHT ON GASB
Blake Rodgers, CPA/Audit & Assurance Partner/Deloitte & Touche LLP/Dallas

The Governmental Accounting Standards Board (GASB) has been busy issuing several standards over the past few
years – a few that will require some advanced planning to implement. Get a high-level overview of the upcoming
GASB standards that will likely affect accounting and financial reporting for governmental energy entities, as well
as some pointers on preparing for implementation to help you get organized for the upcoming challenges.

̎̎ 10 a.m. BREAK

̎̎ 10:15 a.m. SUMMER OUTLOOK AND EMERGING ISSUES
Kenan Ögelman/Vice President, Commercial Operations/ERCOT/Taylor

You’ll hear an introduction to the ERCOT market, then cover emerging issues of interest. A review will also be
given of the upcoming summer outlook related to the grid and capacity or reserve margins.

̎̎ 11:15 a.m. TEXAS DEMOGRAPHIC CHARACTERISTICS AND TRENDS
Lloyd Potter, Ph.D., M.P.H./Texas State Demographer/San Antonio

Texas is in the midst of a demographic transformation. This session includes an overview of the state’s
demographic characteristics, along with information about population shifts, and factors associated with recent
and projected population change.

̎̎ 12:15 p.m. LUNCHEON PRESENTATION: LEGISLATIVE UPDATE
John Sharbaugh, CAE/Managing Director, Governmental Affairs/TXCPA/Austin

You’ll get an update on the major actions and legislation passed during the 2019 Texas legislative session with a
focus on issues of concern to the accounting profession, including tax proposals considered by the legislature.
You’ll also hear a status report on the Sunset review process for the Texas State Board of Public Accountancy and
the Texas Public Accountancy Act.

1:30 p.m. PUBLIC POWER AND COOPERATIVE UTILITIES - A CREDIT RATING AGENCY
PERSPECTIVE
Kathy Masterson/Senior Director/Fitch Ratings/Austin

This session examines trends in the public power and cooperative sector and expectations for the future. Come
hear how Fitch Ratings evaluates the credit quality of utilities and changes to the rating criteria released in 2019.

̎̎ 2:30 p.m. ARE THE ‘WILD WEST’ DAYS RETURNING TO THE U.S. OIL, GAS MARKETS?
Alan Lammey/Senior Markets Analyst/IHS Markit OPIS/Spring

Attendees will take a look at how energy prices in 2019 and beyond will react to domestic oil and gas production
rising to never-before-seen levels, while new segments of demand continue to grow at a rapid pace. How high (or
low) can energy prices go in the near and longer-term future?

̎̎ 3:30 p.m. ADJOURN

Cancellations: Participant cancellations received less than five business days prior to the program start date are subject to a $50 cancellation fee. Substitutions will be allowed until the start time of the program at no charge by calling 800/428-0272, ext.1 or in the Dallas area at 972/687-8500, ext. 1. No shows forfeit the entire registration fee. TSCPA policies may be found on the TSCPA website.