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Day 1 - May 14, 2018 | 8 a.m. - 4:45 p.m.
Day 2 - May 15, 2018 | 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.
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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 | Make hotel reservation
701 East 11th Street, Austin, TX 78701 | Phone: 512-478-1111 | Hotel cut off date is extended to April 27 or when block fills.
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.
May 14, 2018 | Day 1
| Registration & Breakfast
4:45 p.m. | Adjourn
8 a.m. |
KEYNOTE: Oncor Electric Delivery Company-The Quest to Acquire
the Largest Utility Company in Texas
The CEO of Oncor will discuss his company’s multi-year journey through the legal and
regulatory hurdles it faced as it emerged from the bankruptcy of its parent company and
became the focus of many companies wishing to acquire it.
Chief Executive Officer,
Oncor Electric Delivery
Company, Dallas, TX
9 a.m. |
Accounting Standards Update
Gain an overview of recently issued Accounting Standards Updates (ASUs) and their
potential impact on financial reporting. Discuss what’s on the horizon regarding proposed
standards to identify issues that may impact your business. Learn about activities of the
Private Company Council, including ASUs that have been issued specifically for private
companies. Explore the factors to consider when evaluating whether or not to adopt
private company standards.
Steve Van Meter, CPA,
CliftonLarsonAllen, Denver, CO
10 a.m. | BREAK
10:15 a.m. | Droughts and Floods: Managing Water Supplies in Central Texas
Water is critical for people and industries – including the energy industry – and the cycle
of droughts and floods in Central Texas poses unique challenges for managing our water
supplies. Learn how the experts at LCRA manage water supplies for our region through
droughts, floods and everything in between.
Exec.VP, Water Services,
Lower Colorado River Authority, Austin, TX
11:15 a.m. |
Our Energy Future: Who’s in the Driver’s Seat
Explore the facts and myths about our energy sources in the U.S. We will also examine
our energy future by comparing fossil fuels vs. “green technologies” and the “real” tradeoffs.
Dr. Ken Morgan,
TCU Energy Institute, Fort Worth, TX
12:15 p.m. |
LUNCHEON PRESENTATION: The State of the Texas Economy: A Report from Texas Comptroller Glenn Hegar
Hear an update on the state of the Texas economy, including the impacts of Hurricane
Harvey and the budget constraints we expect to see next session.
Texas Comptroller, Texas Comptroller of Public Accounts, Austin, TX
1:30 p.m. | Robotics Process Automation
Robotics Process Automation is an emerging technology that will enable organizations to
shift from being more transactional to analytical. The technologies focus on automating
highly manual and repetitive processes throughout all parts of an enterprise.
PwC, Power & Utilities Practice, Atlanta, GA
2:30 p.m. | The Mexican Electric Marketplace
Hear a brief historical introduction to the Mexican energy reformation. Detail actual market behaviors/players in conjunction with operating market structure and define future
impacts on the Texas electricity marketplace.
VP of Business,
Development Tenaska Energia, Arlington, TX
3:30 p.m. | BREAK
3:45 p.m. | Building Right-Sized Cyber Security Programs
As mid-market organizations improve their security posture, they often look to align with
an industry framework, but many struggle with how to determine how much security is
“enough” for them. This session will discuss our experiences in building a right-sized
security program and gaining management buy-in.
Principal, RSM, Houston, TX
RSM, Houston, TX
May 15, 2018 | Day 2
| Registration & Breakfast
8 a.m. |
KEYNOTE: What You Don’t Know CAN Hurt You:
Ignoring the Red Flags of Fraud
In most cases of internal fraud, the warning signs, the RED FLAGS, were present. Due to
time constraints or workload pressures, we tend to ignore these red flags until it is too
late. This session provides actual case examples of the Red Flags of Fraud along with
what can be implemented to address these issues in an organization’s fraud prevention
Steve Dawson CPA, CFE,
Dawson Forensic Group, Lubbock, TX
| Pipeline Safety Regulation in Texas
Gain an overview of pipeline safety regulation and current issues affecting Texas natural
Charles R. Yarbrough, II,
VP of Rates & Regulatory Affairs,
Atmos Pipeline-Texas, Dallas, TX
10:15 a.m. |
Shedding Some Light on GASB
GASB has been busy issuing several standards over the past few years – a few which
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. Discuss the effects of the relevant standards and get
some pointers on preparing for implementation to help you get organized for the upcoming challenges.
Blake Rodgers, CPA,
Deloitte & Touche, LLP, Dallas, TX
11:15 a.m. |
Deregulated Retail Energy Market Developments in the U.S.
The deregulated retail business is undergoing new challenges as some states revisit
whether deregulated retail should be kept. Additionally, we are facing an extended period
of flat energy prices across much of the U.S. and this coupled with the rapidly evolving
technology of energy management is driving retail energy companies to revisit their
business models and look to diversify.
Jonathan White, CPA,
Managing Director ENR
KPMG LLP, Atlanta, GA
12:15 p.m. |
LUNCHEON PRESENTATION: Bridging the Generation Gap
Remember when they said, “You can’t trust anyone over 30?” Now the tables are turned
and some apply that cliché to the younger generation, the Millennials. It’s easy to divide us by age, gender, nationality, socio-economic level and more. Identifying good employ
ees is more nuanced. We’ll take a look at the generations for the obvious differences and similarities, dig deeper into what molded each generation and examine the qualities
that make a good employee at any age.
Moritza Day, CPA,
Day West, Houston, TX
1:30 p.m. | Texas Franchise and Sales Tax Issues for the Utility Industry
Learn issues utilities are currently facing in tax compliance and in audits. Discuss opportunities and pitfalls arising from recent court decisions as well as from pending court
Trial Attorney & CPA,
Martens, Todd, Leonard,
& Ahlrich, Austin, TX
2:30 p.m. | How Will U.S. Oil and Natural Gas Fare in a Surging Renewal Energy Environment?
Take a granular look at how the U.S. oil and natural gas markets are dealing with aggressive recent and future growth in renewable energy sources, such as wind, solar, hydro
and bio-fuels. Where are oil and as prices headed and where do the biggest opportunities in energy exist now and in the future?
Senior Markets Analyst,
3:30 p.m. | Adjourn