Public Utility Governance Workshop

Public Utility Governance Workshop: Improving Governance Effectiveness

Tuesday, May 7 - Wednesday, May 8
Sheraton Park Hotel at the Anaheim Resort
Anaheim, CA 

Course Schedule
Tuesday: 8:30 a.m.–4:30 p.m.
Wednesday: 8:30 a.m.–Noon

Recommended CEUs 1/PDHs 10.5/CPEs 12

Field of Study: Specialized Knowledge and Applications
For CPE Accreditation, this course is a group-live offering.

Course Overview
This course provides public power policymakers (utility board and city council members) with a comprehensive overview of their legal duties, fiduciary responsibilities and the policy development and implementation processes that constitute effective utility governance.
Utility executives and staff who interact regularly with boards or councils will also benefit from this course, as a healthy and constructive relationship between the utility board and the chief executive is key to effective governance and crucial in setting the direction and priorities of the organization; in developing clear and measurable utility goals and the metrics necessary to track them; and in jointly establishing the process for evaluating the performance of the chief executive and the governing body ityself.
Participants in this course may also benefit from the one-day Electric Utility Industry Overview course on Monday, May 6.

Course Topics
Effective Public Power Governance

  • The governance context: overview of the electric utility industry
  • Effective public power governance models and structures
  • Legal duties and policy responsibilities of public power boards
  • Distinguishing between board and management authorities and responsibilities
  • Key elements in effective board-management relations
  • Methods for evaluating effective governing board performance

The Board’s Role in Providing Strategic Direction for the Utility

  • Major policy issues facing the electric utility industry
  • Assessing the long-term sustainability of the public power business model
  • Setting the strategic direction and priorities for your utility
  • Case study: A model for public power strategic planning

The Board’s Role in Monitoring Utility Performance

  • The fiduciary requirement of performance monitoring and accountability
  • Optimal methods for measuring utility performance
  • Using key performance areas and key performance indicators
  • Performance information the board needs to know
  • Using metrics, dashboards and scorecards to communicate utility performance
  • The characteristics of high performing boards and councils

Course Level
Basic. This course does not have prerequisites nor does it require advance preparation.
Who Should Attend

  • Newly elected or appointed utility policymakers (board and city council members)
  • Experienced policy officials who want an update on the latest thinking in governance effectiveness
  • Utility chief executives and senior staff who work with governing boards

About the Instructor
Jeff Tarbert is senior vice president of the American Public Power Association, where he oversees member services programs, and works in the areas of utility and city governance, policy development and strategy, and utility executive management. Dr. Tarbert has degrees in political science and higher education administration from Wittenberg University, Springfield, Ohio; and George Washington University, Washington, D.C., where he previously taught in the Graduate School of Education. He is the former mayor of the City of Falls Church, Virginia; and served two terms as chairman of the Falls Church School Board. He also served as chairman of the Northern Virginia Community College, the nation’s second largest two-year institution of higher education.

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