Are you new to the electric industry? Where can you find resources to teach electric industry accounting and finance?

Electric accounting isn't taught in schools and you're looking for information to help you in your day-to-day work. You'd like to make an impact and contribution to your organization and learn to "speak electric".

This Starter Series gives a high level overview of electric industry accounting and finance. Courses cover an introduction to how the industry works, FERC accounting, electric project construction accounting, and high-level overviews of financial statements and how electric rates are developed. You'll have a firm foundation on which to build your industry knowledge.

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Here's a sample of the course!

Who should take this course series?

  • New electric finance employees

  • Experienced finance team members for a review

  • New electric operational employees

  • Engineering employees to understand the link between engineering and accounting

  • Auditors of electric cooperatives and utilities

This series is for you if........

  • You are a new electric cooperative or utility employee and want to know more about how the electric utility business works.

  • You want to learn how to "speak electric" and use the language of the FERC Chart of Accounts for accounting.

  • You want to know how to read electric financial statements and how electric rates are developed.

  • You want to learn practical uses of the FERC Chart of Accounts so you can use it in your day to day accounting work.

  • You are an auditor of electric utilities or cooperatives and want to know more about the business so you can do a better job auditing.

  • You'd like access to a community of electric industry accounting and finance students to share questions, answers, and comments on the electric business.

Let me share insights that will bring value to your organization and career!

Russ Hissom, CPA

Russ Hissom, CPA, is the owner of Utility Accounting Education Specialists (UAES). His goal is to share his electric industry knowledge with you, helping you address your day-to-day work, adding value to you as an individual in your career development and to your electric utility or cooperative.

Russ built his experience through:

  • Learning and leading industry best practices by serving electric investor-owned and municipal utilities, and electric cooperatives
  • 35 years of financial and consulting electric industry experience
  • Giving speeches at national industry associations including the Edison Electric Institute, American Gas Association, American Public Power Association, American Waterworks Association, and state utility industry organizations
  • Serving as an expert witness before the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission, State Public Utility Commissions, and in arbitration matters
  • Past partner in the energy practice of a national public accounting and consulting firm
  • A focus on helping co-ops and utilities become more efficient and prepare for the "power and utilities organization of the future"

    Let Russ help you build your knowledge, help your organization, and enhance your career!

Russ Hissom Electric Industry Instructor

How do these courses build my knowledge?


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All courses and resources are built on power and utilities industry best practices and provide practical solutions you can implement in your unique organization

All-Access Membership - Monthly

  • Unlimited access to over 20 online/on-demand courses, 30 hours of content, and spreadsheet resources

  • Download copies of all course content

  • For every course completed you will receive a Certificate of Completion with CPE credits

  • Access to the Power and Utilities Community page to ask questions, get answers, and share ideas

  • Binge courses OR spread them out to meet your schedule

  • New courses are added each month

  • Cancel anytime and have access through the end of your membership period

  • Classes are available on-demand from your desktop, tablet, or phone

$15 per month

All-Access Membership - Annual

  • Unlimited access to over 20 online/on-demand courses, 30 hours of content, and spreadsheet resources

  • Download copies of all course content

  • For every course completed you will receive a Certificate of Completion with CPE credits

  • Access to the Power and Utilities Community page to ask questions, get answers, and share ideas

  • Binge courses OR spread them out to meet your schedule

  • New courses are added each month

  • Cancel anytime and have access through the end of your membership period

  • Classes are available on-demand from your desktop, tablet, or phone

$155 per year

Premium Membership - Quarterly

  • Includes everything in All-Access Membership plus:

  • Monthly, live, recorded, one-hour group sessions on new areas and a discussion of your questions on utility and co-op accounting and finance and any other topics - Attend live or listen to the recording anytime

  • Download three eBooks on FERC construction accounting and ASC 980/GASB 62 regulatory accounting

  • Previews of new courses and your input into course development and future courses

  • Cancel anytime and have access through the end of your membership period

$130 every 3 months

Continuing Professional Education (CPE) Credits

  • All of our online courses are modeled on the guidelines of the AICPA and NASBA Statement on Standards for Continuing Professional Education (CPE) Programs. Courses are not NASBA certified.

  • Final approval of a course for CPE credits is based on the requirements of each states’ regulatory body.

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