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FERC Announced Notice of Proposed Rulemaking

January 24, 2020

It appears the rules that implement the Public Utility Regulatory Policies Act of 1978 (PURPA) are destined for their most significant change in nearly 40 years. When passed in 1978, as the United States was in the throes of an energy crisis, PURPA sought to incentivize development of more efficient and renewable generation (e.g., cogeneration and hydropower, among others) as well as increase energy efficiency and conservation. At the time, Congress saw the vertically integrated utility’s “natural monopoly” as a possible barrier to this development, and it sought to reduce the United States’ dependency on oil imports for power generation. PURPA’s legislation opened electricity markets, for the first time, to meaningful competition. What followed has been a steady transition from electricity generation, almost entirely controlled by regulated utilities, to an industry that now boasts competition by a strong contingent of non-regulated generators.


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Five Keys to Designing the Future Finance Model

November 19, 2019

As finance leverages the benefits of shared services for its business customers and the enterprise at large, the model is undergoing constant change.


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The Evolving Role of Human Resources

September 10, 2019

In this information age, we are constantly reminded of disruption, the rate of exponential change, the future of work, customer experience, digital transformation…and the list goes on. However, these discussions often fail to recognize that human resources (HR) can and should play a central role in navigating the uncertainty and ambiguity that lies ahead. As organizations adapt to the shifting landscape, HR can play a critical role in four key areas:


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Decoupling Impact and Public Utility Conservation Investment

August 12, 2019

Public utilities and regulators are implementing various forms of regulatory mechanisms that decouple revenues from commodity sales to remove a disincentive or create an incentive for utilities to invest in and encourage consumers to conserve electricity, natural gas and water. A major question is whether such regulatory mechanisms affect investor-perceived risk, the cost of common equity and the utility rates of such commodities. This is an important question as regulators in the United States are, and have been, considering the impact of decoupling on investment risk and therefore the cost of common equity in rate proceedings. This matter is also important for regulators globally as they consider decoupling as a policy initiative in setting rates and rate of return.


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Global Trends in Financial Shared Service Center Locations

April 11, 2019

A Discussion of Key Findings Related to Location Considerations

In January of 2019, ScottMadden’s Brad DeMent and Trey Robinson delivered a webinar to discuss the results of the latest finance shared services benchmarking study. The study was designed by ScottMadden and surveys were administered by APQC over four cycles: spring/summer 2014; spring/summer 2015; summer/fall 2016; and spring/summer 2018. The scope of the study covers the following topics for an in-depth analysis of financial shared service centers (SSCs): Delivery model, scope of services, staffing, location, performance, and technologies leveraged.


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Financial Shared Services: Leaders are Leveraging Technology and Analytics

April 11, 2019

A Discussion of Key Findings Related to Technology and Analytics

In January of 2019, ScottMadden’s Brad DeMent and Trey Robinson delivered a webinar to discuss the results of the latest finance shared services benchmarking study. The study was designed by ScottMadden and surveys were administered by APQC over four cycles: spring/summer 2014; spring/summer 2015; summer/fall 2016; and spring/summer 2018. The scope of the study covers the following topics for an in-depth analysis of financial shared service centers (SSCs): Delivery model, scope of services, staffing, location, performance, and technologies leveraged.


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Financial Shared Services: Comparing Staffing and Cost Metrics

April 11, 2019

A Discussion of Key Findings Related to Staffing, Cost, and Productivity

In January of 2019, ScottMadden’s Brad DeMent and Trey Robinson delivered a webinar to discuss the results of the latest finance shared services benchmarking study. The study was designed by ScottMadden and surveys were administered by APQC over four cycles: spring/summer 2014; spring/summer 2015; summer/fall 2016; and spring/summer 2018. The scope of the study covers the following topics for an in-depth analysis of financial shared service centers (SSCs): Delivery model, scope of services, staffing, location, performance, and technologies leveraged.


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Financial Shared Services: Governance, Structure, and Scope

April 11, 2019

A Discussion of Key Findings Related to How Shared Services are Structured and the Scope of Services

In January of 2019, ScottMadden’s Brad DeMent and Trey Robinson delivered a webinar to discuss the results of the latest finance shared services benchmarking study. The study was designed by ScottMadden and surveys were administered by APQC over four cycles: spring/summer 2014; spring/summer 2015; summer/fall 2016; and spring/summer 2018. The scope of the study covers the following topics for an in-depth analysis of financial shared service centers (SSCs): Delivery model, scope of services, staffing, location, performance, and technologies leveraged.


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Financial Shared Services: Leaders Do a Lot of Things Right

April 11, 2019

Executive Summary of Key Findings

In January of 2019, ScottMadden’s Brad DeMent and Trey Robinson delivered a webinar to discuss the results of the latest finance shared services benchmarking study. The study was designed by ScottMadden and surveys were administered by APQC over four cycles: spring/summer 2014; spring/summer 2015; summer/fall 2016; and spring/summer 2018. The scope of the study covers the following topics for an in-depth analysis of financial shared service centers (SSCs): Delivery model, scope of services, staffing, performance, and technologies leveraged.


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Finance Shared Services Uncovered: Trends in Delivery Models, Scope of Services, Staffing, Performance and Technologies

April 11, 2019

Decarbonization and RIIO in the United Kingdom

February 4, 2019

The United Kingdom is moving to a decarbonized energy sector and isn’t shying away from experimentation to get there. During a recent fact-finding trip, led by the Smart Electric Power Alliance (SEPA), we gathered practical lessons for the United States and new approaches to growing challenges in the industry related to:


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