By - Jon Brown

Introduction to Utility Depreciation
February 19-20, 2020 | Denver, CO

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This course provides a foundation for understanding depreciation concepts, thinking through ratemaking implications, and making data collection choices that will impact the content and quality of the depreciation study.  This course is intended to be introductory and will provide a framework for the more advanced course, Depreciation Fundamentals.  The course is not simply a lecture but is intended to be interactive with the goal of addressing to the greatest extent possible, questions from the attendees.  The goal of the course is that participants will become conversant on basic depreciation issues.

Learning Outcomes

  • Explain the definition of depreciation, the calculation of annual depreciation expense, and the concepts associated with basic plant accounting
  • Discuss the social and financial significance of accurately accruing depreciation and net salvage over the lifespan of the plant assets (i.e. the ratemaking perspective)
  • Introduce the “Depreciation Cube” (Methods, Procedures, and Techniques) with a focus on the methods, techniques, and procedures most commonly used
  • Introduce life analysis, survivor curves, and the concepts behind the methods used to estimate the remaining service life
  • Introduce net salvage analysis and discuss its increasing significance in the development of depreciation accrual rates
  • Identify the “ideal” data that should be tracked within continuing property records.
  • Examine depreciation accounting concepts including capitalization policies, account groupings, individual vs group (mass) asset accounting methodologies, the value of tracking contributed plant, and whether amortization is a better choice for some assets
  • Explore accounting options to record fixed asset retirements and the impact of the choices upon depreciation calculations
  • Examine the connection between actual data available in plant records and the choice of life and net salvage analysis methods and the reliability of the resulting analysis
  • Introduce the steps and identify the useful outcomes of a depreciation study



EUCI has been accredited as an Authorized Provider by the International Association for Continuing Education and Training (IACET).  In obtaining this accreditation, EUCI has demonstrated that it  complies with the ANSI/IACET Standard which is recognized internationally as a standard of good practice. As a result of their Authorized Provider status, EUCI is authorized to offer IACET CEUs for its programs that qualify under the ANSI/IACET Standard.

EUCI is authorized by IACET to offer 1.1 CEUs for this course.


Requirements for Successful Completion of Program

Participants must sign in/out each day, be in attendance for the entirety of the course

Instructional Methods

Power Point presentations and open discussion will be used


Wednesday, February 19, 2020

8:00 – 8:30 a.m. :: Registration and Continental Breakfast

8:30 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. :: Course Timing

12:00 – 1:00 p.m. :: Group Luncheon

What is Depreciation?

  • Different Perspectives
  • Historical Development
  • Defining Terms

Why is Depreciation Important?

  • Revenue Requirement
  • Social Considerations
  • Ratemaking Impacts

The Depreciation Cube

  • Methods, Procedures & Techniques
  • Depreciation Methods
  • Depreciation Procedures
  • Depreciation Techniques

Property Accounting

  • Unit Accounting
  • Group Accounting

Life Analysis

  • Average Service Life
  • Average Remaining Life
  • Probable Life
  • What about REAL Life?
  • Retirement Rate Method
  • Survivor Curves
  • Placement Bands
  • Experience Bands
  • Simulated Plant Records

Net Salvage Analysis

  • Net Salvage Analysis
  • Gross Salvage
  • Cost of Removal
  • Inflation

Ideal Continuing Property Records

  • Objectives
  • Setting up or Modifying CPRs
  • Regulatory Requirements
  • Ideal Continuing Property Records

Capitalization Policy

  • Selecting Retirement Units
  • Capitalization Policy
  • Capitalization Threshold
  • Capitalize or Expense?

Selecting Account Groupings

  • Asset Distinctions that Matter
  • Pros & Cons of Subaccounts

Thursday, February 20, 2020

8:00 – 8:30 a.m. :: Continental Breakfast

8:30 a.m.- 12:00 p.m. :: Course Timing

Amortization Considerations

Fixed Asset Retirements

  • Various Methods
  • Vintage
  • FIFO
  • LIFO
  • Comparison

The Depreciation Study

  • Planning
  • Data Collection
  • Calculation
  • Evaluation
  • Accrual Rate
  • Recommendation
  • Final Thoughts

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James Keen, Utility Consultant, Aldrich CPAs + Advisors

Mr. Keen’s public utility experience totals over 18 years, focusing primary on regulatory matters, depreciation, and rate development.  Mr. Keen is a Certified Depreciation Professional experienced in preparing detailed depreciation studies for utility use and for review and approval by regulatory bodies.  His experience includes analyzing financial and technical information, developing spreadsheet models, preparation of revenue requirement studies and expert testimony, and performing market analysis and economic forecasting.  His expertise includes rate development, preparing utility contractual agreements, tariff modifications, depreciation studies and regulatory planning for electric, natural gas, solid waste, telephone and water and wastewater clients.

Prior to his role as a consultant, Mr. Keen worked for the Regulatory Commission of Alaska for over 15 years, serving as the chief of the engineering section for 10 years.  During his time there, he was involved with managing complex regulatory rulemaking proceedings, developing regulations implementing federal and state programs, and analyzing matters of first impression.  He was also the Commission’s primary depreciation analyst.  He has testified before Alaska Senate and House Committees and taught workshops to utility personnel on regulatory policy, basic ratemaking, and depreciation.

Before entering the utility arena, Mr. Keen was a design engineer at Rolls-Royce North America, specializing in aero gas turbine engines for commercial and military applications.  Mr. Keen has a Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering from Purdue University.


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3.1 miles away


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