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Business Essentials for Utility Engineers
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Table of Contents

UTILITIES
Types of Utilities
Natural Monopolies
Utility Ownership
Utility Regulation
Utility Rates
Service Standards
Deregulation

ACCOUNTING
The Basic Accounting Equation
Journals, Ledgers, and Accounts Accounting Principles
Financial Statements
Other Types of Accounting

ECONOMICS
Supply and Demand
Market Pricing
Producer Surplus
Monopolistic Pricing
Business Cycles

FINANCE
Time Value of Money
Company Valuation
Market Efficiency
Capital Structure
Tax Shields
Bankruptcy

RISK
Probability and Statistics
Stock Price Movement
Diversification
Portfolio Theory
Capital Asset Pricing Model
Financial Options
Real Options

FINANCIAL RATIOS
Profitability Ratios
Activity Ratios
Leverage Ratios
Liquidity Ratios
Market Ratios
DuPont Analysis
Residual Income and EVA

RATEMAKING
Regulatory Goals
Revenue Requirements and the Rate Base
Rate Design
Rate Cases
Rate Base Misconceptions

BUDGETING
Top-Down Budgeting
Bottom-Up Planning
Types of Budgets
Project Prioritization
Business Case Justification

ASSET MANAGEMENT
What Is Asset Management?
History of Utilities
History of Asset Management
Organizational Functions
Asset Management Process

Each chapter concludes with a "Summary" and "Study Questions"

About the Author

Richard E. Brown is the Vice President of Operations for Quanta Technology.

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... The author does excellent work in organizing, describing, and explaining the business concepts. All concepts are clearly and accurately explained, and the material is presented at an appropriate level of complexity and depth ... informative and valuable as a reference book. I recommend the book to any utility engineer responsible for planning, designing, managing, or maintaining utility infrastructure.
--Robert E. Bisson, IEEE Power & Energy Magazine

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