In late 2014, FERC's Office of Enforcement (Enforcement) published its annual report summarizing enforcement activities, and detailing the undertakings of the Division of Investigations (DOI), Division of Audits and Accounting (DAA), Division of Energy Market Oversight (Market Oversight) and the Division of Analytics and Surveillance (DAS). PwC's brief highlights selective compliance and audit findings contained within FERC's 2014 Enforcement Report.
PwC’s Power and Utilities Industry Group has developed this publication to assist management teams in understanding some of the SEC’s current focus areas as well as other financial reporting hot topics.
Power and utilities companies are often at the forefront of global sustainability and climate change issues, and are directly affected by the evolving expectations of the communities they serve. As populations become more urbanized and some jurisdictions begin to move towards more renewable energy sources, clear communication becomes even more important. Power and utilities companies need to tell a powerful story to support ongoing investment in their vital but often aging infrastructure.
More than 20 senior power and utilities (P&U) executives and experts from the US and Canada joined us in May 2014 in Chicago to discuss the challenges they’re facing managing their physical asset portfolios and operations. The group came together at a roundtable to share their approaches to Enterprise Asset Management and to discuss leading practices, challenges and lessons learned Participants were drawn from across the gas and electricity sectors, including generation, storage, transmission, and distribution.
The move to International Financial Reporting Standards (IFRS) is advancing the transparency and comparability of financial statements around the world. Many countries now require companies to prepare their financial statements in accordance with IFRS.
In the new norm, leak survey is no longer viewed simply as a compliance activity—it is integrated with risk assessment, work identification, and investment planning to transform integrity management and enhance pipeline safety.
The International Accounting Standards Board (IASB) issued International Financial Reporting Standard 14, Regulatory Deferral Accounts (IFRS 14), an interim standard on the accounting for certain balances that arise from rate-regulated activities.
This document highlights technical accounting and financial reporting topics that are central to the industry and should be on the minds of chief accounting officers and controllers as they establish their plans for 2014.
What regulatory changes would be required for renewable power companies to access financing alternatives such as REITs and MLPs? What are the benefits and the regulatory challenges of each alternative?
PwC's newly developed Guide to Accounting for Utilities and Power Companies provides accounting guidance for reporting entities in the utility and power industry to consider when preparing financial statements in accordance with accounting principles generally accepted in the United States of America. It addresses a variety of areas such as commodity contracts, power-related investments, inventory, plant, asset retirement obligations, regulated operations, and more.
Hurricane Sandy is expected to be the second-costliest Atlantic hurricane in history, only surpassed by Hurricane Katrina in 2005. Many businesses were disrupted by Hurricane Sandy and its aftermath including the New York Stock Exchange, which was closed for two days. While not all-inclusive, this Dataline discusses several accounting and disclosure-related matters companies may encounter in dealing with the financial reporting implications of Hurricane Sandy.