APPA webinar to discuss line extension policies

An upcoming webinar from the American Public Power Association (APPA) aims to discuss alternative utility line extension policies and methods to identify the maximum contribution a utility should incur for a new service. Featured speaker Mark Beauchamp, CPA, CMA, MBA and President of Utility Financial Solutions, will concentrate on contributions made in aid of construction.

Webinar Description:

A utility’s line extension policy determines the amount the utility would pay to extend services to new customers.  A properly designed policy helps ensure growth is good for all ratepayers and the utility contributes appropriate amounts to extend services.  Often line extension policies are determined through review of line extension policies of nearby utilities and not on the actual costs of extending new services.  Policies may result in growth that increases rates for existing ratepayers or may unfairly burden new customers thereby limiting the utilities ability to grow.

Webinar Topics:

  • Review of alternative line extension methodologies
  • Utility risk assessment of extending service to different types of customers
  • Comparison of extensions to residential homes versus subdivisions and developers
  • How to determine a customer’s value to the utility
  • How a service upgrade can be considered under line extension contributions

About the Speaker:

With degrees in water purification technology, accounting and business, Mark has over 28 years of experience in the utility environment. He holds a Class A license in Sanitary Sewer treatment from the state of Michigan and is a licensed water plant operator. He has completed cost of service and rate studies for more than 200 municipal systems around the US and has served as an expert witness in rate cases. Mark is recognized as a national expert in his field and often speaks at conferences and presents to industry organizations.

The webinar begins at 2:00 Eastern Time and costs $89 for APPA members and $179 for nonmembers. Heartland customers have a complimentary APPA membership and qualify for the discounted rate.

The webinar is also worth continuing education unit credits, including 1.5 CPEs/.2 CEU/1.5 PDH credits. The qualifying CPE Field of Study is Specialized Knowledge & Applications.

For more information or to register, visit under the Events tab or email You may also submit topics and questions prior to the session by emailing

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