Principles of Valuation in the Power Sector

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Join us for two full days of comprehensive power valuation training, providing the skills you need to quickly and accurately value individual U.S. power sector assets and whole companies. The power valuation techniques you'll learn are specific to the industry, so you can apply these principles immediately in your day-to-day efforts.

You will learn by doing – studying real world case studies, rather than getting mired in theoretical abstractions. Build your knowledge of power assets, power plant valuation, power purchase agreements and tolling contracts and utility valuation. You will take home time-tested model templates that will save you effort as you apply these techniques yourself.

Take your understanding of valuation to the next level and attend our optional 3rd day Renewable Energy Valuation Workshop.

As an attendee, you will:

  • Create more accurate valuations by applying the standard valuation methods, including DCF, comparable analysis, and multiple analysis
  • See how to get the data that is used in standard modeling assumptions
  • Learn how to incorporate market based revenue and cost drivers, including forward and spot pricing and implied heat rates to develop more relevant, robust valuations
  • Discuss the role of PPAs, tolling agreements, steam contracts, and other financial arrangements that affect the value of a deal
  • Gain invaluable real world insight from a seasoned, world class instructor with decades of transaction experience in the power sector
  • Practice using take-home models that value single plants, T&D assets, regulated generation assets and whole companies so you can apply the principles you’ve learned immediately upon your return to work


This program presumes familiarity with basic accounting and finance concepts. Participants will need to bring a laptop computer.

"Great instructor with tremendous deal-making experience."
– Director of Finance and Business Planning, A Regulated Utility Company

"A good balance of real world and academic perspectives – highly recommended."
– Manager, Analytics & Asset Optimization, An Energy Company

"Great case studies. I liked walking through the NPV model."
– Senior Financial Analyst, A Power Solutions Company

Join us on November 1-2, 2017 for this event.


James W. Bowen

Momentum Development Corporation, President
Momentum Development Corporation

Jim Bowen is President of Momentum Development Corporation, which provides advisory and management services to clients in the energy sector, including banks, investment funds, and principal investors. He has been an instructor for the Knowledge Center for over four years. As a veteran consultant in the energy industry, Jim has valued hundreds of power plants, integrated utilities, transmission and distribution systems, power purchase agreements, tolling agreements, options, and midstream and downstream energy assets.Jim has taught regularly at McKinsey & Company's internal training programs, and was an adjunct faculty member at the U.S. Military Academy at West Point. Prior to founding Momentum Development, Jim was a consultant with McKinsey, a litigation attorney with Akin, Gump, Strauss, Hauer & Feld LLP, and an officer in the U.S. Army.He holds a J.D., cum laude, from the Harvard Law School, a Master of Finance from the University of London, and a B.S. in Economics from the U.S. Military Academy.

Principles of Valuation in the Power Sector Agenda

WEDNESDAY, November 1st
Agenda is tentative. Please check back for updates.
7:45 am
Registration and Continental Breakfast
8:30 am
Introduction and Overview
9:00 am
Valuation of a Single Plant
10:30 am
Refreshment Break
10:45 am
Case Study
12:00 pm
1:00 pm
Valuation of other Generation Assets: Hydro, Nuclear, Coal, Renewables and Peaking Assets
2:15 pm
Other Valuation Techniques: Comparables, Multiples, Real Options
3:00 pm
Refreshment Break
3:15 pm
Valuing Power Purchase Agreements (PPAs) and Tolling Agreements
4:00 pm
The Relationship Between DCF and ROE
4:30 pm
Debt Capital Markets Considerations
5:00 pm
Day One concludes
THURSDAY, November 2nd
8:00 am
Registration and Continental Breakfast
8:30 am
Valuation of a Regulated Utility: Discussion
10:00 am
Refreshment Break
10:15 am
Valuing Transmission and Distribution Businesses and Assets
11:00 am
Valuing Regulated Generation Assets
12:00 pm
1:00 pm
Putting the Pieces Together: Valuing An Integrated Utility
1:45 pm
Case Study
2:45 pm
Refreshment Break
3:00 pm
Other Valuation Issues:
  • • M&A and Regulatory Environment Considerations
  • • Regulatory Value Drivers
  • • Mitigating Risks to Value
  • • Project Finance
5:00 pm
Day Two concludes
FRIDAY, November 3rd
8:00 am
Registration and Continental Breakfast
8:30 am
Valuation of Renewable Assets Using DCF; Computing ROE
10:15 am
Case Study
11:00 am
Renewable Finance Topics:
  • • Tax Considerations for Value Creation
  • • Risk Allocation in Power Purchase Agreements
12:00 pm
Program concludes

Ticket Info

Main Seminar: $2,395
Main Seminar + Workshop: $2,995
Workshop only: $750

Event location

Venue: TBD

Early bird Price info

Main Seminar: $2,195
Main Seminar + Workshop: $2,795

Registration includes all program work materials, plus continental breakfast and lunch both days.

Group pricing discounts are available. Contact us at +1 (888) 991-7786

Downloads & FAQs

Who Attends?
Principles of Valuation in the Power Sector is designed for:

  • Finance, corporate development/strategy, and investor relations professionals at power and utilities companies
  • Professionals in investment banking, project finance, asset management, hedge funds, or equity/fixed income research
  • Consultants, accountants and lawyers who advise power clients
  • Current and potential suppliers or professionals looking for an understanding of how Wall Street analyzes the power and gas sector and the fundamentals that bear on their analyses
  • M&A professionals
  • Renewable energy professionals, developers, analysts
  • State and Federal regulatory agencies interested in a deeper understanding of valuation techniques and the methods investors and developers use

This program presumes familiarity with basic accounting and finance concepts. Participants will need to bring a laptop computer equipped with Microsoft Excel.

Are there any group discounts?

Group Pricing Discounts for Seminars

 Number of Attendees  3  4  5+
 Seminars*  15%  25%  30%

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What is the dress code? 
Business casual. 

Do I need a laptop? 
Yes, because this seminar features Excel based analysis, participants will need to bring a laptop computer with access to Microsoft Excel and a calculator.  

What is the cancellation policy? 
Cancellations for this program are eligible for a full refund, less a $150.00 administrative fee, if received at least 15 business days prior to the start of the program. Cancellations received after that date but at least 5 business days prior to the start of the program receive a credit in the amount of the registration fee, less a $150.00 administrative fee, to attend another Knowledge Center program within 13 months. Cancellations received fewer than 5 business days prior to the start of the program are not eligible for a refund or credit. 

Attendee substitutions from the same company may be made at any time.

In the event of a cancellation from a group discount, refunds or credits are issued beginning with the most heavily discounted price, minus a $150.00 administration fee.

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Continuing Education Credits

10.5 Hours of Continuing Education Credit
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