About the Summit


Public Power Forward Summit
December 11-12, 2017
San Francisco, California

The power industry is evolving. Utilities must alter their business models to keep up with the changes—or customers will take matters into their own hands.

The American Public Power Association’s Public Power Forward strategic initiative prepares community-owned utilities for the future of the energy industry by helping them determine if, when, and how they should revise their rate structures, services, and operations.

Join industry thought leaders at the Public Power Forward Summit to discover new trends, technologies, and customer expectations and share your thoughts on public power’s future. 

Who Should Attend

  • General managers and CEOs
  • Senior utility executives
  • Senior operations executives
  • Policy and strategy makers and future leaders
  • Governing board members
  • City council members
  • Mayors
  • Other utility managers and future leaders responsible for policy and strategy
  • Industry partners, strategic thinkers and subject matter experts
  • Utility communications leaders and specialists

Who Should Attend


Agenda

Monday, December 11

7:30 – 8:30 a.m.
Registration & Coffee

8:30 – 9:15 a.m.
Welcome and Introductions
Sue Kelly
, President & CEO, American Public Power Association, Arlington, Virginia

9 – 9:45 a.m.
Keynote Presentation
Corporate Vision on Energy: The Growing Interest in Sustainability
More corporations are pursuing sustainability goals, and they’re finding new ways to meet them. Hear about one company’s sustainability philosophy, how they’re working to implement it, and what it could mean for your utility.

Ben Bixby, Director of Energy Products, Nest Labs, Palo Alto, California

9:45 – 10 a.m.
Break

10 – 11:45 a.m.
The Leading Edge: Where is the Industry Headed?
From 100% renewable portfolio standards and community choice aggregation in California to new initiatives in Washington and Oregon and the future of the western grid, get a sneak peek at what the future might hold for your utility as western utility and elected officials discuss their energy goals. Whether you operate on the West Coast or not, you’ll learn a lot from this discussion.

Larry Weis, General Manager and CEO, Seattle City Light, Washington

11:45 a.m. – 1 p.m.
Lunch Keynote
Smart Cities: San Diego
Cleantech San Diego’s Smart Cities San Diego initiative brings together public, private, and academic leaders from across San Diego to advance the region’s collective smart cities goals. The group is leading efforts around electric vehicle adoption and charging infrastructure, net zero living, intelligent streetlights, and smart building projects at local landmark locations such as the port, airport, baseball park, bayfront, and more. Learn how this collaborative approach to smart cities projects is bringing together the right stakeholders to help make the San Diego region a leader in the smart cities movement.

Jason Anderson, President and CEO, Cleantech San Diego, California

1 – 1:15 p.m.
Break

1:15 – 2:45 p.m.
Electric Vehicles: Driving the Grid
The U.S. has more than 400,000 electric vehicles on the road, and that number is steadily increasing. Automakers are helping the utility industry develop and standardize EV charging infrastructure, while customers are looking to the utility for guidance as a trusted energy advisor. Utilities must understand the system impacts and customer requirements associated with electric vehicles and prepare their systems to support the increased adoption of EVs. Learn how new developments and advances in EVs will impact your utility.

David Wright, General Manager, Los Angeles Department of Water & Power, California

2:45 – 3 p.m.
Break


 

3 – 4:30 p.m.
Implementing Solar Today While Looking Toward the Future
Whether it’s rooftop, community, or utility-scale solar, lots of public power utilities are engaging in solar options. Hear about the challenges and opportunities for existing utility programs, and learn where the solar industry is heading.

Martin Adams, Chief Operating Officer, Los Angeles Department of Water & Power, California; Ed Shikada, General Manager and Assistant City Manager, City of Palo Alto Utilities, California

4:30 – 5:30 p.m.
Roundtable Discussions
Discuss with fellow attendees the policy/regulation, operations, and communications challenges covered throughout the day.

5:30 – 6:30 p.m.
Reception
Relax and network with your public power peers.

 

Tuesday, December 12

8 – 8:30 a.m.
Registration & Coffee

8:30 – 9:45 a.m.
The Evolving Future of Energy Storage
Energy storage is a key component of the country’s ability to transition to renewables. Technological advances, reduced costs, and mandates from regulators have positioned energy storage for unprecedented growth. But while technology is rapidly maturing, there are still significant challenges to overcome. Hear from energy storage experts on where we are and what to expect in the future.

Kevin Kelley, General Manager, Imperial Irrigation District, Imperial, California; and Commissioner Carla Peterman, California Public Utilities Commission, San Francisco, California.

9:45 – 10 a.m.
Break

10 – 11:15 a.m.
Microgrids of the Future
While microgrids may not be for everyone, they may be a key solution for customers who need to disconnect from the grid, including military bases, data centers, and other customers who want to shift to onsite resources when there are outages. Hear the latest developments in microgrid deployment, its capabilities, and future opportunities.

Dr. Robert B. Schainker, Senior Technical Executive, Electric Power Research Institute, Palo Alto, California

11:15 – Noon
Closing Discussion: Designing a Strategy for Moving Forward
Association staff will lead this utilities-only roundtable discussion on issues addressed at the summit, policies, tools, and other topics of interest to attendees.

Noon
Adjourn


Registration

 


Summit Registration Fees

  Register on/before Nov. 13 After Nov. 13
Association Member $645 $695
Nonmember $1,290 $1,340

Not an APPA member? Join today and save $645 on your conference registration. Call Member Services at 202-467-2926 to learn more.

Meals
The following food functions/meals are included in the registration fee (all other meals are on your own):

  • Morning and afternoon beverage breaks (Monday/Tuesday)
  • Monday lunch
  • Monday networking reception

Attire/Travel
The attire for the 2017 Public Power Forward Summit is business casual. Since meeting room temperatures vary, please prepare to dress for cool conditions. Temperatures in San Francisco, California for the summit dates range from an average high of 58 degrees to an average low of 47 degrees.

Transportation
The Intercontinental Mark Hopkins is located 15 miles from San Francisco International Airport. The estimated taxi rate is $54.

Travel Cost Policy
Travel arrangements and costs are the responsibility of the meeting participants. The Association will not reimburse for changes in travel expenditures regardless of the cause, including the cancellation of a course, meeting or workshop.

 


 

Registration Cancellation Policy
Registrants who cancel in writing on or before December 4, 2017, are entitled to a refund of their registration fee, minus a $50 cancellation fee. Registrants who cancel after December 4 will not receive a refund, but attendee substitutions will be allowed for the 2017 Public Power Forward Summit. Registrants and no-shows who do not cancel before or on December 4 are responsible for the full registration fee and are not entitled to a refund of their registration fee. Cancellations must be made in writing and mailed or e-mailed to:

Registration
American Public Power Association
2451 Crystal Drive, Suite 1000
Arlington, VA 22202
Email: Registration@PublicPower.org

More Information
Registration / Hotel / Program / Billing Questions
If you have questions about the meeting, please contact any of the staff listed below:

Registration Information – registration team:
Phone: 202/467-2941; Fax: 202/495-7505; Email: Registration@PublicPower.org

Hotel Information – meeting services team:
Phone: 202/467-2941; Fax: 202/495-7505; Email: Meetings@PublicPower.org

Program/Content Information – education team:
Phone: 202/467-2921; Email: EducationInfo@PublicPower.org

Billing Information – accounting and finance team:
Phone: 202/467-2967; Fax: 202/495-7467; Email: Finance@PublicPower.org


Hotel

Location
The Public Power Forward Summit will take place at the:

Intercontinental Mark Hopkins Hotel
999 California Street
San Francisco, CA 94108

Reservations
Main Telephone
: 415-392-3434

Group Rates: Single/Double $219 per night, (plus tax, 16.5%)

Reservation Cut-off Date: November 15, 2017

Reservation Telephone: 1-877-834-3613.

Group Code: “W0V” or “Power Forward Summit”

Online Reservation Link: Public Power Forward Summit(original link embedded here due to length)

Logistics
Check-in
: 3 p.m. / Check-out: Noon

Parking Fee: Valet Parking: $64.98 per day

In-Room Wireless: Complimentary standard wireless internet

About the Hotel
With a local legacy and grand architectural character that make it one of the most celebrated luxury hotels in San Francisco, the InterContinental Mark Hopkins is a landmark Nob Hill destination with breathtaking views of the Bay Area. Offering an experience of class and character, this historic hotel has been updated with modern amenities, high-tech features and elegant design. With unbeatable views, luxurious accommodations and historic charm, the sophisticated San Francisco hotel is an ideal choice for travelers who appreciate the finer things in life.

Hotel Reservations & Cancellation Policy
The cut-off date to receive the group rate (plus tax) is Wednesday, November 15, 2017.  If rooms remain in the block after the cut-off date, the group rate will be honored.  If not, you may be charged a higher rate.  The room block may sell out before November 15, 2017, so early reservations are encouraged. For individual reservations call 1-877-834-3613 and reference “W0V” or “Power Forward Summit,” or make your reservation online. The Mark Hopkins Hotel should receive all reservations no later than November 15.

Cancelled reservations that are not resold may become a financial liability for the Association, so please make your reservations thoughtfully.  If you require additional assistance with housing please contact Meeting Services at 202-467-2941 or meetings@publicpower.org.

Scam Alert
Do NOT make hotel reservations through any third party that may contact you by phone or email. Use only the online reservation links, phone numbers, and discount codes available directly from the Association—in conference brochures and the website at www.PublicPower.org.

Assistance
For assistance making your hotel arrangements, please contact Meeting Services at 202/467-2941 or Meetings@PublicPower.org.


Sponsors

Elite Sponsor – NEW!
Limited to one sponsor
Member:               $5,000
Nonmember:        $7,000

Benefits

  1. Logo featured prominently on all Public Power Forward pages on www.PublicPower.org
  2. Logo on branded hotel key cards
    Commit by October 17 to ensure inclusion.
  3. Logo on the cover of the summit preliminary program
    Commit by July 21 to ensure inclusion
  4. Logo on the cover of the onsite program
    Commit by November 11 to ensure inclusion.
  5. Logo on a dedicated sign at the registration desk throughout the duration of the summit
  6. Electronic pre- and post-workshop attendee lists
    Name, title, organization, U.S. postal address. Association policy prevents the sharing of attendee emails and phone numbers.
  7. Identifying sponsor ribbon on your representatives’ nametags
  8. Four complimentary summit registrations, which enable your representatives to attend summit sessions and social events
  9. First right of refusal for 2018 Public Power Forward Summit Elite Sponsorship

Diamond Sponsor
Limited to five sponsors
Member: $3,500
Nonmember: $5,500

Benefits

  1. Logo featured on all Public Power Forward Summit pages on www.PublicPower.org
  2. Logo on the cover of the summit preliminary program
    Commit by July 21 to ensure inclusion.
  3. Logo on the cover of the onsite program
    Commit by November 11 to ensure inclusion.
  4. Logo on a sign with other Diamond sponsors at the registration desk throughout the duration of the workshop
  5. Electronic pre- and post-summit attendee lists
    Name, title, organization, U.S. postal address. Association policy prevents the sharing of attendee emails and phone numbers.
  6. Identifying sponsor ribbon on your representatives’ nametags
  7. Three complimentary summit registrations, which enable your representatives to attend summit sessions and social events
  8. First right of refusal for 2018 Public Power Forward Summit Diamond Sponsorship

Platinum Sponsor
Limited to seven sponsors.
Member: $2,500
Nonmember: $4,500

Benefits

  1. Logo with hyperlink on the Public Power Forward Summit Agenda/Registration page on www.PublicPower.org
  2. Logo in the summit preliminary program
    Commit by July 21 to ensure inclusion.
  3. Logo in the onsite program
    Commit by November 11 to ensure inclusion.
  4. Logo on signage at the summit lunch
  5. Electronic pre- and post-summit attendee lists
    Name, title, organization, U.S. postal address. Association policy prevents the sharing of attendee emails and phone numbers.
  6. Identifying sponsor ribbon on your representatives’ nametags
  7. Two complimentary summit registrations, which enable your representatives to attend summit sessions and social events
  8. First right of refusal for 2018 Public Power Forward Summit Platinum Sponsorship

Silver Sponsor
Unlimited number of sponsors
Member: $1,500
Nonmember: $3,500

Benefits

  1. Logo with hyperlink on the Public Power Forward Summit Hotel/Location page on www.PublicPower.org
  2. Logo in the summit preliminary program
    Commit by July 21 to ensure inclusion.
  3. Logo in the onsite program
    Commit by November 11 to ensure inclusion.
  4. Logo on signage during refreshment breaks
  5. Electronic pre- and post-summit attendee lists
    Name, title, organization, U.S. postal address. Association policy prevents the sharing of attendee emails and phone numbers.
  6. Identifying sponsor ribbon on your representatives’ nametags
  7. One complimentary summit registration, which enables your representative to attend summit sessions and social events

More Information

Download the Public Power Forward Summit sponsor prospectus
Download the Public Power Forward Summit sponsor commitment form
Become a corporate associate member and save money on this event!

 

For More Information about Sponsorship Opportunities, Vendor Expos, and Corporate Membership
Pamela Cowen
Director, Membership & Marketing
202.467.2903; PCowen@PublicPower.org