Agenda at a Glance


For more information about conference sessions, including descriptions and speakers, click the links on the session titles.

Sunday, October 8

8:30 a.m. - Noon
NERC Reliability Compliance: Risk-Based Enforcement, Updating your Internal Compliance Program, "Above-and-Beyond" Investments, and Current NERC Initiatives

1:30 - 5 p.m.
Pole Attachments Law and Practices: Wireless Attachments and Other New and Emerging Developments

1:30 - 5 p.m.
Environmental Issues Roundtable (Free Meeting)
The Environmental Issues Roundtable is not eligible for CLEs or other continuing education credit. This roundtable is open only to direct employees of APPA member utilities, joint action agencies, or state/regional associations; no outside counsel, consultants, vendors may attend.

5:30 - 7 p.m.
Welcome Reception

 

Monday, October 9

7 - 8:15 a.m.
Women in Public Power Networking Breakfast

7:30 - 8:30 a.m.
Networking Continental Breakfast

8:30 - 9 a.m.
Opening General Session and Board Chair Remarks
Walter Haase, General Manager, Navajo Tribal Utility Authority, Fort Defiance, Arizona, and 2017-18 Chair, American Public Power Association

9:15 - 10:45 a.m.
Lessons Learned from a Deadly Gas Pipeline Explosion: Record Fines, Felony Convictions, Corporate Misconduct and Regulatory Overhaul

11 a.m. - Noon
Breakout Sessions

  • Public Power Participation in Western Power Markets
  • Cybersecurity Preparedness and Supply Chain Risk Management in the Electric Sector

Noon - 1:30 p.m.
Lunch (on your own)

1:30 - 2:15 p.m.
Breakout Sessions

  • Decarbonization: The End of the RTO Mission Creep?
  • Contract Drafting & Negotiation: Part 1

2:30 - 3:15 p.m.
Breakout Sessions

  • FERC's Storage and Distributed Energy Resources Aggregation NOPR: Jurisdictional Challenges
  • Contract Drafting & Negotiation: Part 2

3:30 - 4:15 p.m.
Breakout Sessions

  • PURPA: The Latest Developments for Electric Utilities
  • Hot-Button Labor Issues in the Current Political Climate

4:30 - 5:15 p.m.
Breakout Sessions

  • Essential Reliability Services (including Distributed Energy Resources)
  • Legal Issues with Random Drug Testing for Employees

5:15 - 6:30 p.m.
Reception

 

Tuesday, October 10

7 - 8:15 a.m.
A Manager's Really Bad Day: Crisis Scenarios (A Breakfast Panel)

7:30 - 8:30 a.m.
Networking Continental Breakfast

8:30 - 9:30 a.m.
Federal Legislative and Regulatory Update

9:45 - 10:45 a.m.
Breakout Sessions

  • Federal Hydropower Panel
  • Protecting Your Enterprise from Vendor Bankruptcies

11 a.m. - Noon
Breakout Sessions

  • Transmission for Public Power: Still Not a Level Playing Field
  • Power Sector Clean Water Outlook: (De)regulation and Litigation in the New Administration

Noon - 1:30 p.m.
Lunch (on your own)

1:30 - 2:15 p.m.
Breakout Sessions

  • Direct Renewable Access: Meeting Customer Demand for Carbon-Free Resources in the Public Power World
  • Electrifying the Transportation Sector: Challenges, Strategies and Opportunities

2:30 - 3:15 p.m.
Breakout Sessions

  • Navigating the Transmission Boom: Toward a Customer Bill of Rights
  • Recent Electric Utility Trends from a Tribal Perspective

3:30 - 4:30 p.m.
Ethics and Technology

4:30 - 5:30 p.m.
Young Professionals Happy Hour

 

Wednesday, October 11

7:30 - 8:30 a.m.
Networking Continental Breakfast

8:30 - 9:15 a.m.
Breakout Sessions

  • Trends and Emerging Issues Affecting Wholesale Transmission Rates
  • How New FEMA Changes Impact Public Power

9:30 - 10:15 a.m.
Breakout Sessions

  • Green Energy Tariff Designs
  • Managing Risks through Relationships

10:30 - 11:30 a.m.
Recent Developments in Legal Ethics

11:30 a.m.
Conference Adjourns