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Stay on top of the trends and ahead of the curve with virtual education offerings from the APPA Academy. Programs range from online courses and virtual events that allow you to interact with other attendees, to on-demand resources that let you learn on your own schedule. Join the Electric Vehicle Interest Group, the Rate Design Interest Group, and working groups to participate in regular topical webinars and meetings. Looking to host a webinar on your product or service? Learn more about PublicPowerX webinars.

Strengthening Your RP3 Application Webinar Series

May 8, 15, 23 & 29
If you are thinking about applying for the Reliable Public Power Provider (RP3) designation, join us for this free webinar series to hear how you can strengthen your application from the RP3 Review Panel. Each webinar will review the critical areas of utility operation that are captured in the four main sections of the application: reliability, safety, workforce development, and system improvement. Each webinar includes time for Q&A with the panel members so you can get further clarity on your application process. 

Facilitating Order to Create Productive Utility Board Meetings

May 21
Get an in-depth orientation to Robert’s Rules of Order — the most common authority for parliamentary procedure — and how you can apply these rules to making board and city council meetings more productive and equitable. Get guidelines, tips, and tools to navigate common challenges around board meetings.

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Final Power Sector Greenhouse Gas Emission Rules

May 23
On April 25, 2024, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) issued the final Carbon Pollution Standards for greenhouse gas emissions (GHG) from the electric power sector—the rule package addresses reducing carbon dioxide emissions from coal-fired power plants and new gas-fired generation. Learn about the key features of the final GHG rules and hear about the rule's implications for public power utilities as they evaluate resource adequacy during the transition to lower and non-emitting generation resources.

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Introduction to Tennessee Valley Authority’s R&D Portfolio for DEED Members

May 28
Join the American Public Power Association and the Tennessee Valley Authority on May 28, 2024, from 2-3 p.m. ET to explore TVA’s vast research and development portfolio, discover TVA’s efforts to develop the energy system of the future, and learn how DEED members can utilize these resources to advance their own public power R&D efforts forward. We will also invite DEED members to share their current R&D projects and ideas they may have for future DEED projects.

PublicPowerX Webinar: Protecting the Grid - Understanding Physical Security and Ballistic Attacks on Substations

May 30
Blackouts. Data loss. Emergency communications disrupted. These aren't just movie scenes - they're the potential consequences of a growing threat: ballistic attacks on substations. The good news? You can take steps to protect your utility's assets and critical infrastructure. Join Permacast Walls to discuss attacks, threat analysis, CIP-014, physical security solutions, and ballistic walls for utilities.

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Rate Design Interest Group Webinar on Net Energy Metering

June 20
Join this webinar to hear the key findings in the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine publication, The Role of Net Metering in the Evolving Electricity System. Discover how net metering fits in the context of alternative transactional mechanisms and incentives, and how it relates to a decarbonized, equitable, and resilient electricity system.


On-Demand Learning Resources

Hear from industry experts and grow your knowledge at a pace that works for you.


Check out our library of on-demand webinars and courses. Each purchase includes access to the recording(s), as well as copies of the presentations or study guides.

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Public Power 101 is an on-demand course – offered free to APPA members – designed to give you a deeper understanding of the electric utility landscape, where public power fits in, the unique benefits of the public power business model, and an overview of the different governance structures. Learn about the three main types of utility ownership, their defining characteristics, and market share. Hear about public power’s unique attributes, benefits, and the importance of communicating these to customers and stakeholders.

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The Public Power Governance Essentials on-demand series offers a convenient way to get up-to-speed on the nuts and bolts of governance requirements, such as complying with charters and bylaws, reporting conflicts of interest, understanding duties and legal obligations, and facilitating an effective board meeting. Review other keys to governance success, including how to communicate effectively, meaningfully monitor performance, foster accountability, and much more. Fifteen learning modules (typically 12-25 minutes each) are specially designed to help you build the skills necessary to become a productive board member that contributes to the long-term success of your organization.


The Key Accounts Certificate Program is offered in-person, in-house, or through a self-paced online option. Completing the on-demand option allows you to work through the program requirements at your own pace. 

key The Advanced Key Accounts Certificate Program is your path to take your key accounts program to the next level. Fast-track your way to certification by joining a cohort group that will work through the new on-demand Advanced Key Accounts Certificate Program curriculum together over five weeks. Added benefits include: one-on-one conversations with the instructor to reinforce and workshop concepts, new tips and tools to apply immediately.