Conference

Engineering & Operations Conference

The conference of choice for public power professionals charged with designing, developing, and maintaining the nation's electric system.
April 30 - May 3, 2023
Pasadena, California
Sponsors

Your Challenges, Shared Solutions 

The Engineering & Operations Conference is APPA’s annual meeting—attracting over 400 utility professionals, industry experts and suppliers—to share information, discover best practices, and learn from case studies. 

Meet other utility professionals—both veterans and those new to the electric utility industry—and share ideas and experiences in four critical areas: 

  • Environmental Issues
  • Grid Modernization 
  • Safety
  • Transmission & Distribution 

Co-hosted by:

            

Topics

Conference attendees get the latest information from experts in their fields, learn about the national issues and industry-wide activities and trends that are affecting their communities and utilities, network and share experiences and strategies for dealing with key issues and challenges including: 

  • Distributed energy resources; environmental regulations; technology innovations; reliability, safety and mutual aid; security; system planning, forecasting and modeling; and operational resilience and process improvement. 

Who Should Attend

Conference sessions are designed for utility employees at both the professional and management levels. 

Attendees typically include vice presidents, superintendents, directors, managers, engineers, and safety and training personnel. Electric utility directors, city managers, and future leaders, will also benefit from learning more about these strategic areas and making connections with the national public power community.

Serve as an Officer

Utility employees play a vital role in planning the conference to bring you important topics. Incoming Vice Chairs for committees will be selected in February. Email [email protected] if you are interested in taking a leadership position in the conference by serving as an officer for one of the following tracks:

  • Environmental 
  • Grid modernization
  • Safety
  • Transmission & distribution 

Contact Us

Registration: [email protected]

Program/Content: [email protected]

Hotel: [email protected]

Billing: [email protected]

Program

The Engineering & Operations Conference offers three days of keynotes, breakout sessions, and networking opportunities—Sunday, April 30 – Wednesday May 3.

  • Pre-conference seminars on Sunday are a great value-add.
  • General sessions bring everyone together on broader issues.
  • Breakout sessions dive deeper into four key areas: environmental services, grid modernization and innovation, safety, and transmission and distribution. 
  • Networking events and the Public Power NextTech Expo provide connection opportunities. 

 

Agenda at a Glance

  Environmental

Environmental

Grid Modernization

Grid Modernization

Transmission & Distribution

Transmission
& Distribution

Safety

Safety

Industry Spotlight

Industry Spotlights

Monday , May 1

8:45 - 10 am Opening General Session
Chair's Address
Culture by Design, the Xbox Way
10:30 - 11:45 am Federal Regulatory Overview Broadband and 5G Deployment Supply Chain Strategies Key Updates to the APPA Safety Manual  
1:15 - 2:30 pm Getting Ahead of Compliance Requirements Managing Risk with High Load Customers Asset Management: Predicting the Future Grounding Procedures: An In-Depth Review  
3 - 4:15 pm Managing PFAS Contamination Scaling Up Public EV Charging  How to Do a Root Cause Analysis  
4:15 - 5:15 pm   Walking Tour: Marengo EV Charging Plaza (optional)    
           

Tuesday, May 2

8:45 - 10 am General Session & Awards
The Common Sense Clean Energy Revolution
10:30 - 11:45 am Building Resilience in a Changing Environment Enable Data-driven Processes with AMI Using the Incident Command System Guide for Electric Utilities Joint Action Agency/State and Regional Association Roundtable
1:15 - 2:30 pm Emerging Technologies: Replacing Fossil Fuels Renewables: Risks and Rewards Putting Your Community First in Disaster Planning Utilizing Safety Metrics to Better Assess Risk  
3 - 4:15 pm Environmental Roundtable Deploying Mobile Microgrids Using Selective Relays to Reduce Faults Job Site Safety and Hazard Assessment

Industry Spotlight: Automated Thermal Patrol 

           

Wednesday, May 3

8:45 - 10 am Closing General Session
127 Hours: Turning Adversity to Advantage

 

Conference Program

Sunday, April 30

8:30 am – 5 pm

Pre-conference Seminars
Preconference seminars offer more time to learn from experienced instructors in smaller groups. In these courses you will gain expert insights, learn from practical case studies, and develop strategies and tactics on the critical challenges you face. Each seminar requires an additional fee

 

8:30 am – Noon
Key National Electrical Safety Code (NESC) Changes for Public Power
Be ready to implement the changes reflected in the 2023 edition of the National Electrical Safety Code, which went into effect February 1. Take a section-by-section walkthrough of the revisions and discuss how the new standards might affect your safety processes in the design, construction, operation, and maintenance of electric and communication systems. Bring your questions about any rule interpretations or compliance issues and learn about sources for help in implementing the latest standards from the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers.

Brent McKinney, P.E., Principal, TFB Consulting (retired from City Utilities of Springfield, Missouri)

 

1:30 – 5 pm 
Utility Planning for Transportation Electrification
Understand the basic building blocks of how to plan for load growth related to electric vehicle charging—including plotting out likely load growth, expected load shapes, and ideal load locations for light-, medium-, and heavy-duty vehicle charging. Review the latest market forecasts and trends in charging technology and how to use different techniques for projecting electric vehicle adoption in your community and the resulting energy and capacity needs. Discuss how you can prepare for and hedge against a variety of potential grid impacts, from resource planning considerations to developing transportation-specific rates and service policies.

Bill Boyce, Principal, Bill Boyce Consulting, LLC (retired from Sacramento Municipal Utility District, California)

5 – 6:30 pm 

Welcome Reception with Sponsors (Public Power NextTech Expo

 

Monday, May 1

7:30 – 8:30 am. 

  • Breakfast with Sponsors (Public Power NextTech Expo) 
  • Newcomers Breakfast

8:45 – 10 am

Opening General Session

  • Chair's Address

    Anthony Cannon, General Manager, Greenville Utilities Commission, North Carolina; and Chair, American Public Power Association
     
  • Culture by Design, the Xbox Way
    When organizations look to foster a culture of resilience, the most common mistake is to take an open-ended "organic" approach, hoping that teams will creatively evolve themselves. In building Microsoft's enormously successful Xbox business, Robbie Bach discovered the opposite is true: a resilient culture—one that engenders creativity and adaptability in the face of change—must be built by design. Learn how to align remote and in-person teams along Bach's strategic framework—of one clear purpose, five operating principles, and five priorities—to build a culture that works.

    Robbie Bach, Innovation expert, former Chief Xbox Officer for Microsoft, and author

10 – 10:30 am 

Break with Sponsors (Public Power NextTech Expo) 

10:30 – 11:45 am

Breakout Sessions

  • Federal Regulatory Overview Environmental 
    Get an update on the most important upcoming federal environmental rulemakings and review how several recent regulatory and legal events have affected the public power sector. Discuss a diverse suite of changes to air, water, and waste issues, such as the greenhouse gas emissions requirements for new and existing power plants. 
     
  • Broadband and 5G Deployment Grid Modernization
    As the U.S. prepares to make an unprecedented investment in both energy and broadband infrastructure, utility poles will be a central figure in how quickly deployments happen – and how much they cost. However, running fiber or attaching 5G components to existing utility poles may require a makeready process before they can support these deployments. Discuss the implications and requirements for utilities, including potential options to leverage federal funding and how policies and interconnection standards for 5G deployments can affect make-ready assessments. Hear one utility's process for working on or near a small-cell 5G or Distribution Antenna System and their shutdown procedure.

    Chad Wolfe, Operations Manager, Finley Enegineering Company, Inc., Lamar, Missouri; and Tim Stankiewicz, P.E., MBA, Power Plant Principal Engineer, Fayetteville Public Works Commission, North Carolina
  • Key Updates to the APPA Safety Manual Safety
    Join members of the safety manual revision task force to review the significant changes in the 17th Edition of the APPA Safety Manual, newly released in 2023. Get your questions answered on what new guidelines, including aerial lift devices and a new grounding section, mean for your utility.

    Tom Bruhl, Electric Utility Supervisor, City of Naperville, Illinois; and Anthony Calascibetta, CUSP, Safety & Risk Manager, Town of Danvers Electric Division, Massachusetts
     
  • Supply Chain Strategies Transmission & Distribution 
    From adjusting contract language to forming new partnerships and beyond, utility supply chain managers have gotten creative to adapt to ongoing supply chain constraints, especially for distribution transformers. Learn how utilities and distributors are tackling the issue, and what options utilities of all sizes have in alleviating the problem in the short and long term. Ask questions and share experiences with peers from across the nation.

    Scott Cochenour, Vice President of Sales, Utility Services, Wesco, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania; and Shawndra Curry, Division Manager of Engineering, Bryan Texas Utilities, Texas

11:45 am – 1:15 pm 

Lunch (on your own)

1:15 – 2:30 pm 

Breakout Sessions

  • Getting Ahead of Compliance Requirements Environmental  
    Environmental managers at public power utilities can take proactive measures to stay ahead of environmental compliance obligations. Share experiences and best practices, including conducting self-audits, record-keeping and data collection tips, CEMS calibration, and other process improvements. 

    Trista Gregorski, P.E., Safety & Regulatory Compliance Manager, Holland Board of Public Works, Michigan; and Michael Watt, Environmental Engineer, Oklahoma Municipal Power Authority
     
  • Managing Risk with High Load Customers Grid Modernization 
    High demand customers — including electric vehicle charging stations, cryptocurrency miners, and cannabis growers — can bring in significant sales and revenue, but could place high burdens on the electric grid or have unpredictable load. Explore strategies that have worked for public power utilities to mitigate risk and manage these loads – from rate design and demand response programs to line extension policies and contract specifications.

    John Steinberger, Senior Manager - Business and Growth, Distributed Energy Management & EVs, Itron, Charlotte, N.C.
     
  • Grounding Procedures: An In-Depth Review from APPA's New Safety Manual Safety
    The 17th Edition of APPA’s Safety Manual is here and includes several updated grounding requirements for overhead and underground distribution systems. Participate in a thorough review of all grounding procedures and how you can implement them at your utility, and ask questions and share examples with your peers.

    Sam Holt, Utility Training Analyst, City of Tallahassee, Florida; and Greg Labbe, Electric Operations Manager, Lafayette Utilities Systems, Louisiana
     
  • Asset Management: Predicting the Future Transmission & Distribution 
    The advancement of asset management has led to a significant increase in the quantity and quality of asset-related data. Unfortunately, asset data predominantly resides in multiple information systems or databases that are not connected. A manual, static process is often required to get the necessary data to support decision-making. Learn how one utility used data integration and predictive asset management analysis to proactively manage assets through condition monitoring, long-range capital planning, risk management, and financial planning. Get a glimpse into their asset management information system, its data flow architecture, and the benefits of their proactive planning process.

    Troy Adams, P.E., General Manager, and Scott Karbon, P.E., Engineering Manager — Manitowac Public Utilities, Wisconsin; and Colin Chung, Kayuga Solutions, Irvine, California 

2:30 – 3 pm

Break with Sponsors (Public Power NextTech Expo) 

3 – 4:15 pm 

Breakout Sessions

  • Managing PFAS Contamination Environmental 
    EPA has listed PFAS as a hazardous chemical under the Superfund law, and further rulemaking on how utilities and other entities can treat or remove PFAS is coming soon. Review what rules are under consideration for this "forever chemical," and what these changes mean for managing and mitigating PFAS contamination and other ways that public power waste management could be affected. 
     
  • How to Do a Root Cause AnalysisSafety 
    The key to developing solutions is identifying the key problem. Learn about root cause analysis and how to leverage this technique to effectively manage your utility's challenges. Get an outline of common techniques, walk through practical examples, and discuss how to implement this analysis in your organization. 

    Travis Hoops, Safety Systems and Processes, Omaha Public Power District, Nebraska
     
  • Scaling Up Public EV Charging Grid Modernization Transmission & Distribution 
    Hear how Pasadena Water & Power installed multiple public EV fast charging plazas (including multi-megawatt installations) across its territory. Discuss the variety of third-party partnerships, funding sources, and customer programs that are being built around the plazas and dive into how PWP forecasts load for the sites and prepared its system accordingly. After the session, join a guided tour of the Marengo Charging Plaza, which is one block from the Convention Center.

    Marvin Moon, Assistant General Manager, Power Delivery, and Evan Johnson, EV Program Manager, Pasadena Water & Power, California
     
  • Industry Spotlight Session: Automated Thermal Patrol Industry Spotlight
    There are many inspection methods used for annual patrol requirements, but how do utilities document the patrol most effectively? This seminar will focus on a system-wide inspection and patrol concept, tested in rural Nebraska in 2022, that yielded a documented inspection of more than 19,000 poles in fewer than seven nights. This method proved the feasibility of conducting an entire system patrol in less than a month. This session will cover those key findings and considerations in obtaining the financial ROI.

    Dusty Birge, CEO, Fast Forward, Lincoln, Nebraska
4:15 – 5:15 pm Optional Tour!
Visit Pasadena's Marengo Charging Plaza
After the last breakout session, attendees are invited to take a short walk to visit the Marengo Charging Plaza, the largest public DC Fast Charging Plaza in the U.S. (a joint project with Tesla) that incorporates all three fast-charging standards (with a total of 44 DC fast chargers: 20 PWP Universal Chargers and 24 Tesla Chargers). The tour will last about 30 minutes and look at the 2.5MW utility service, as well as the rooftop switchgear and the DC fast chargers in use. Plan on one hour total for the tour (including walking time).

Tuesday, May 2

7:30 – 8:30 am

  • Breakfast with Sponsors (Public Power NextTech Expo)
  • Women in Public Power Networking Breakfast

8:45 – 10 am

General Session 

  • Honoring our Colleagues: RP3 Designations and Safety Awards
     
  • The Common Sense Clean Energy Revolution
    As more voices weigh in on what the electric system of the future should look like, utilities and the power sector are feeling pressure to defend their long-term planning and try out new approaches. There is no one-size-fits-all pathway to transitioning to clean energy, but there are ample opportunities to try out new technologies and an emerging suite of tested, common-sense solutions. Explore climate policy and clean energy trends from around the U.S. and the world, including what people and businesses say they really want for our energy future and what technologies venture capitalists are investing in. Learn what you can do to position your organization to take advantage of the energy investments that make sense for you and influence the energy use and policy changes in your community.

    Barry Moline, Executive Director, California Municipal Utilities Association, speaker, and author

10 – 10:30 am

Break with Sponsors (Public Power NextTech Expo) 

10:30 – 11:45 am 

Breakout Sessions

  • Building Resilience in a Changing Climate Environmental 
    Explore how public power utilities have rebounded from natural disasters and other major events what measures utilities can take to mitigate the effects of the increasing intensity and frequency of events like droughts, wildfires, and flooding on the power grid. From the generation mix to system design, discuss which aspects of long-term planning utilities are adjusting to create a more resilient and reliable system.

    Sonya Baskerville, Manager, National Relations, Bonneville Power Administration (BPA), Portland, Oregon
     
  • Enable Data-driven Processes with AMI  Grid Modernization 
    Walk through one public power utility’s AMI journey, from how its team rolled out the meter deployment to how engineers and other staff leverage data from AMI to enable near real-time business processes . Discuss different opportunities to tap into the value of the data from AMI, review challenges in navigating and putting the data to its use, and other insights from the experience.

    Keith Hogan, Project Engineer, Huntsville Utilities, Alabama; and Jeremy Indridason, Principal Program Manager, Trynzic, Fargo, North Dakota
     
  • Using the Incident Command System Guide for Electric Utilities   Safety Transmission & Distribution 
    Learn about the value of the Incident Command System and walk through APPA’s new guide on the system to learn how it can be used to support safe and efficient restoration and mutual aid operations. Hear how utilities have scaled the system and put its principles into place and other related resources to help you understand and implement the framework.

    J.T. Flick, Director, Crisis Management, New York Power Authority; and Todd Simmons, General Manager, Tillamook People's Utility District, Washington
     
  • Joint Action Agency/State and Regional Association Roundtable
    Join your peers from other joint action agencies and state and regional associations to network and share your challenges and triumphs in providing value to your members. 

11:45 am – 1:15 pm 

Lunch (on your own)

1:15 – 2:30 pm 

Breakout Sessions

  • Emerging Technologies: Replacing Fossil Fuels Environmental 
    Successful transition from fossil-fuel based generating resources to alternative sources, or adding emerging environmental technologies such as carbon capture utilization and storage, requires careful planning and community involvement. Hear several examples from public power on what made for a successful transition and where to expect bumps in the road. 

    Mandip Samra, Head of Power Supply, Burbank Water and Power, Burbank, California; and Gary Ivory, General Manager, Douglas County Public Utility District, East Wenatchee, Washington 
     
  • Renewables: Risk and Rewards Grid Modernization 
    As more utilities are developing renewable generating capacity, a broad spectrum of experiences and perspectives on implementing these sources has emerged. Explore the range of opportunities and challenges related to power quality, reliability, efficiency, and cost associated with using a higher proportion of renewable generation in the utility’s fuel mix.  

    Paul Eory, Lansing Board of Water & Light, Michigan; Ed Kobeszka, U.S. Business Development Director, Expertpower, St. Louis, Missouri; Brandon Robinson, Electrical Engineering Supervisor, City of Banning, California; and Paul Zummo, Director, Research and Development, APPA 
     
  • Utilizing Safety Metrics to Better Assess Risk Safety 
    Your safety data can tell a very different story depending on how you look at it. Explore new ways to assess your utility’s safety and risk, from assigning weight to injuries based on serious injury rates and significant incidents to using learning models to convey potential severity of risk – and identify priority areas. 

    Sara McCoy, Director of Safety and Risk Management, Salt River Project, Arizona 
     
  • Putting Your Community First in Disaster Planning Transmission & Distribution 
    While Disasters can strike without warning, proactive disaster planning can help your utility be prepared to respond so that your community faces as minimal effects as possible. A panel of utility representatives will share their experiences in responding to events — including load shedding and shifting — and how their planning prepared their teams to respond. 

    Scott Benson, Manager, Resource & Transition Planning, Lincoln Electric System, Nebraska; Randy Trimble, Executive Director, Energy Delivery, Bryan Texas Utilities, Texas; and California utility speaker  

2:30 – 3 pm

Break with Sponsors (Public Power NextTech Expo) 

3 – 4:15 pm 

Breakout Sessions

  • Environmental Roundtable Environmental 
    Join your peers for an engaging networking session to discuss the latest and most pressing environmental challenges and regulatory obligations affecting public power day-to-day operations. Topics are your choice but may include: natural gas supply chain, calibration gas availability, workforce shortages, permitting and siting, water usage, or start-up, shutdown and malfunction regulatory changes.
     
  • Deploying Mobile Microgrids Grid Modernization 
    Mobile microgrids, powered by solar and battery storage, aren’t just for emergencies, but could be used for other short-term needs such as county fairs, farmers markets, and seasonal wastewater treatment processes. Discuss how microgrid projects could align with new and expanded federal incentives for microgrid development, and review the latest best practices for siting and operationalizing battery storage systems to make public power utility services more reliable and resilient.

    Brian Curran, Engineer, MPR Associates, North Attleboro, Massachusetts 
     
  • Job Site Safety and Hazard Assessment  Safety 
    Skilled high-voltage electrical workers may understand the risks on the job site, but there are times when others may be on a job site without fully understanding or being attentive to risk. Review the safety measures and dynamics of performing safely as a team, including the minimum requirements for a safe job site, education and safety messaging for everyone, and when to call for assistance. 

    Erin Hollinshead, Executive Director, SafeElectricity.org, Springfield, Illinois; and Scott McKenzie, Director of Member Training and Safety, American Municipal Power, Inc., Columbus, Ohio
     
  • Using Selective Relays to Reduce Faults Transmission & Distribution 
    Faced with the challenge of increased arc flash incident energy and substation bus faults, learn how Wilson Energy used selective relay elements to reduce the energy when needed to ensure worker safety. Get an overview of how the utility deployed the elements, what they would have changed in the process, and other lessons learned. Additionally hear how they added communications-assisted selective relaying to reduce incident energy due to substation faults, which reduced equipment damage and down time.

    Daniel Gillen, P.E., Electric Engineering Manager, Wilson Energy, North Carolina; and Michael Winkler, P.E., Project Engineer III, Booth and Associates, Charlotte, North Carolina

4:30 – 6 pm 

Reception 

 

Wednesday, May 3

7:30 – 8:30 am 

Networking Breakfast

8:45 – 10 am 

Closing General Session

127 Hours: Turning Adversity to Advantage
An extraordinary example of the human spirit pushed to the extreme, Aron Ralston’s legendary tale of survival and post-traumatic growth, which inspired the Academy Award-nominated film, 127 Hours, personifies resilience, perseverance, and the power of our minds. Learn Aron’s simple steps for embracing—rather than resisting—a crisis and how taking compassionate accountability for our mistakes enables us to choose a future of growth and resilience. At a time when life's boulders are more intense than ever, reflect on how gratitude for the hardship we encounter can both strengthen and soften us.

Aron Ralston, fearless adventurer & subject of the Film 127 Hours
 

10 am 

Conference Adjourns

 

 

Contact Us

Registration: [email protected]

Program/Content: [email protected]

Sponsorship/Expo: [email protected] 

Hotel: [email protected]

Billing: [email protected]

Registration Fees

REGISTER FOR THE ENGINEERING & OPERATIONS CONFERENCE

2023 Conference Registration Fees

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Engineering & Operations Conference

$925 $1,025 $1,850 $1,950
Preconference Seminars (each) $375 $475 $750 $850

Not yet a member? Join today and save money on your conference registration. Contact [email protected] to learn more.

 

Group Discounts

Save money on each registration when your organization registers five or more people. The larger your group, the more you save! 

Number of registrants Discount
(per person)
Member Registration Fee 
(per person, before March 31)
1-4 n/a $925
5-9 $50 $875
10-14 $100 $825
15-24 $150 $775
25+ $200 $725

Your group discount will be automatically applied when you register a group of 5 or more people. Registrations must be submitted on the same order (at the same time) to qualify for the group discount; discounts cannot be retroactively applied to previous orders.

Meals

The following food functions/meals are included in the conference registration fee:

  • Sunday: Welcome Reception
  • Monday: Continental Breakfast
  • Tuesday: Continental Breakfast; Reception 
  • Wednesday: Continental Breakfast

 

Cancellation, Refund, and Substitution Policy

Registrants who cancel in writing on or before April 24, 2023, are entitled to a refund of their registration fee, minus a $50 cancellation fee. Registrants who cancel after April 24 will not receive a refund, but attendee substitutions will be allowed for the 2023 Engineering & Operations Conference only. Registrants and no-shows who do not cancel on or before April 24 are responsible for the full registration fee and are not entitled to a refund.

Cancellation requests should be made through your My.PublicPower portal, or addressed to: [email protected].

Code of Conduct

Attendees of American Public Power Association meetings agree to abide by the APPA Code of Conduct. If attendees engage in unacceptable behavior as outlined in the Code of Conduct, the Association may take any action it deems appropriate, including, but not limited to, expulsion from the current and future meetings with no warning or refund.

Contact Us

Registration: [email protected]

Program/Content: [email protected]

Hotel: [email protected]

Billing: [email protected]

Hotel

The 2023 Engineering & Operations Conference will take place at the Pasadena Convention Center in Pasadena, California. 

Pasadena Convention Center
300 East Green Street
Pasadena, CA  91101

Attendees should stay in the APPA room block at the Sheraton Pasadena Hotel or the Hyatt Place Pasadena, both located within a 5 minute walk from the convention center.

Sheraton Pasadena Hotel

Sheraton Pasadena Hotel
303 Cordova Street
Pasadena, CA 91101

Reservations

Logistics

  • Check in: 3 pm Check out: Noon
  • Parking: Self-parking only. Day parking: $15/day. Overnight parking: $30/night.
  • Internet access: Complimentary standard wireless internet
     

Hyatt Place Pasadena

Hyatt Place Pasadena
399 E. Green Street
Pasadena, CA 91101

Reservations

  • Main Telephone: (626) 788-9108
  • Group Rate: $204 (Single/Double) per night (plus 15.195% tax)
  • Reservation Cut-off Date: April 8, 2023
  • Reservation Telephone: (800) 889-5420
  • Group Code: APPA 
  • Online Reservation Linkhttps://www.hyatt.com/en-US/group-booking/LACZP/G-AAPA

Logistics 

  • Check in: 3 pm Check out: Noon
  • Parking: Overnight parking: $24/night.
  • Internet access: Complimentary standard wireless internet

 

Reservations & Cancellations

The cut-off date to receive the group rate in the APPA room blocks is April 8, 2023. The room blocks may sell out before April 8, so early reservations are encouraged. Make your reservations directly with the hotel using the links or telephone numbers above, or directly through our web site. Canceled reservations that are not resold may become a financial liability for APPA, so please make your reservations thoughtfully.

 

Scam Alert

Please 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 APPA —in conference brochures and the website at www.PublicPower.org

Contact Us

Registration: [email protected]

Program/Content: [email protected]

Hotel: [email protected]

Billing: [email protected]

Frequently Asked Questions

What is the policy on refunds, cancellations and attendee substitutions?

Registrants who cancel in writing on or before April 24, 2023, are entitled to a refund of their registration fee, minus a $50 cancellation fee. Registrants who cancel after April 24 will not receive a refund, but attendee substitutions will be allowed for the 2023 Engineering & Operations Conference only. Registrants and no-shows who do not cancel on or before April 24 are responsible for the full registration fee and are not entitled to a refund.

Can I earn educational credits for attending this conference?

Yes, you can earn the following kinds of educational credits for participating in sessions during the conference:

  • Continuing Education Units (CEUs) from the International Association for Continuing Education and Training (IACET)
  • Professional Development Hours (PDHs) as established by the National Council of Examiners for Engineering and Surveying (NCEES)
  • Continuing Professional Education (CPE) Credits from the National Association of State Boards of Accountancy (NASBA)

To receive a certificate for your participation, participants must complete the online conference evaluation after the event.

Are meals included?

The following food functions/meals are included in the registration fee:

  • Sunday - Welcome Reception
  • Monday - Continental Breakfast
  • Tuesday - Continental Breakfast; Reception 
  • Wednesday – Continental Breakfast

What is the conference dress code?

The attire for the conference is business casual. Meeting room temperatures vary, so prepare to dress for cool conditions.

How can I present at the conference?

We welcome your topic and speaker ideas for future conferences and events. To submit your idea for consideration, complete this form. Conference topics are generally determined 6-8 months before the event is held. Ideas will be kept on file for a full year, so if the agenda for the conference has already been determined, your ideas will be considered for the next year’s event, or in case any space opens up in the current year’s program. You will be contacted only if your idea is selected for an upcoming conference.

How can I serve as an officer?

Utility employees play a vital role in planning the conference to bring you important topics. Incoming Vice Chairs for committees will be selected in February. Email [email protected] if you are interested in taking a leadership position in the conference by serving as an officer for one of the following tracks:

  • Environmental Services
  • Grid Modernization and Innovation
  • Safety
  • Transmission & Distribution 

What is the APPA Code of Conduct for meeting attendees?

Attendees of American Public Power Association meetings agree to abide by the APPA Code of Conduct. If attendees engage in unacceptable behavior as outlined in the Code of Conduct, the Association may take any action it deems appropriate, including but not limited to, expulsion from the current and future meetings, with no warning or refund.

Contact Us

Registration: [email protected]

Program/Content: [email protected]

Hotel: [email protected]

Billing: [email protected]