Engineering & Operations Conference

The conference of choice for public power professionals charged with designing, developing, and maintaining the nation's electric system.
March 29 - 30, 2021
Pasadena, California

Virtual attendance will be available!

Registration will open in November.

About the Engineering & Operations Conference

The Engineering & Operations Conference is the American Public Power Association's annual meeting for utility professionals to get information and insights on key issues including:

  • Distributed energy resources
  • Environmental 
  • Grid modernization
  • Innovation 
  • Reliability, safety, and mutual aid
  • Security 
  • Supply management, warehouse, and procurement
  • System planning, forecasting and modeling
  • Transmission & distribution 

Who Should Attend

Designed for public power technical personnel and safety managers. The conference also has much to offer to utility directors, public power professionals involved in electric utility management and operations and city managers. With the advent of smart grid, IT and communications specialists will benefit as well.

Join the interest list to receive the latest information about this event. If you have any questions or would like additional information on the conference, please contact us via email.

More information

Phone: 202-467-2978; Email: [email protected]

Phone: 202-467-2941; Email: [email protected]

Phone: 202-467-2921; Email: [email protected]

Phone: 202-467-2967; Fax: 202-495-7467; Email: [email protected]


The 2021 Engineering & Operations Conference will feature a 2-day format with keynotes, breakout sessions, and networking events from March 29-30.

For reference, you can view links to past programs to see sample content and session tracks:


Given the ongoing uncertainty around the COVID-19 pandemic, we have committed to having a virtual attendance option for this event. We are evaluating the feasibility of a hybrid option (in-person and virtual attendance options), since we have meeting space already secured at the Pasadena Convention Center in California.

The two-day format we’re planning can easily be held as a fully virtual event, if necessary. A final decision on the format will be made in December. Contact [email protected] for updates.


Conference Fees

Final fees will be determined once the format is decided (hybrid or fully virtual conference). For planning purposes, here are the 2020 conference registration rates, which may increase slightly for 2021:

Virtual only:

  • Members: $575 early/$625 late
  • Nonmembers: $1,150 early/$1,200 late

In-person attendance:

  • Members: $775 early/$1,550
  • Nonmembers: $1,550/$3,100

Not an American Public Power Association member? Join today and save $775 on your conference registration. Call Member Services at 202-467-2936 to learn more.

Cancellation Policy

Registrants who cancel in writing on or before March 22, 2021, are entitled to a refund of their registration fee, minus a $50 cancellation fee. Registrants who cancel after March 22 will not receive a refund, but attendee substitutions will be allowed for the 2021 Engineering & Operations Conference only. Registrants and no-shows who do not cancel on or before March 22 are responsible for the full registration fee and are not entitled to a refund.

Cancellations must be made in writing and emailed to [email protected].


Email [email protected]

Frequently Asked Questions

Where and when is the next Engineering & Operations Technical Conference?

We’re planning the 2022 conference for Austin, Texas. 

What educational credits are available?

Academy events include the following opportunities for educational credits:

  • 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) Ccedits from the National Association of State Boards of Accountancy (NASBA)

Is there international registration?

Online meeting registration is for U.S. and Canadian residents only. International registrants must provide a signed registration form — signed by the authorized cardholder — if paying with a credit card. Fax the completed registration form to 202-495-7484 or email it to [email protected]

Alternatively, you could send a check from a U.S. bank payable to American Public Power Association. Please mail completed form with full payment to our bank lock box:

American Public Power Association
P.O. Box 418617
Boston, MA  02241-8617

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 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.