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Engineering & Operations Conference

The conference of choice for public power professionals charged with designing, developing, and maintaining the nation's electric system.
March 30 - April 2, 2025
Sacramento, California
Sponsors

Unique Challenges, Shared Solutions 

The Engineering & Operations Conference attracts more than 400 utility professionals, industry experts, and suppliers who 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 

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.

Registration

Registration Fees

Registration for the 2025 Conference will open on or around November 29, 2024.

2024 Conference Registration Fees (subject to change in 2025)

 

Members                

Nonmembers         

 

Register by
March 8

After
March 8

Register by
March 8

After
March 8

Engineering & Operations Conference

$975

$1,075

$1,950

$2,050

Preconference Seminars (each)

$395

$495

$395

$495

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 4)

1-4

n/a

$975

5-9

$50

$925

10-14

$100

$875

15-24

$150

$825

25+

$200

$775

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.

Registration Help

Check out our Registration FAQ for answers to the most common questions and help with all your registration-related issues. 

Cancellation, Refund, and Substitution Policy

Registrants who cancel in writing by the deadline (date TBD) are entitled to a refund of their registration fee, minus a $100 cancellation fee. Registrants who cancel after the deadline (date TBD) will not receive a refund, but attendee substitutions will be allowed for the 2025 APPA Engineering & Operations Conference and preconference seminars only. Registrants and no-shows who do not cancel on or before specified dates are responsible for the full registration fee and are not entitled to a refund of their registration fee.

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 2025 Engineering & Operations Conference will take place at the Sheraton Grand Sacramento Hotel in Sacramento, California.

Sheraton Grand Sacramento Hotel
1230 J Street
Sacramento, California, 95814

Canceled 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 [email protected]

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 on our website.

Contact Us

Registration: [email protected]

Program/Content: [email protected]

Hotel: [email protected]

Billing: [email protected]

For Speakers

Thank you to those who have agreed to speak at next year's E&O Conference. We will provide further information here to help you prepare for the event as the dates approach.

FAQ

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

Registrants who cancel in writing on or before April 1, 2024, are entitled to a refund of their registration fee, minus a $100 cancellation fee. Registrants who cancel after April 1 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 1 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 - Happy Hour
  • Monday - Breakfast and Expo Reception
  • Tuesday - Breakfast and Reception
  • Wednesday – 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?

Conference topics are generally determined 6-8 months before the event is held. We welcome your topic and speaker ideas for future conferences and events. Submit your idea for consideration at a future event. 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 a 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
  • 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 meeting and future meetings, with no warning or refund.

Contact Us

Registration: [email protected]

Program/Content: [email protected]

Hotel: [email protected]

Billing: [email protected]

Serve as an Officer

Utility employees play a vital role in planning the conference to bring you important topics. Email [email protected] for more information on these leadership positions.

Contact Us

For any questions, please contact:

Registration: [email protected]

Program/Content: [email protected]

Sponsorship/Expo: [email protected]

Hotel: [email protected]

Billing: [email protected]