Engineering & Operations Conference

The conference of choice for public power professionals charged with designing, developing, and maintaining the nation's electric system.
March 27 - 30, 2022
Austin, Texas

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 
  • Grid modernization
  • Safety
  • Transmission & distribution 

Co-hosted by: 

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Register by February 28 to take advantage of the early registration price. Click here for more information


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. View the agenda

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

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Phone: 202-467-2967


The Engineering & Operations Conference offers three days of keynotes, breakout sessions, and networking opportunities—Sunday, March 27 – Wednesday, March 30. 

  • 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, grid modernization, safety, and transmission and distribution. 
  • Networking events and the Public Power NextTech Expo provide connection opportunities. 

Click here to view the PDF version of the program. 

Agenda at a Glance 

Sunday, March 27

8:30 a.m. – 5 p.m.

Pre-conference Seminars

Require an additional fee

  • Improving the Reliability and Resilience of Your Distribution System 
    8:30 a.m. – Noon

    Public power utilities typically outperform electric cooperatives and investor owned utilities when it comes to reliability, thanks to proactive and diligent efforts to minimize service interruptions and respond promptly when adverse events occur. As customers are becoming more astute about measuring and evaluating electric service reliability, and placing increased emphasis on resiliency, utilities need to make sure they are aligning their metrics and priorities accordingly.  

    Learn how to set reliability performance targets, implement performance improvement initiatives, and establish indices to measure reliability. Discover what practices Reliable Public Power Provider (RP3) utilities use to maintain reliable, resilient infrastructure and operations, and how you can build an organizational culture that supports reliability to help you meet the expectations of regulators, customers, and other stakeholders.

    John Miner, P.E., President, and Erich Schoennagel, P.E., Technical Consultant and Continuing Education Program Developer—Collaborative Learning, Inc.

  • Electric Vehicles: Preparing for Transportation Electrification 
    1:30 – 5 p.m.

    The electric vehicle market is expanding, changing how a growing number of your customers will use electricity and what charging options they expect to see in your community. Get a complete view of the latest charging technology options and considerations and learn how other public power utilities are collaborating with charging industry partners, working with commercial customers to support electric fleets, and incorporating EVs into smart city concepts. 

    Dive into the considerations for modeling your community’s future needs
    From home-based charging to public fast chargers and accommodating
    fleets – and review which ownership and incentive models fit your utility’s profile. Discuss where to find funding to develop EV-related infrastructure and options for rate design. Gain insight from one utility’s practical experience in implementing a wide array of EV initiatives, including engaging with different parts of the supply chain and designing programs that support equitable access to EVs. 

    Karl Popham, Manager, Electric Vehicles & Emerging Technologies, Austin Energy, Texas; Patricia Taylor, Manager, Regulatory Policy and Business Programs, American Public Power Association, Virginia; and Jennifer Wallace-Brodeur, Manager, Consulting, VEIC, Vermont

5 – 6:30 p.m. 

Welcome Reception with Sponsors (Public Power NextTech Expo


Monday, March 28

Monday Grid


7:30 – 8:30 a.m. 

Breakfast with Sponsors (Public Power NextTech Expo) 

8:45 – 10 a.m.

Opening General Session

  • The Future of Public Power 

    From demonstrating continued excellence and resilience to aligning with global trends and customer expectations, the public power model has ample opportunity to thrive in the future. Reflect on our strengths and the challenges ahead – and how public power leaders must act to support continued success. 

    Joy Ditto  Joy Ditto, President & CEO, American Public Power Association

    Alicia Hooks  Alicia Hooks, General Manager, GEUS, Texas 

     JACKIE  Jackie Sargent, General Manager, Austin Energy, Texas

  • Honoring Our Colleagues: RPAwards
10 – 10:30 a.m. 

Break with Sponsors (Public Power NextTech Expo) 

10:30 – 11:45 a.m. 

Breakout Sessions

  1. The Federal Agenda and Public Power [ENVIRONMENTAL]

    From new and changing regulations on air toxics and wastewater to goals for reducing greenhouse gas emissions, hear the latest developments in the Biden administration’s environmental agenda that will affect public power operations. Also review new and expanded funding opportunities driven by the Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act and the Build Back Better Act.

    Anne Austin, Partner, Pillsbury Winthrop Shaw Pittman LLP, Washington, D.C.; and David Garcia, Director of Air and Radiation, EPA Region 6, Dallas, Texas  

  2. Engineering Business Continuity into Operations [GRID MODERNIZATION]

    Recent extreme weather events and high-profile ransomware attacks have made a clear, urgent case for building resiliency into public power operations. Review a variety of approaches to business continuity planning and development, including budgeting for system hardening, increasing system monitoring, and leveraging machine learning and artificial intelligence. 

    Mark Scheid, Associate Director—Key Clients, Ulteig, Fargo, North Dakota; and Michael Wagner, Dispatch and Compliance Manager, Kissimmee Utility Authority, Florida 

  3. Producing Power with a Diverse Workforce: Essential Steps Toward Solutions [SAFETY] 

    Hear practical solutions to help create a diverse workforce. Learn proven strategies for expanding your lineworker workforce and ways to attract women and other underrepresented groups to your skilled trades jobs. Hear real-world examples from women who have decades of experience in the industry. Ask questions, share practical tips, and form actionable steps for creating a new plan or taking your existing efforts to the next level.  

    Susan Blaser, Hall of Fame Inductee, Journey-level Lineworker, and Program Coordinator, Metropolitan Community College of Business & Technology, Kansas City, Missouri; and Alice Lockridge, Apprentice Advocate & Former Exercise Physiologist for Seattle City Light, Washington

  4. Preparing Your Distribution System for Solar and Storage: Interconnection Studies [TRANSMISSION & DISTRIBUTION] 

    A well-executed interconnection study can help engineers identify the likely effects distributed generation projects will have on the system, and what steps need to be taken to protect overall reliability. Learn how to develop interconnection agreements to get the most critical information, what factors to look for in modeling modern system load, and tips for implementing proactive upgrades. 

    Arthur Bishop, Manager of T&D Technology Support, Alabama Municipal Electric Authority; and Sean Middleton, Director, Strategy & Operations, Finley Engineering, Springfield, Illinois   

11:45 a.m. – 1:30 p.m. 

Lunch (on your own)

1:30 – 2:45 p.m. 

Breakout Sessions

  1. Lessons Learned from Winter Storm Uri [ENVIRONMENTAL]

    Extreme circumstances call for extreme measures – and in emergencies, utilities and system operators must make tough choices that affect generation profiles and environmental measures. Learn what choices public power utilities faced during Winter Storm Uri in early 2021, and how the decisions of other system entities, including those following must-run orders, affected the generation options and environmental targets for public power. 

    Josh Bedel, P.E., Assistant General Manager, McPherson Board of Public Utilities, Kansas; Thomas Pierpoint, VP, Electric System Engineering & Technical Services, Austin Energy, Texas; and Michael Watt, Environmental Engineer, Oklahoma Municipal Power Agency 

  2. Combatting Ransomware and Other Cyber Threats [GRID MODERNIZATION]

    As utilities increasingly rely on a variety of technology and third parties, criminals and threat actors are increasingly taking advantage of new vulnerabilities and entry points. No utility is too small nor immune from attack. Learn how utilities of all sizes can – and should – address these very real threats to utility operations, review the latest cyber hygiene strategies, and discuss how to design an incident response plan. Explore the latest utility cyber defenses available and how to adapt insurance coverage to cover cyber risks. 

    Jared Price, Chief Technology Officer, AMP, Columbus, Ohio; Ryan Weber, Vice President, Marsh USA, Houston, Texas; and Doug Westlund, Senior Vice President, AESI-US, Inc., Tucker, Georgia 

  3. Start with Leadership to Create a True Culture of Safety [SAFETY] 

    A strong safety culture is not only critical for your workforce – it also underpins the overall success of your organization. To sustain a solid safety program, and reduce the utility’s risk profile, leaders must start with a desire and commitment to getting safety right. Take a look at the systemic factors that shape a public power utility’s approach to safety and the critical importance of safety leadership. Reflect on how past leadership decisions have affected the culture, and discuss how current leadership attributes and behaviors can influence workplace safety and create a successful safety community.  

    David Libby, Partner, Krause Bell Group, Ojai, California  

  4. Storm Management & Communications [TRANSMISSION & DISTRIBUTION] 

    Being hit by a storm not only means suddenly dealing with system damage, it also often means rapidly outlining logistics for hosting mutual aid crews and setting and communicating out your restoration priorities to customers, visiting crews, and beyond. Learn how public power utilities effectively manage the “human” side of storm preparedness, from lining up the requisite paperwork to interacting with the press.

    Greg Labbe, Electric Operations Manager; Jason Miller, Electric Distribution Engineering Coordinator, Lafayette Utilities System, Louisiana; and Sam Williams, Director of Governmental Affairs & Economic Development, Riviera Utilities

  5. DERs, EVs, and the Prepared Utility [INDUSTRY SPOTLIGHT] 

    A profound shift is under way in the energy landscape and it's going to disrupt every aspect of utility business. Distributed generation, electrification of transportation, energy storage technology and connected consumer technologies are not just around the corner... they are already here. Find out how preparation and management are key to seizing the opportunities—and avoiding the threats—that these distributed energy resources bring with them.

    Andrew Mitchell, Director of Utility Solutions; and Jeremy Wilson, Sr. Director, Product Marketing, Tantalus 

2:45 – 3:15 p.m.

Break with Sponsors (Public Power NextTech Expo) 

3:15 – 4:30 p.m. 

Breakout Sessions 

  1. Making Solar More Sustainable [ENVIRONMENTAL]

    Walk through the key challenges and considerations facing solar development at the beginning and end of the life of projects: finding a suitable site and handling PV waste. Review permit considerations and common challenges to securing land for solar facilities in urbanized areas. Discuss why a viable universal waste recycling rule for PV panels is necessary and what infrastructure is needed to process solar panels for metals recovery/recycling.

    Dwight Clark, Chief Compliance Officer, We Recycle Solar, Inc., Phoenix, Arizona; and Shelley Cohen, Director of Clean Technology Business Development, Ameresco, Washington, D.C.

  2. Getting Ready for Grid Modernization Grants [GRID MODERNIZATION]

    Municipalities will soon have multiple new and expanded opportunities to fund infrastructure improvements, including for renewable energy, electric vehicle charging, and broadband communications. Review how to assess what your community really needs, from the costs and benefits involved with different options to what utilities who have already deployed technologies would do differently now. Learn how your community can prepare for grant opportunities at both the federal and state levels and get tips for writing winning grants. 

    Jim Weikert, VP Utility Automation & Communications, Power System Engineering, Windsor, Wisconsin 

  3. Fall Protection Safety and Rescue Practices [SAFETY] 

    Anything from equipment mishaps to being startled can lead to a fall from a ladder, scaffold, or aerial bucket. Get a refresher on the actions that should be taken pre- and post-task related to heights and knowing when it is time to initiate “Stop Work Authority.” Review the latest guidance on what to do in the event of a fall arrest and suspended falls and see demonstrations of rescue protocols – including self-rescue techniques.

    Bud Cadwell, Bashlin Industries, Grove City, Pennsylvania 

  4. Enhancing Infrastructure Resilience [TRANSMISSION & DISTRIBUTION] 

    Learn how other utilities are adapting their systems to better withstand extreme weather events. From exploring the feasibility of undergrounding lines to implementing improved construction techniques and adding protection systems, there are many possibilities for enhancing resilience. Discuss the cost versus value of deploying measures such as no-snap poles, lightning strike prevention devices, and collapsible crossarms.

    Chad Hering, Sales Manager, Bell Lumber & Pole, Saint Paul, Minnesota; Jim Glass, Manager, Smart Grid Development, EPB, Chattanooga, Tennessee; and Drew McGuire, P.E., Senior Program Manager, Electric Power Research Institute, Charlotte, North Carolina 

  5. Unlock the Value of AMI with EnergyIP MDM Software-as-a-Service (SaaS) for Smaller Utilities [INDUSTRY SPOTLIGHT] 

    For some utilities, it is an ongoing challenge to keep so many complex enterprise systems up-to-date and support new innovation. EnergyIP MDM SaaS brings the fastest-possible time to operation, minimal upfront costs, predictable OpEx, automatic upgrades, and best-practice security.  It is based on the new EnergyIP 9.0, the next generation of the industry-leading Meter Data Management (MDM) system and features EnergyIP Mosaic®, the new user experience and platform for user-facing innovations including business monitoring, advanced anomaly detection, and more.

    Andy Ioos, Commercial Director, eMeter, Siemens, Raleigh, North Carolina

4:45 – 5:45 p.m. 

Data Debate: Benchmarking Operations 
(With pay-your-own-way bar)


Tuesday, March 29

Tuesday Grid
7:45 – 8:45 a.m.

Networking Breakfasts

  • Breakfast with Sponsors (Public Power NextTech Expo) 
  • Women in Public Power Networking Breakfast
9 – 10 a.m.

General Session 

  • Chair's Address

    Public power utilities represent many types of communities, but the majority of utilities serve small towns. Get some inspiration on how small utilities continue to innovate and support community resilience, and what all utilities can learn from their experience.

    Colin Hansen, CEO/General Manager, Kansas Power Pool; and Chair, American Public Power Association

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Colin Hansen
  • Light Up the Navajo Nation Update

    Wally Haase, General Manager, Navajo Tribal Utility Authority, Arizona

  • Honoring our Colleagues: Safety Awards and DEED Grants/Award Recipients

10 – 10:30 a.m.

Break with Sponsors (Public Power NextTech Expo) 

10:30 – 11:45 a.m. 

Breakout Sessions

  1. How EPA is Responding to Coal Ash Concerns [ENVIRONMENTAL]

    Discuss the results of the Environmental Protection Agency’s review of applications for coal combustion residuals closure at impoundments and landfills, as well as how EPA has viewed the use of monitored natural attenuation as part of the closure process. Learn what enforcement options and actions EPA has taken on CCR facilities. Review the complexities of plant closure and the impact of pervasive PFAS contamination that is subject to increasing regulation at the state and federal levels. 

    Jim Roewer, Executive Director, USWAG, Washington, D.C. 

  2. Understanding and Managing Electric Vehicle Load [JOINT SESSION: GRID MODERNIZATION AND T&D]

    Get a first-hand analysis of Lincoln Electric System’s electric vehicle study, including customer charging patterns the Nebraska-based utility discovered, the related load impacts, and how incentives encouraged off-peak charging. Learn strategies for identifying EV concentration risk, targeting EV drivers for load management programs, and recognizing other needs.

    Scott Benson, Manager, Resource & Transmission Planning, Lincoln Electric System, Nebraska 

  3. Building Trust and Transparency [SAFETY] 

    Learn effective coaching and mentoring strategies that focus on building trust between you and your employees, showcase your commitment to their success, and encourage them to feel ownership in the culture of safety you aim to achieve. Discuss what it takes to drive active engagement, build meaningful relationships across the organization, how to convey your “personal value” and vision for safety, and sustain buy-in for a safe culture. 

    Bob Scudder, PhD, Industrial Hygiene/Corporate Risk Manager Grand River Dam Authority, Pryor, Oklahoma 

  4. Joint Action Agency/State and Regional Association Roundtable

  5. Improving Grid Resilience through Grid Modernization [INDUSTRY SPOTLIGHT] 

    Climate-related weather events are impacting access to reliable power and system resilience is an important factor to consider in grid modernization. Now more than ever, our energy infrastructure must be able to withstand extreme conditions. System resiliency is identified as a priority in the Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act, which includes earmarked funds to prevent outages and enhance resilience. In this presentation, Eaton experts will discuss utilizing distribution automation, intelligent microgrid controls, energy storage and electric vehicle charging infrastructure to improve the resilience of your electrical distribution system so you can keep the power on.

    Jacob Chacko, Utility Marketing Manager, and John Vernacchia, Energy Transition Segment Director—Eaton

11:45 a.m. – 1:30 p.m. 

Lunch (on your own)

1:30 – 2:45 p.m. 

Breakout Sessions 

  1. Strategies to Manage Beneficial Electrification [JOINT SESSION: ENVIRONMENTAL AND T&D]

    Discuss the challenges and benefits of increased electrification, including how utilities can plan for emerging loads. Building off of lessons learned from working with data centers, cryptocurrency mining operations, and grow houses, understand what public power utilities can do to safely incorporate sometimes uncertain additional load while keeping costs and emissions low and resilience high.

    Keith Dennis, President, Beneficial Electrification League, Minneapolis, Minnesota; and David Treichler, Director of Strategy and Technology, Oncor, Dallas, Texas

  2. Understanding the DER and Microgrid Marketplace [GRID MODERNIZATION]

    Commercial and industrial customers and critical facilities are increasingly weighing the potential for distributed energy resources and microgrids to mitigate resilience concerns and reduce peak demand costs. Explore the different options on the market, what equipment and considerations these opportunities entail, and how they can be deployed cost effectively. Discuss what utilities should know about potential interconnection challenges and what to communicate to customers weighing these options. 

    Jason Marenda, Project Manager, DER and Renewables, POWER Engineers, Inc., Haile, Idaho; Willey Sandell, Vice President of Generation Operations & Development, AMP, Ohio; and Philip Zicarelli, Business Developer, PowerSecure, Inc., Birmingham, Alabama 

  3. Leading with Trust [SAFETY] 

    Debate the merits and drawbacks of discipline (e.g., zero tolerance) versus reward-based approaches to safety, including how each approach affects safety culture. Discuss how to implement safety rules in a positive way that can continue to improve staff relationships and avoid falling victim to overconfidence bias. Also review how leadership decisions, from the investments made in safety to how incidents are investigated and how safety is talked about, affect safe decision-making at all levels. 

    Kanwer Khan, Senior Vice President —Environment, Health, Safety & Security, SUEZ North America, Paramus, New Jersey 

  4. Decarbonization and Generation Reserve Management [INDUSTRY SPOTLIGHT] 

    Hear an examination of the impacts renewable resources are expected to have on planning and operating reserves. Learn how generation volume uncertainty is impacting resource planning. Review a case study on the challenges the Railbelt Region of Alaska is facing with balancing decarbonization with system reliability.

    Brian Despard, Project Manager, Resource Planning & Market Assessments, 1898 & Co., part of Burns & McDonnell, Houston, Texas

2:45 – 3:15 p.m.

Break with Sponsors (Public Power NextTech Expo) 

3:15 – 4:30 p.m. 

Breakout Sessions 

  1. Making Climate Goals Community Goals [ENVIRONMENTAL]

    Discuss what steps communities can take to meet carbon dioxide emissions reduction goals that go beyond implementing changes to their power supply. From supporting the electrification of local transportation fleets to updating building codes to reflect energy efficiency potential, utilities can play a role in setting and carrying out these alternative strategies to make CO2 reduction community-wide. 

    Andrew Reynolds, Community Energy Services Manager, Holland Board of Public Works, Michigan

  2. Improving Workflows with Technology [GRID MODERNIZATION]

    Utilities still employ many outdated business practices, which effectively keep dispatchers and field personnel from readily accessing information that can help them improve how they work – and reduce outage time. Learn how deploying tools such as GIS, outage management systems, work order & asset management, and mobile workforce solutions can improve outdated workflows and accommodate increasing electric system complexity. 

    Zach Hall, Electrical Engineer, Fayetteville Public Works Commission, North Carolina; and Atilla Hamari, Product Owner, SpryMobile Application, SpryPoint

  3. Safety Culture: Practical Applications [SAFETY] 

    Improving and promoting a strong safety culture in your workplace is a proven strategy for reducing worker injuries. Two member utilities from the Pacific Northwest have created innovative ways to improve their safety cultures while increasing employee engagement in the safety program. Gain insights into ways to increase employee engagement and learn how to implement non-traditional methods for conducting incident reviews focusing on employee participation.

    Jim Boyd, Transmission & Distribution Safety Manager, Tacoma Power, Washington; and Kevin Davis, CUSP, Senior Safety Specialist, Snohomish County PUD, Washington 

  4. Supply Chain Management Roundtable [TRANSMISSION & DISTRIBUTION] 

    Supply chain strains are leaving public power utilities without key resources and driving higher equipment costs. Join this roundtable session to discuss mutual concerns and debate potential short and long-term solutions — from reusing equipment to changing standards and working together to share supplies or aggregate buying power.

    Brian Bartos, P.E., Sr. Director, Distribution Engineering, CPS Energy, San Antonio, Texas; and Jack Ward, Vice President of Utility Marketing, Howard Industries, Laurel, Mississippi 

5 – 6:30 p.m. 



Wednesday, March 30 

Wednesday Grid
7:30 – 8:30 a.m. 

Networking Breakfast

8:30 – 9:45 a.m. 

Roundtable Discussions

  1. Environmental Roundtable

    Join in this lively discussion with your colleagues on the top environmental and generation challenges facing utilities. Topics are your choice, but might include permitting, new and proposed regulations, handling legacy pollution, or new emissions reduction strategies. 

  2. Grid Modernization Roundtable

    Gather with your peers to continue the conversation on hot topics in grid modernization. Swap experiences with certain software and other tools, hear strategies for contending with construction and supply chain limits, and discuss your AMI deployment woes and wins. 

  3. Get Up To Speed: The Latest on APPA's New Safety Manual and eSafety Tracker 

    Get up to speed with safety best practices in the 17th edition of the American Public Power Association Safety Manual, releasing in 2023. The new edition of the manual has been expanded to include OSHA, NESC, and other federal and industry standards. It features extensive revisions to the electric utility operations section and more. Interpret the new rules and understand how your utility can comply.  Learn more about the New APPA Safety Community.  

    Jon Beasley, Vice President, Training & Safety, Electric Cities of Georgia; Brent McKinney, Principal, TFB Engineering, LLC, Beverly Hills, Michigan; Kenny Roberts, Supervisor, Safety & Training/Mutual Aid Coordinator, ElectriCities of North Carolina, Inc.; and Brandon Wylie, CUSP, Director, Training & Safety, Electric Cities of Georgia  

  4. T&D Roundtable

    Gather with your peers to continue conversations on managing distributed energy resources, ask for their perspectives on planning for electric vehicles, or be ready to bring any other burning questions about how utilities are managing their systems.  

9:45 – 10:15 a.m.


10:15 – 11:30 a.m. 

Closing General Session 

Challenge of Change

Joe Theismann, one of the most successful quarterbacks in the history of the Washington Redskins, speaks about how he conquered extreme pain and changed course when life dealt him the unexpected. When this two-time Pro-Bowl player, who was at the top  of his game, landed on a hospital bed with a compound fracture to his leg, his career and dreams were shattered. At age 35, he had to start life over. Theismann shares how he reshaped his vision, conquered obstacles, and stayed positive on a determined new track to a meaningful life.

Joe Theismann, World Champion Quarterback, Broadcaster, and Entrepreneur

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Joe Theismann
11:30 a.m. 

Conference Adjourns

Contact Us

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Phone: 202-467-2967

Registration Fees

Register Now!

  By February 28 After February 28
Member Conference: $875
Pre-conference seminar (each): $350
Conference: $925
Pre-conference seminar (each): $350
Nonmember Conference: $1,750
Pre-conference seminar (each): $700
Conference: $1,800
Pre-conference seminar (each): $750


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

Not yet a member? Join today and save money on your conference registration. Call 202-467-2926 or email [email protected].

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)
Registration Fee

(per person, before Feb.28)
1-4 n/a $875
5-9 $50 $825
10-14 $100 $775
15+ $150 $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.

Cancellation, Refund, and Substitution Policy

Registrants who cancel in writing on or before March 21, 2022, are entitled to a refund of their registration fee, minus a $50 cancellation fee. Registrants who cancel after March 21 will not receive a refund, but attendee substitutions will be allowed for the 2022 Engineering & Operations Conference only. Registrants and no-shows who do not cancel on or before March 21 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].

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.

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Phone: 202-467-2967


The 2022 Engineering & Operations Conference will take place at the Hilton hotel in downtown Austin. 

The Hilton Austin
500 East 4th Street
Austin, Texas  78701

At the center of Downtown, Austin’s tallest hotel rises 31 stories over one of downtown’s quieter blocks. The entire eighth floor is a 16,000-square-foot health club with an outdoor saltwater pool with views of the city, steam room and sauna, and state of the art gym with views of UT's stadium. The onsite Finn and Porter restaurant is an excellent option for steak or sushi. The property is attached to the Austin Convention Center, is short walk to the East Sixth Street nightlife, and less than a mile from the picturesque Rainey Street Historic District.


  • Online Reservation Link:
  • Main Phone: 512-482-8000 
  • Reservation Phone: 800-236-1592
  • Group Rate: $289 (Single/Double) per night (plus 8.25% sales tax and 17% occupancy tax)
  • Group Code: APPA 
  • Reservation Cut-off Date: March 2


  • Check in: 3 p.m. Check out: Noon
  • Parking: $37/self-parking; $46/valet
  • Internet access: Complimentary wireless internet in sleeping rooms

Reservations & Cancellations

The cut-off date to receive the group rate March 2, 2022. The room block may sell out before March 2, so early reservations are encouraged. Make your reservations directly with the hotel using the links or telephone numbers above.

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

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Phone: 202-467-2967

COVID-19 Safety Protocols

The safety of those attending the American Public Power Association (APPA) 2022 Engineering & Operations Conference is our top priority. We are partnering with the hotel, have talked to local health officials, and are applying lessons-learned from other associations to ensure we follow all the best practices for safely hosting in-person meetings in the current environment. We are relying on everyone to do their part to keep themselves and everyone else safe during the conference.

Below are some of the steps we are taking to ensure the safety of all meeting participants, and our expectations for all conference participants. All participants must agree to abide by these standards before they will be permitted to attend the conference. 

What attendees must do

When you register

All participants must agree to abide by APPA's safety protocols before registering for the conference. Your registration implies your consent to adhere to these standards. 

These protocols may include wearing a mask at all times in public areas; engaging in appropriate physical distancing and hygiene practices; submitting to daily health screenings and temperature checks; and not attending the conference if you are ill, actively experiencing COVID-19 symptoms or have recently been in close contact with someone who has tested positive or been diagnosed with COVID-19.

Safety protocols (including mask requirements) will be updated as the situation evolves and will be communicated to all participants before the event. 

Pre-Event Health Assessment 

Registrants will be asked to complete a self-assessment prior to traveling to the event. Participants do not need to submit a separate form; but we ask all attendees to honestly answer these questions to help us protect all conference attendees, staff, and the local community. 

  1. Have you had any of the following NEW or UNUSUAL-FOR-YOU symptoms within the past 72 hours? 
    • Fever of 100.4 degrees or above, or possible fever-like symptoms such as alternating chills and sweating.
    • Frequent cough (not a chronic cough or your normal seasonal allergies)
    • Trouble breathing, shortness of breath, or severe wheezing 
    • Muscle or body aches that are not exercise related
    • Sore throat
    • New loss of smell or taste 
    • Headache
  2. Have you, or anyone in your household or group, tested positive or are awaiting test results for COVID-19?
  3. Do you, or anyone in your household or group, have the symptoms of COVID-19 as listed above?
  4. Are you currently subject to a stay-at-home order from your doctor or state or local requirements to quarantine, isolate, or stay at home? 

If you answer YES to any of these questions, please STAY AT HOME. Please send your cancellation request to [email protected].

COVID Test Recommended 

We are recommending (not requiring) all participants get a COVID test 3 days before the conference; and again 3 days after returning home. 

Anyone who tests positive before the conference should stay home. If anyone tests positive after the conference, they should email Amy Rigney-Gay, APPA’s Vice President of Human Resources & Administration, at [email protected] to confidentially report so we can try to conduct contact tracing.

On-site Safety Protocols

The safety of all conference participants is our top priority. All conference participants must: 

  1. Follow APPA mask policy (if masks are deemed required for this event). 
  2. Adhere to CDC, and state and local guidance before and during the event. 
  3. Complete the health check-in each day before entering the APPA meeting space (see below).
  4. Sign in at your table at each session you attend.
  5. Engage in appropriate physical distancing and hygiene practices.
  6. Be respectful of all other attendees and their comfort levels.
  7. Not attend the event if you are ill, actively experiencing any COVID-19 symptoms or have recently been in close contact with someone who is experiencing COVID symptoms or has tested positive for COVID-19.
  8. Notify APPA’s Vice President of Human Resources & Administration at [email protected] if you test positive for COVID-19 up to 14 days after returning home.

On-site Daily Health Check-in

Each day of the conference, all participants will be required to complete a short health questionnaire, as many of us do when we come into the office. No medical tests are required; APPA will not ask for any medical records, test results, or proof of vaccination. 

The daily health check-in will be a simple online form, asking participants to self-certify that: 

  • You are not currently experiencing any COVID-19 symptoms that can't be explained by something else;
  • You have not recently come into close contact with someone with COVID-19 or experiencing COVID-19 symptoms; and 
  • You are continuing to follow CDC and local guidance. 

Participants must complete the daily health check-in before entering the APPA meeting space. A link will be emailed to attendees in advance, and will be available through the conference mobile app.

Show your completion screen when you arrive at the meeting space each morning to receive a colored wristband. 

  • When you complete the questionnaire, you will get a screen telling you to proceed to the meeting. Simply show this screen on your mobile device to verify you have completed your daily check in.
  • If you aren't able to show your completion screen, someone will look you up by name to verify you have completed your check-in. 

Your wristband is required for entry into all APPA sessions and activities. It also confers in-and-out privileges; once you receive your wristband for the day, you can enter and exit the APPA meeting space freely just by showing your wristband.

What we are doing

Personal Safety

APPA will take the following steps to ensure the health and safety of all meeting participants:

  • All participants (including attendees, speakers, sponsors, guests and staff) will agree to and be required to follow safety protocols put in place by APPA.
  • All participants must complete a daily health questionnaire before entering the meeting space. Attendees will receive a wristband confirming they have completed the daily check in so they may enter/exit the meeting space without having to complete it again on that day.
  • Masks are recommended in all APPA meeting areas and at official APPA functions, except when eating or drinking.

Meeting experience

APPA is examining every aspect of the in-person meeting experience to ensure we are taking all appropriate precautions to protect the safety of participants, including:

  • Modifying room seating and event layouts to allow for social distancing.
  • Redesigning networking opportunities to accommodate social distancing while still facilitating meaningful conversations and exchanges.
  • Holding networking events outdoors, whenever possible. 
  • Making changes at our registration desk to alleviate congestion and reduce contact points.
  • APPA may employ assigned seating, queued entrances, or timed entrance and exits of meeting rooms to manage crowd control and accommodate room capacity limits, according to state or local mandates. 

Cleaning and hygiene 

APPA is working with the hotel to ensure the cleanliness of the meeting facilities. 

  • APPA will develop and institute a cleaning and sanitizing schedule with the hotel that meets the specific needs of the conference and our attendees. 
  • High-touch surfaces within the meeting space will be cleaned multiple times a day.
  • Hand sanitizer stations will be positioned throughout the meeting space.
  • Additional hygienic supplies, including disinfectant wipes, gloves, and disposable masks, will be made available to attendees. 
  • APPA is working with the hotel to ensure all hotel culinary and banquet team members adhere to strict guidelines for the preparation, handling and serving of food & beverages. 
  • APPA will keep attendees updated on the hotel’s COVID related practices and protocols.  


Contact us at [email protected].

Frequently Asked Questions

Where and when is the next Engineering & Operations Conference?

We’re planning the 2023 conference for Pasadena, California. 

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

Registrants who cancel in writing on or before March 21, 2022, are entitled to a refund of their registration fee, minus a $50 cancellation fee. Registrants who cancel after March 21 will not receive a refund, but attendee substitutions will be allowed for the 2022 Engineering & Operations Conference only. Registrants and no-shows who do not cancel on or before March 21 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].

Can I earn educational credits for attending this conference?

APPA 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) Credits from the National Association of State Boards of Accountancy (NASBA)

Requirements for obtaining a completion certificate:

  • Attend and participate in the sessions
  • Fill out a Verification of Attendance form noting which sessions you attended
  • Submit an online evaluation

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.

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. Email the completed registration form 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 6-8 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 
  • 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 and future meetings, with no warning or refund.

Contact Us

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Phone: 202-467-2967