Engineering & Operations Technical Conference

The conference of choice for public power professionals charged with designing, developing, and maintaining the nation's electric system.
March 31 - April 3, 2019
Colorado Springs, Colorado

The Engineering & Operations Technical Conference is the American Public Power Association's annual meeting for utility professionals in the areas of:

  • Communications & Control 
    Design, construction and maintenance of system-wide communications, security, protection and controls
  • Environmental
    Environmental-related matters, particularly in the area of regulatory developments and compliance requirements
  • Generation & Fuels
    Utility generation facilities and fuels, including nuclear power
  • Safety
    Utility safety policies and practices, including disaster response
  • Transmission & Distribution
    Construction, operation and maintenance of utility transmission and distribution equipment, from main generation busbar to customer service entrance
  • System Planning
    Electric system planning, including strategic planning, load forecasting and modeling
  • Supply Management 
    Utility warehouse management, as well as the procurement of utility equipment and supplies

Registration for the 2019 E&O Conference will open Fall 2018.

Conference Mentor Program

Need help navigating the conference as a first-timer? Want someone to exchange notes with because you’re the only one from your organization attending? Eager to share your knowledge and experience as a long-time conference attendee?

The conference mentor program pairs up new attendees with seasoned conference-goers. You’ll meet at the Welcome Reception and stay in touch throughout the conference.

Ask for a mentor or volunteer to serve as one — check the box when you register, email, or call 202-467-2976 by April 13 to participate.

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 e-mail.

The American Public Power Association will be solicting topic submissions for the 2019 Engineering & Operations Technical Conference program through summer 2018. Please check back for more information.

This event is co-hosted by: CPS Energy



More information

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

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

Program/Content Information:
Phone: 202-467-2921; Email: [email protected]

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

Registration for the 2019 E&O Conference will open Fall 2018

Agenda at a Glance

Agenda will be available Fall 2018.


Registration for the 2019 E&O Conference will open Fall 2018. 



Registration Fees

Register by March 1, 2019, to receive these conference registration rates:

  • Association Members: $775
  • Nonmembers: $1,550

Pre-Conference Seminar Fees

Preconference seminars require a separate registration fee. Register by March 1, 2019, to receive these preconference seminar registration rates:

Association Members (half day): $325
Nonmembers (half day): $650

After March 1, 2019, registration fees will increase by $50.

You can register for preconference seminars at the same time you register for the Engineering & Operations Conference.

Not an American Public Power Association member? Join today and save more than $600 on your conference registration. Call Member Services at 202.467.2936 to learn more.

Guest Registrations
Conference registrants may bring a guest to the Welcome Reception and the Vendor Expo Opening Reception.

Cancellation Policy
Registrants who cancel in writing on or before March 22, 2019, 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 2019 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]



The 2019 Engineering & Operations Conference will be held at The Broadmoor, in Colorado Springs, Colorado. 

The Broadmoor
1 Lake Avenue
Colorado Springs, CO 80906

  • Group rate: 
  • Check-in: 4 p.m. / Check-out: Noon 
  • Main telephone: 1-919-833-1120
  • Parking fee:
    • Valet parking fee: Overnight Guests - $30/night; Day Guests - Complimentary 
    • Self-parking:
      • Overnight: $23/night (for a 24-hour period, with in and out privileges),
      • Daily: $4 for the first hour and $2 each add'l. hour (up to a max. of $12/day)​​


  • Online reservation link: 
  • Attendee group code: 
  • Reservation telephone: 
  • Reservation cut-off date: 

Reservations and Cancellation Policy
The cut-off date to receive the Association group rate (plus tax) at the Raleigh Marriott City Center is Wednesday, April 4, 2018. If rooms remain in the Association's blocks after the cut-off date, the Association group rate will be honored. If not, you may be charged a higher rate. The room blocks may sell out before April 4, so early reservations are encouraged. 

Cancelled reservations that are not resold may become a financial liability for the American Public Power Association, 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. Attendees are encouraged to only use the online reservation links, phone numbers, and discount codes available directly from the Association, on our conference brochures and on the Association website for this event.

The hotel is approximately 11 miles from the Colorado Springs Airport (COS). Please visit the hotel website for more information regarding directions and parking. 

Colorado Springs
It's easy to see why Katharine Lee Bates was inspired to write the lyrics to the famous patriotic ballad "America the Beautiful" from Colorado Springs. Look in one direction and you'll see the majestic "purple mountains:" the Colorado Rockies. Shift your eyes in the other direction to find yourself gazing out at "amber waves of grain:" the Great Plains. The beautiful scenery isn't the only reason to head to this former mining town. Colorado Springs is also home to such American institutions as the Air Force Academy and the Olympic Training Center. And over the years, it's become a cross section of personalities. Take to the streets and share the sidewalks with budding politicos, young families, art lovers and more: All stake their claim on this portion of America the Beautiful.

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The typical daily high temperature for Colorado Springs during the conference is 50° F with an average daily low of 20° F. As meeting room temperatures vary, prepare to dress for cool conditions. The attire for the conference is business casual.

For assistance making your hotel arrangements, please contact Meeting Services at 202/467-2941 or [email protected].

Contact us at [email protected].

LOCATION: All conference events will be held in the Raleigh Convention Center (500 S. Salisbury St.) -- Just a short walk from the Marriott and other area hotels. All events will be held on the main/street level (300 level) and the Ballroom Level (one level up). The APPA registration desk will be located on the Ballroom Level. 

Frequently Asked Questions

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

March 31- April 3, 2019
The Broadmoor

Colorado Springs, Colorado

April 19-22, 2020
Crowne Plaza Kansas City Downtown

Kansas City, Missouri

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

Are meals included?

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

  • Sunday - Welcome Reception (light appetizers)
  • Monday - Continental Breakfast
  • Tuesday - Continental Breakfast; Reception (light appetizers)
  • 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.