Engineering & Operations Technical Conference

The conference of choice for public power professionals charged with designing, developing, and maintaining the nation's electric system.
April 29 - May 2, 2018
Raleigh, North Carolina

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. 

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

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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 2018 Engineering & Operations Technical Conference program through summer 2017. Please check back for more information.

This event is co-hosted by: ElectriCities of North Carolina, Inc.


More information

Registration Information – registration team:
Phone: 202-467-2941; Fax: 202-495-7505; Email: [email protected]

Hotel Information – meeting services team:
Phone: 202-467-2941; Fax: 202-495-7505; Email: [email protected]

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

Billing Information – accounting and finance team:
Phone: 202-467-2967; Fax: 202-495-7467; Email: [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. 

Register now!


The Engineering & Operations Technical Conference program offers three days of keynotes, breakout sessions, and networking opportunities from Monday, April 30 to Wednesday, May 2. Preconference seminars on Sunday, April 29, are a great value-add. 

Breakout Sessions

Benefit from engaging breakout sessions led by industry experts and public power colleagues—take home actionable ideas and tactics.

Breakout sessions are offered Monday through Wednesday, April 30-May 2. Several breakout sessions run concurrently in each time slot and you can go to any sessions you like. Browse sessions below or download the program PDF [coming soon!] for a listing by date/time that you can share with colleagues and use to plan your itinerary.

Sessions cover the following tracks or topic areas:

  • Communications & Control
  • Environmental
  • Generation & Fuels
  • Safety
  • System Planning
  • Transmission & Distribution
  • Supply Management

Agenda at a Glance

Sunday, April 29

8:30 a.m. - Noon
Preconference Seminars

1:30 - 5 p.m.
Preconference Seminars

5 - 6:30 p.m.
Welcome Reception 

Monday, April 30

7:30 - 8:30 a.m.
Networking Continental Breakfast

    8:45 - 10 a.m.
    Opening General Session

    Powering Strong Communities

    • Wally Haase, Chair, American Public Power Association, and General Manager, Navajo Tribal Utility Authority, Fort Defiance, Arizona

    Countering Change with Change: The New Normal

    • Sue Kelly, President & CEO, American Public Power Association

    APPA Awards Presentation

    10 - 10:30 a.m

    • RP3 and Safety Award honoree photos.

    10:30 a.m. - Noon
    Breakout Sessions

    • Security Holes: The Red Team Approach
    • Safety Training: Building a New Culture
    • Supply Management Opening Roundtable 
    • Legislative and Regulatory Overview
    • How "High" is Your Load?

    Noon - 1:30 p.m.
    Lunch (on your own)

    1:30 - 4 p.m.
    Expo Preview Hours

    1:30 - 3 p.m.
    Breakout Sessions

    • Which Way Are You Going? Mapping for Automation
    • Best Practices in Emergency Communications
    • I Made My Power Plant Disappear!
    • Unlock Your Defenses: Physical Security Technologies 
    • All Hands On Deck: Why You Should Participate in GridEx

    3 - 3:15 p.m.

    3:15 - 4:30 p.m.
    Breakout Sessions

    • To Cloud or Not to Cloud
    • If You Can't Measure It, You Can't Improve It
    • Cry for Help BEFORE Disaster Strikes
    • What's Hot in Solar Technology
    • Make it Now, Use it Later

    4:30 - 6:30 p.m.
    Expo Opening Reception

    Photo op: all award winners can have their pictures taken at this time.

    Tuesday, May 1

    7 - 8:15 a.m.
    Women in Public Power Panel and Networking Breakfast

    7:30 - 8:30 a.m.
    Networking Continental Breakfast

    8:30 - 9:45 a.m.
    Breakout Sessions

    • Assessing Your OT Governance 
    • Arc Flash Studies: A Modern Approach
    • Contract with Care: Avoid Collusion and Fraud 
    • An Island in a Sea of Black: How Microgrids Build Resiliency 
    • Small Wireless Devices: Rules of Deployment

    9:45 - 10:45 a.m.
    Vendor Expo & Refreshment Break

    10:45 - Noon
    Breakout Sessions

    • Field Work: Go Mobile to Go Forward
    • Cover Up! Use of Protective Equipment
    • I Need it Now! Extreme Procurement
    • Fast and Furious Electric Vehicles
    • Substation Maintenance Best Practices

    Noon - 1:30 p.m.
    Lunch (on your own)

    1:30 - 2:45 p.m.
    Breakout Sessions

    • Interconnecting Distributed Generation to the Grid
    • No Disasters in a Disaster: Keeping Mutual Aid Safe
    • The High-Tech Warehouse: Track Your Success
    • Portfolio Planning for the Utility of the Future
    • Flying High on Benefits with Drones

    2:45 - 3 p.m.

    3 - 4:15 p.m.
    Breakout Sessions

    • Using AMI Data to Engage Customers 
    • Back Off from Backfeeding
    • Buried Alive! Stop Hoarding in Your Warehouse
    • Winter is Coming: Climate Resiliency and Protecting Your Assets
    • Joint Action Agency/State and Regional Association Roundtable

    4:30 - 5:30 p.m.
    Association Operations and Reliability Power Hour

    6 p.m.
    Young Professionals Happy Hour

    Wednesday, May 2

    7:30 - 8:30 a.m.
    Networking Continental Breakfast

    8:30 - 10 a.m.
    Breakout Sessions

    Roundtable discussions are open only to employees of public power utilities, state and regional associations, and joint action agencies.

    • New Connections: Communications & Control Roundtable
    • Customer Service vs. Employee Safety: Safety Roundtable
    • Supply Management Closing Roundtable
    • Knights of the Environmental Roundtable
    • Shared Solutions: T&D/System Planning Roundtable

    10 - 10:30 a.m.

    10:30 - 11:45 a.m.
    Closing General Session
    Dedication, Pride & Commitment: Leadership Lessons from Black Hawk Down 

    • First Sergeant Matt Eversmann (Ret.), Decorated War Hero and Military Leader

    11:45 a.m.
    Conference Adjourns

    Thursday, May 3

    9 a.m. - 5 p.m.
    Post Conference Seminar
    DOE's Cyber Strike Workshop - FREE

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    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. 


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    Registration Fees

    Register by March 30, 2018, to receive these conference registration rates:

    • Association Members: $745
    • Nonmembers:  $1,490

    Pre-Conference Seminar Fees

    Preconference seminars require a separate registration fee. Register by March 30, 2018, to receive these preconference seminar registration rates:

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

    After March 30, 2018, 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 April 22, 2018, are entitled to a refund of their registration fee, minus a $50 cancellation fee. Registrants who cancel after April 22 will not receive a refund, but attendee substitutions will be allowed for the 2018 Engineering & Operations Conference only. Registrants and no-shows who do not cancel on or before April 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]

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    The 2018 Engineering & Operations Conference will be held at the Raleigh Convention Center. Conference attendees should stay in the Association's room block at the Raleigh Marriott City Center, located just steps away from the Convention Center in the heart of downtown Raleigh.

    Raleigh Marriott City Center
    500 Fayetteville Street
    Raleigh, NC 27601

    • Group rate: $199 (Single/Double) per night (plus 12.5% tax)
    • Check-in: 4 p.m. / Check-out: Noon 
    • Main telephone: 1-919-833-1120
    • Parking fee:
      • Valet parking fee: $30/overnight; Day Guests - $18/day 
      • Off-site parking fee: $3/hour, $12/day​​


    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 15 miles from the Raleigh-Durham International Airport (RDU). Please visit the hotel website for more information regarding directions and parking.

    SkyLink Shuttle is offering a 10% discounted rate for attendees when they book ground transportation to or from the airport on-line. Please use this link to book your transportation - Please note, you must provide 8 hours of advanced notice to SkyLink Shuttle when arranging your own ground transportation.   

    A visit to Raleigh is more than a trip to a blossoming Southern metropolis—you'll feel enriched and energized the instant you're warmly welcomed by this historic capital city's smart, savvy locals. Invigorate your senses by sampling the many flavors of cutting-edge Southern cuisine enhanced by artisan craft brews and spirits. Get your toes tapping to the sounds of emerging music and bands, as well as rollicking bluegrass festivals and more. Discover gifts and treasures from local boutiques, including many handmade and custom designs for truly eclectic finds. 

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    The typical daily high temperature for Raleigh during the conference is 75° F with an average daily low of 65° 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.