Joint Action Conference

Meet and discuss emerging policy, regulatory, and power supply issues, and other topics related to the governance and management of joint action agencies.
January 8 - 10, 2023
San Diego, California

Common challenges. Collaborative solutions.

Join your peers to address public power’s biggest policy and management challenges at the Joint Action Conference.

Hear from the experts, catch up with colleagues and friends, and share your perspectives on the new and evolving challenges facing joint action agencies and public power utilities.

Who should attend

This premier leadership event is designed for CEOs and senior management of joint action agencies and state associations, their board members and commissioners, and public power utilities.

Select conference sessions may be restricted to only APPA member utilities, joint action agencies, and State Associations. See conference program for details.

More information

Registration: [email protected]

Program/Content: [email protected]

Hotel: [email protected]

Billing: [email protected]



Sunday, January 8

5 – 6 p.m. 
Welcome Reception (Guests welcome)
Enjoy hors d’oeuvres and drinks while you reconnect with old friends, meet new people, and network with public power utility and joint action agency leaders from across the nation.

Monday, January 9

7:30 – 8:30 a.m. 
Registration & Breakfast

8:30 – 9 a.m. 
Welcome & Introductions
American Public Power Association Update
Joy Ditto
, President & CEO, American Public Power Association

9 – 10:30 a.m.
Keynote: Calming Climate Panic
Climate denial and environmental alarmism are both fueled by powerful economic interests hoping to sway public opinion. Shellenberger, long a controversial figure in the environmental movement, shares his ecomodernist stance on how certain policies aimed at increasing sustainability have harmed the environment and the energy industry. Discuss potential technology-based avenues and alternatives for an energy transition, and why he believes a more optimistic view on climate change should be encouraged in our communities.   

Michael Shellenberger, Founder and President of Environmental Progress, an independent and nonprofit research organization, and best-selling author of San Fransicko (HarperCollins 2021) and Apocalypse Never (Harper Collins 2020). He is a Time Magazine “Hero of the Environment,” and Green Book Award Winner. 

10:30 – 10:45 a.m.

10:45 – 11:45 a.m.
Natural Gas Outlook
Get an update on where the natural gas market stands and what trends in prices and supply are expected for 2023 and beyond – and how this focus of geopolitical tensions makes for a volatile and wide-ranging market forecast.

Dena Wiggins, President, Natural Gas Supply Association

11:45 a.m. – 1 p.m. 
Lunch Keynote (hosted by APPA) 

Elliot Mainzer, President & Chief Executive Officer, California ISO

1 – 2 p.m.
New Strategies for Meeting Clean Energy Goals
Examine various strategies joint action agencies are using to meet their clean energy standards, and get an update on how public power projects and facilities can take advantage of the “direct pay” mechanism and other credits enacted as part of the Inflation Reduction Act and the Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act.

Jack Alvey, President & CEO, Indiana Municipal Power Agency; and Greg Cullen, Vice President, Energy Services and Development, Energy Northwest

2 – 2:15 p.m.

2:15 – 3:15 p.m. 
Addressing Fuel Cost Concerns
As fuel costs – particularly natural gas – continue to rise, joint action agencies and their members are faced with increased generation expenses and more power cost adjustments. Discuss the extent of the problem and the impacts these issues are having on member utilities. Swap ideas for assisting and communicating with members to lessen the potential sticker shock for their supply needs and among their customers. 

Dave Geschwind, Executive Director & CEO, Southern Minnesota Municipal Power Agency; Dave Osburn, General Manager, Oklahoma Municipal Power Authority; and Jacob Williams, General Manager & CEO, Florida Municipal Power Agency

3:15 – 3:30 p.m.  

3:30 – 4:30 p.m.
Partnering for Enhanced Cybersecurity
Learn how important of a role joint action agencies play in ensuring public power’s collective cyber defense. Gain insight into how JAAs can lead their members into a more secure environment through collaborative activities, whether in offering cyber mutual assistance, facilitating government partnerships, or beyond. 

Mike Peters, President/CEO, WPPI Energy; and Jolene Thompson, President & CEO, American Municipal Power, Inc. (AMP)

5 – 6 p.m.
Enjoy some food, drinks, and down time with the friends and colleagues you already know, and grow your network of public power contacts.

Tuesday, January 10

7:30 – 8:30 a.m.

8:30 – 9:45 a.m. 
Assess Potential for New Services
A roundup of new programs joint action agencies are offering their members, including on electric vehicles, energy efficiency and demand side management, ambassador programs, and more. In addition to sparking ideas about potential new services, learn how others assessed return on investment and determined the appropriate scope and eligibility for their programs. 

Tim Blodgett, Vice President of Member Support, Missouri River Energy Services

9:45 – 10 a.m.

10 – 11:30 a.m.
Addressing Workforce Challenges
Hear how joint action agencies are addressing both long-standing workforce issues, such as succession planning, recruitment, and compensation, and taking novel approaches to reshape employee incentives and benefits to remain competitive in today’s job market.

John Twitty, President & CEO, Missouri Public Utility Alliance 

11:30 a.m.



Registration Fees


Before December 9

After December 9







Not yet an American Public Power Association member? Join today and save $825 on your conference registration. Contact [email protected] to learn more. 

Group Discounts

Save money on each registration for the Joint Action Conference when your organization registers 5 or more people. The larger your group, the more you save!

Number of registrants

(per person)

Registration Fee
(per person, before Dec. 9)













25+ $200 $625

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 Tuesday, January 3, 2023, are entitled to a refund of their registration fee, minus a $50 cancellation fee. Registrants who cancel after January 3 will not receive a refund, but attendee substitutions will be allowed for the 2023 Joint Action Conference only. Registrants and no-shows who do not cancel on or before January 3 are responsible for the full registration fee and are not entitled to a refund of their registration fee. 

Cancellation requests must 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]



The 2023 Joint Action Conference will take place at the Fairmont Grand Del Mar in San Diego, California. 

Fairmont Grand Del Mar
5300 Grand Del Mar Ct,
San Diego, CA 92130

Fairmont Grand Del Mar welcomes guests to Southern California to capture elegance and charm of an old-world Mediterranean estate. San Diego’s own luxury golf resort and spa is delighted to offer a Five-Star spa, a Tom Fazio designed private golf course, yoga and fitness classes, hiking trails, and unique dining experiences including San Diego’s first MICHELIN-starred restaurant. Fairmont Grand Del Mar is magnificently situated on 400-acres in a pristine coastal canyon five miles from the Pacific Ocean. 



  • Check in: 4 p.m. Check out: 12 p.m.
  • Parking: Valet parking only: $60 per night
  • Internet access: Complimentary wireless internet in guest rooms

Reservations & Cancellations

The cut-off date to receive the group rate is Friday, December 16, 2022. The room blocks may sell out before December 16, so early reservations are encouraged. Make your reservations directly with the hotel using the links or telephone numbers above.

Cancelled reservations that are not resold may become a financial liability for APPA, 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. Use only the online reservation links, phone numbers, and discount codes available directly from APPA —in conference brochures and the website at

Questions and Assistance

For questions or assistance making your hotel arrangements, contact [email protected].

COVID-19 Safety Protocols

The safety of those attending the American Public Power Association (APPA) 2023 Joint Action Conference is our top priority. 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. 

Note: These policies may be updated if CDC guidance changes. Any changes to these safety protocols will be communicated to all participants before the conference.

Before You Travel

  • We recommend all participants get a COVID test no more than 3 days before traveling to the conference. You will not be asked to show any proof of negative test results. 
  • Participants should abide by CDC guidelines for quarantine or isolation if you are exposed to or test positive for COVID-19 in the days leading up to the the conference. 
  • If you need to cancel your registration due to COVID or possible COVID exposure, send your cancellation request to [email protected].

On-site Safety Protocols

  • Do not attend the event if you are ill or actively experiencing any COVID-19 symptoms; participants who have recently been exposed to or tested positive for COVID should follow CDC guidelines to determine if it is safe for them to participate. 
  • Masks are welcome, but will not be required. Masks will be available at the APPA registration desk for any participants who would like one.
  • Engage in appropriate physical distancing and hygiene practices.
  • Be respectful of all other attendees and their comfort levels regarding distancing, masking, etc.


Contact [email protected].

Frequently Asked Questions

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 - Reception
  • Monday - Continental Breakfast
  • Monday - Lunch
  • Tuesday - 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.

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

Registrants who cancel in writing on or before Friday, December 30, 2022, are entitled to a refund of their registration fee, minus a $50 cancellation fee. Registrants who cancel after December 30 will not receive a refund, but attendee substitutions will be allowed for the 2023 Joint Action Conference only. Registrants and no-shows who do not cancel on or before December 30 are responsible for the full registration fee and are not entitled to a refund of their registration fee. 

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.

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.

More questions?

Contact [email protected].