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.
Palm Springs, California

The Joint Action Conference is an excellent opportunity for joint action agency leaders to expand their views on the essential role agencies play in today’s rapidly changing electricity industry.

The conference is open exclusively to CEOs and senior management of joint action agencies, their board members and commissioners, and American Public Power Association utility members.

January 5-7, 2020
Palm Springs, California


More information

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

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

Program/Content Information:
Phone: 202-467-2919; Email: [email protected]

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



Sunday, January 5 

5 - 6 p.m. - Reception (Guests Welcome)

Monday, January 6

7:30 – 8:30 a.m. 
Registration and Continental Breakfast

8:30 – 8:45 a.m.
Welcome & Opening Remarks 

8:45 – 10:30 a.m.
Preparing for the Future of Electricity: Power Supply and IRP Trends and Outlook
Learn about current trends in power supply and get an expert’s perspective on what we might expect in the future as well as the uncertainties in the forecast. Then hear about new approaches to integrated resource planning and how one joint action agency is integrating its carbon-free goals.

  • Craig Johnson, Senior Deputy General Counsel, Platte River Power Authority, Fort Collins, Colorado
  • Seth Schwartz, President, Energy Ventures Analysis, Arlington, Virginia
  • Kathleen Spees, Principal, The Brattle Group, Washington, D.C.

10:30 – 10:45 a.m.

10:45 a.m. – Noon
Assessing and Improving Member Competitiveness
Hear how one joint action agency has developed a framework to evaluate their members’ current position and develop a roadmap for the future. Utilizing data from retail customer surveys and lengthy utility self-assessments regarding rates, management, technology, staffing and strategic planning, they then look at the utility’s retail customer base and use the framework to demonstrate what the utilities can do to improve and to meet and anticipate their individual customers’ needs. 

  • Andy Fusco, Vice President, ElectriCities of North Carolina, Raleigh, North Carolina

Noon – 1:30 p.m.
Protecting Our Grid: It Takes a Community (Lunch Keynote)    
A presidential appointee to the Department of Homeland Security, Brian Harrell serves as the first Assistant Director for Infrastructure Security within DHS’ U.S. Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency. Brian is the former managing director of enterprise security at the Duke Energy Corporation. He was also director of critical infrastructure protection programs at the North American Electric Reliability Corporation where he was charged with helping protect the electric grid from physical and cyber attack. 

Hear why it takes the entire community to protect the nation and its assets at this perilous time when natural disasters and threats posed by individuals and nation states are on the rise. Hear how the public and private sectors can work together and what you and your members can do to be better prepared.

  • Brian Harrell, Assistant Director for Infrastructure Security, U.S. Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency, Department of Homeland Security, Washington, D.C.

1:30 – 3 p.m. 
Cybersecurity: New Joint Action Agency Services
Many public power utilities may think they are too small to be the target of a cyber attack. Joint action agencies play a critical role in clearing this misconception and helping every public power utility harden its systems for cyber resilience. The Joint Action Agency Advisory Council for Cybersecurity convened by the American Public Power Association has developed a framework to help joint action agencies deliver cybersecurity as a member service. Learn more and see how you can get on board to strengthen your utilities’ cyber preparedness.            

  • Phil Hansen, Chief Information Officer of Business Solutions & Chief Information Officer, WPPI Energy, Sun Prairie, Wisconsin
  • Christopher Kelley, Vice President, Beam Reach Consulting Group,  Severna Park, Maryland
  • Branndon Kelley, Chief Information Officer, American Municipal Power, Inc., Columbus, Ohio

3 – 3:15 p.m. 

3:15 – 4:30 p.m. 
Roundtable Discussion


Tuesday, January 7

7:30 – 8:30 a.m. 
Continental Breakfast

8:30 – 9:45 a.m.
EV Acceleration: New Opportunities for Your Members
Are you supporting your member utilities in encouraging adoption of electric vehicles in their communities? Can you be doing more? Learn how other joint action agencies like yours are charging ahead in the EV race by installing charging stations over long distances and at their own sites, exploring EVs for fleets, and helping members purchase EVs. Learn how agencies are helping utilities with rate design and offering rebates, EV planning toolkits, guidebooks, and other resources to member utilities. 

  • Jennifer Harper, Business and Programs Developer, Energy Northwest, Richland, Washington
  • Matthew Ide, Executive Director, Energy & Financial Markets, Massachusetts Municipal Wholesale Electric Company, Ludlow, Massachusetts
  • Joni Livingston, Director of Member Services and Communications, Missouri River Energy Services, Sioux Falls, South Dakota

9:45 – 10 a.m. 

10 – 11:30 a.m. 
Advocating for Public Power: Why and How
In the past year, talks of privatization or takeovers have gathered steam in some public power communities across the country. Other communities have expressed interest in municipalization. Get an update on trends and threats. Learn how you as a joint action agency can warn your members not to take their business model for granted and help them continuously message the benefits of public power to all stakeholders – media, policymakers, and the public. Hear about public engagement and social media campaigns you can replicate in your regions, even if you see no immediate threats.

  • Barry Moline, Executive Director, California Municipal Utilities Association, Sacramento, California
  • Jacob Williams, General Manager & CEO, Florida Municipal Power Agency, Orlando, Florida
  • Amy Zubaly, Executive Director, Florida Municipal Electric Association, Tallahassee, Florida

Closed to press, consultants, sponsors, vendors, and non-members

11:30 a.m.

Thank You to Our Diamond Sponsors!




Registration for the 2021 Joint Action Conference will open this summer.

The Joint Action Conference is open only to officials from joint action agencies, their board members and commissioners, and public power utilities. Space is limited, so early registrations are encouraged.

Signature and Diamond level sponsors may send one representative to the conference, though certain sessions may be restricted. No other vendors or consultants may attend.


2020 Conference Registration Fees

Members: $745

Nonmembers: $1,490 

Register before December 6, 2019 to take advantage of these early registration prices. Registration fees will increase $50 after December 6. 



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

  • Sunday: Reception (light appetizers)
  • Monday: Continental breakfast and lunch
  • Tuesday: Continental breakfast


Guests of Joint Action Conference attendees are welcome to attend the reception on Sunday. There is no registration fee for guests. You will have an opportunity to provide your guests' name when you register, if you would like a printed name badge for your guest.


Cancellation Policy

Registrants who cancel in writing on or before Dec. 30, 2019, are entitled to a refund of their registration fee, minus a $50 cancellation fee. Registrants who cancel after Dec. 30 will not receive a refund, but attendee substitutions will be allowed for the 2020 Joint Action Conference only. Registrants and no-shows who do not cancel on or before Dec. 30 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]


Thank You to Our Platinum Sponsors!


The 2020 Joint Action Conference will be held at the Hyatt Regency Indian Wells Resort, in greater Palm Springs, California. 

Similar to the Indian Wells community, the Hyatt Regency Indian Wells Resort is a well-preserved secret. Dotted with trees and framed by mountains, the resort—including spa, golf course, lagoons, and swimming poolsspans across 45 lush acres. A stay at Hyatt Regency Indian Wells Resort & Spa puts you less than 20 minutes from Palm Springs. 

Hyatt Regency Indian Wells Resort
44-600 Indian Wells Lane

Indian Wells, CA 92210


  • Main Telephone: (760) 776-1234
  • Group Rates: Single/Double $179 per night, (plus taxes)
  • Reservation Cut-off Date: December 10, 2019
  • Reservation Telephone: 1-877-803-7534
  • Group Code: G-APPA or American Public Power
  • Online Reservation Link: [no longer available]


  • Check-in: 4 p.m. Check-out: 11 a.m.
  • Parking Fee: Valet parking: $15.50/daily 
  • In-Room Wireless: Complimentary

The cut-off date to receive the group rate (plus tax) is December 10, 2019. If rooms remain in the block after the cut-off date, the group rate will be honored. If not, you may be charged a higher rate. The room block may sell out before December 10, so early reservations are encouraged.

The group rate is only available January 4-7, 2019. If you are extending your stay, the group rate may not be available for additional nights, and you may need to make your reservation for those nights separately. 

Cancelled 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 202-467-2941 or [email protected].

Scam Alert
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 the Association—in conference brochures and the website at

The Hyatt Regency Indian Wells Resort is located just 15 miles from the Palm Springs airport (PSP).

If you will be renting a car, you may also want to consider the metro airports serving the region: Ontario (California) International Airport (ONT) is approximately 1.5 hours from the Hyatt Regency Indian Wells Resort; and Los Angeles International Airport (LAX) is approx. 2.5 hours away. 

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

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