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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 12 - 14, 2025
Scottsdale, Arizona

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.

Program

Agenda at a Glance

Sunday, January 7

5 – 6 pm

Welcome Reception
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 8 

7:30 – 8:30 am         

Registration & Networking Breakfast
Energize your morning with coffee and connections at our informal continental breakfast. .

8:30 – 9 am  

Welcome & Introductions

American Public Power Association Update
Scott Corwin, President & CEO, American Public Power Association

9 – 10 am

Ensuring Future Reliability and Resiliency 
Extreme weather events continue to upend peoples’ lives, from displacing them from their homes to having them go temporarily without essential services and more. Hear an expert’s view on what the future holds as it relates to climate change and extreme weather, and what the electric sector can do to ensure reliable electricity and energy supplies. Also discuss what trends show will be likely changes in electric consumption patterns, and how much we can count on having adequate water supplies and other essential services to maintain operations. 

Daniel Kirk-Davidoff, Senior Technical Leader, Energy Systems and Climate Analysis Group, Electric Power Research Institute
 

10 – 10:15 am         

Break

10:15 11:30 am

Resource Adequacy and the Capacity Markets
The changing generation supply mix, combined with extreme weather events, has elevated the resource adequacy conversation. Get an update on what that discussion looks like within the capacity markets, including changing market designs and valuations to account for the growing share of renewable energy and how that capacity contributes to reliability. Discuss on a macro level how the country can manage resource adequacy – within the markets and beyond. 

Adam Keech, Vice President, Market Design and Economics, PJM Interconnections, LLC; Matt King, Director, Markets & Analytics, and Perry Servedio, Senior Project Manager, GDS Associates, Inc.

11:30 am – 12:45 pm

Lunch Keynote: Countering Challenges to Reliability 

Jim Robb, President and Chief Executive Officer, North American Electric Reliability Corporation

12:45 – 1:45 pm

Natural Gas Market Forecast
Get an update on where the natural gas market stands, including the latest trends in prices and supply expected for 2024, and check in on the status of efforts to improve coordination between the natural gas and electric industries.

Michael Gehring, Director, Portfolio Management & Analytics, The Energy Authority

1:45 – 2 pm

Break

2  – 3:15 pm    

Improving Generator Interconnections 
The amount of new electric capacity in interconnection queues is growing dramatically, with over 2,000 gigawatts of total generation and storage capacity seeking connection to the grid. Learn where the interconnection queues stand, including what is contributing to the backlogs, and review how FERC’s transmission reforms could ease the backlog of generation and storage projects in interconnection queues across the country. 

Joseph Rand, Energy Policy Researcher, Electricity Markets and Policy Group, Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory; Kathleen Ratcliff, Energy Analyst, Federal Energy Regulatory Commission

3:15 – 3:30 pm

Break

3:30 – 4:30 pm

The Future of Storage
Explore the latest in battery storage technology research and development, and then discuss the feasibility of deploying battery storage now and in the near future, including whether batteries will count for capacity credit. Take a look at how your members and their customers use of battery storage could affect your operations and forecasts.

Nate Blair, Group Manager, National Renewable Energy Laboratory; and Justin Connell, Director of Energy Markets, Massachusetts Municipal Wholesale Electric Company 

– 6 pm

Reception
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 9

7:30 – 8:30 am         

Networking Breakfast
Energize your morning with coffee and connections at our informal continental breakfast.

8:30 – 10:30 am

Ideas for Innovation in Joint Action 
Get an inside look into some of the innovative programs and projects being undertaken by your fellow joint action agencies. From standardization to address supply chain issues, strengthening culture through leadership training to peer reviews, energy pre-pay, and more. Following the roundup of brief panel presentations, engage in a lively roundtable discussion to share your ideas for ways to better serve your members. 

Andrew Fusco, Chief Strategy Officer, ElectriCities of North Carolina, Inc.; Branndon KelleyChief Strategy Officer & SVP of Strategy and Innovation, American Municipal Power, Inc.; Lynne Tejeda, General Manager and CEO, Keys Energy Services, Florida; and Peter Thompson, Manager of Operations, Alabama Municipal Electric Authority

10:30 am         

Adjourn

Registration

Registration

 

Registration Fees

2024 Conference Registration Fees

 

Before Dec. 8
Early Registration Deadline

After Dec. 8
Early Registration Deadline

Member

$895

$995

Nonmember

$1,790

$1,890

Not yet a member? Join today and save money on your conference registration. Contact [email protected] to learn more.

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)
1-4 n/a
5-9 $50
10-14 $100
15-24 $150
25+ $200

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.

Registration Help

Check out our Registration FAQs for answers to the most common questions and help with all your registration-related issues. 

Cancellation, Refund, and Substitution Policy

Registrants who cancel in writing on or before Tuesday, January 2, 2024, are entitled to a refund of their registration fee, minus a $100 cancellation fee. Registrants who cancel after January 2 will not receive a refund, but attendee substitutions will be allowed for the 2024 Joint Action Conference only. Registrants and no-shows who do not cancel on or before January 2 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.

 

Hotel

Hotel

The APPA room block at the Naples Grande Beach Resort is sold out. Please contact [email protected] to be added to the waiting list, for local hotel recommendations and further assistance. We will do our best to get you into the hotel or assist you with other local accommodations. 

 

The 2024 Joint Action Conference will be held at the Naples Grande Beach Resort in Naples, Florida. 

Naples Grande Beach Resort
475 Seagate Drive
Naples, FL 34103

Naples Grande Beach Resort invites guests to explore the warm beach property and indulge in an inclusive getaway full of nature, leisure activities, and incredible nearby sights. The resort's ideal central Naples location makes all the destination’s attractions a short drive away to experience it all. At Naples Grande Beach Resort luxury is reimagined and paradise is rediscovered.

Reservations

  • Main Telephone: 1 (239) 597-3232
  • Group Rate: $329 (Single/Double) per night (plus applicable taxes and fees: 7% state fee + 5% occupancy fee)
  • Reservation Cut-off Date: December 16, 2023
  • Reservation Telephone: 1 (844) 489-9663
  • Group Code: 2024 Joint Action Conference 
  • Online Reservation Link: https://book.passkey.com/gt/219261994?gtid=936ff0808ff117d3a6b74a183f76cb9

Logistics

  • Check in: 4 pm Check out: 11 am
  • Parking: Self-Parking: $18/night / Valet Parking: $28/night
  • Guest Room Internet access: Complimentary standard wireless internet

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 www.PublicPower.org.

Cancellation Policy

The cut-off date to receive the APPA group rate (plus tax) is December 16, 2023. 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 16 so early reservations are encouraged. Make your reservations directly with the hotel at the contact information above.  

Cancelled reservations that are not resold may become a financial liability for APPA, so please make your reservations thoughtfully. If you require additional assistance with housing, please contact Meeting Services at [email protected].

Dress Code

The attire for the conference is business casual. Meeting room temperatures vary, so prepare to dress for cool conditions.  

Questions and Assistance

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

FAQs

Frequently Asked Questions

Where and when will the Joint Action Conferences be held in the future?

  • 2025 Joint Action Conference
    January 12-14, 2025
    Andaz Scottsdale Resort & Bungalows
    Scottsdale, Arizona
  • 2026 Joint Action Conference
    January 11-13, 2026
    Henderson Beach Resort
    Destin, Florida

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.

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].

More Information

Contact us for more information and assistance: 

Registration: [email protected]

Program/Content: [email protected]

Hotel: [email protected]

Billing: [email protected]