Conference

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 9 - 11, 2022
The Henderson Beach Resort
Sponsors
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 Information:
Phone: 202-467-2941; Email: [email protected]

Program/Content Information:
Phone: 202-467-2980; Email: [email protected]

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

Program

Click here to view the session schedule.

Sunday, January 9

5 – 6 p.m.    
Welcome Reception
(Guests welcome)


Monday, January 10

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

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

9 – 10:15 a.m.    
Preparing for the Clean Energy Future

Hear how a panel of joint action agency leaders are adjusting their energy portfolios to build toward a non-emitting future. Discuss recent and expected legislation and regulatory changes, including what steps joint action agencies are taking to meet policy and rule changes at the federal and state levels. 

Kevin Gaden, President & CEO, Illinois, Municipal Electric Agency; Randy Howard, General Manager, Northern California Power Agency; Doug Hunter, CEO & General Manager, Utah Associated Municipal Power Systems; and Jacob Williams, General Manager & CEO, Florida Municipal Power Agency 

10:15 – 10:30 a.m.     
Break

10:30 – 11:30 a.m.      
The Future of Natural Gas 

Get an update on the natural gas market, including forecasts on expectations for the supply, demand, and prices in the near and long term. Reflect on industry lessons learned from Winter Storm Uri and explore the possible role of natural gas in a clean energy future.  

Catherine Elder, Principal Associate, Energy Policy & Market Assessment, Aspen Environmental Group

11:30 – 12:45 p.m.     
Networking Lunch & Roundtable Discussion
(hosted by APPA) 

12:45 – 1:30 p.m.     
The Future of Nuclear 

Dive into the state of nuclear energy, including prospects and challenges facing the current fleet and the exciting developments happening with the next generation of nuclear technology. Explore advancements and trends in nuclear energy in the U.S. and globally, including the variety of microreactors, small modular reactors, and medium and large units poised to come online in the next decade. 

Maria Korsnick, President & CEO, Nuclear Energy Institute

1:30 – 1:45 p.m.
Break  
 

1:45 – 2:45 p.m.    
The Future of Renewable Energy 

Hear about new developments in renewable energy, including solar, wind, storage and hydropower. Hear about challenges and opportunities of each of the technologies and where they are headed. Then hear how joint action agencies are moving forward with their projects and how you can learn from their experiences. 

Patrick Bowland, CEO & General Manager, Michigan Public Power Agency; and Tom Rowlands-Rees, Head of Research, North America, BloombergNEF

2:45 – 3 p.m.     
Break

3 – 4 p.m.    
The Future of Coal 

From carbon capture to decommissioning and site redevelopment, hear about the latest barriers and opportunities for coal-fired plants. Review options for such facilities in the changing energy landscape, from further emissions controls to potential site reuse as an economic development tool. 

Emily Medine, Principal, Energy Ventures Analysis 

4 – 5 p.m.    
Roundtable Discussion

5:30 – 6:30 p.m. 
Reception 


Tuesday, January 11

7:30 – 8:30 a.m.    
Breakfast 

8:30 – 9:45 a.m.    
New Services for Emerging Utility Needs

As operating a public power utility becomes increasingly complex, your members are in need of an expanding array of expertise – from communications to data management, engineering, mutual aid, security, and technology services. Get ideas and practical tips for how joint action agencies can meet these needs – including how to make these services attractive so that your members actually use them. Share details about any new services you are offering, ask your peers for experience in other areas you’re exploring, and swap strategies on effectively supporting smaller utilities. 

Tom Heller, President & CEO, Missouri River Energy Services; Roy Jones, CEO, ElectriCities of North Carolina, Inc.; David Osburn, General Manager, Oklahoma Municipal Power Authority; and Michael Peters, President/CEO, WPPI Energy

9:45 – 10 a.m.    
Break

10 – 11:30 a.m.    
Creating a Culture of Innovation

Learn how to stimulate a culture of innovation in your agency, including what processes, tools, and techniques are effective at shaping change and capturing ideas. Walk through others’ journeys to become more innovative, including the challenges and successes faced to date.

Tom Kent, President & Chief Executive Officer, Nebraska Public Power District; Jolene Thompson, President & CEO, and Branndon Kelley, Chief Information Officer, American Municipal Power, Inc.; and Joanie Teofilo, President & CEO, The Energy Authority 

11:30 a.m.      
Adjourn

Hotel

The 2022 Joint Action Conference will take place at the Henderson Beach Resort in Destin, Florida.

The Henderson Beach Resort
200 Henderson Resort Way
Destin, FL 32641

With a stunning location on some of the most breathtaking stretches of sand in the world, and the tranquil jeweled waters of the Gulf of Mexico right at its doorstep, there is literally an endless list of activities and attractions for everyone to experience at the Henderson Beach Resort. Whether you’re more of the adventurous type and prefer exploring the undersea wonders with a mask and snorkel, or just want to chill out poolside and spend the afternoon soaking up the Florida sunshine, the options are indeed limitless.

Reservations

  • Main Telephone: (855) 702-3087
  • Group Rate: $229 (Single/Double) per night (plus $20 resort fee, 7% sales tax, 5% occupancy tax)
  • Reservation Cut-off Date: December 20, 2021
  • Reservation Telephone: (855) 702-3087
    • Group Code: Reference American Public Power or 1097XK
  • Online Reservation Link: https://hendersonbeachresort.com/#/booking/step-1?group=1097XK 

Logistics 

  • Check in: 4 p.m. Check out: 11 a.m.
  • Parking: $25 per day (Valet); $15 per day (Self-parking)
  • Internet access: Complimentary wireless internet in guest rooms and meeting space

Reservations & Cancellations

The cut-off date to receive the APPA group rate is Monday, December 20, 2021. If rooms remain in the block after the cut-off date, the group rate will be honored. If not, you may charged a higher rate. The room block may sell out before December 20, 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 www.PublicPower.org

Transportation

Located in North West Florida (and within a day's drive from major southern cities), Destin is accessible from these airports: 

  • Northwest Florida Regional Airport
    Airport code VPS (Ft. Walton Beach, FL) 20 miles/30 minutes
     
  • Northwest Florida Beaches International Airport
    Airport code ECP (Panama City Beach, FL) 50 miles/60 minutes
     
  • Pensacola International Airport
    Airport code PNS (Pensacola, FL) 75 miles/85 minutes

Travel arrangements and costs are the responsibility of the participants (including hotel parking, WiFi, incidentals, etc.). APPA will not reimburse for changes in travel expenditures regardless of the cause.

Questions and Assistance

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

Registration

Register Now! 

Registration Fees

 

Before December 10

After December 10

Member

$795

$845

Nonmember

$1,590

$1,640

Not yet an American Public Power Association member? Join today and save $795 on your conference registration. Call 202-467-2926 or email [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

Discount
(per person)

Member
Registration Fee
(per person,
before Dec. 10)

Nonmember
Fee (per person,
before Dec. 10)

1-4

n/a

$795

$1,590

5-10

$50

$745

$1,540

11-15

$100

$695

$1,490

16+

$150

$645

$1,440

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 Friday, December 31, 2021, are entitled to a refund of their registration fee, minus a $50 cancellation fee. Registrants who cancel after December 31 will not receive a refund, but attendee substitutions will be allowed for the 2022 Joint Action Conference only. Registrants and no-shows who do not cancel on or before December 31 are responsible for the full registration fee and are not entitled to a refund of their registration fee. 

Requests must be made in writing 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]
202-467-2941

Program/Content
[email protected]
202-467-2980

Billing
[email protected]
202-467-2967

Sponsorship
[email protected]
202-467-2926

COVID-19 Safety Protocols

The safety of those attending the American Public Power Association (APPA) 2022 Joint Action Conference is our top priority. We are partnering with the hotel, have talked to local health officials, and are applying lessons-learned from other associations to ensure we follow all the best practices for safely hosting in-person meetings in the current environment. We are relying on everyone to do their part to keep themselves and everyone else safe during the conference.

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 before they will be permitted to attend the conference. 

What attendees must do

When you register

All participants must agree to abide by APPA's safety protocols before registering for the conference. Your registration implies your consent to adhere to these standards. 

These protocols may include wearing a mask at all times in public areas; engaging in appropriate physical distancing and hygiene practices; submitting to daily health screenings and temperature checks; and not attending the conference if you are ill, actively experiencing COVID-19 symptoms or have recently been in close contact with someone who has tested positive or been diagnosed with COVID-19.

Safety protocols (including mask requirements) will be updated as the situation evolves and will be communicated to all participants before the event. 

Pre-Event Health Assessment 

Registrants will be asked to complete a self-assessment prior to traveling to the event. Participants do not need to submit a separate form; but we ask all attendees to honestly answer these questions to help us protect all conference attendees, staff, and the local community. 

  1. Have you had any of the following NEW or UNUSUAL-FOR-YOU symptoms within the past 72 hours? 
    • Fever of 100.4 degrees or above, or possible fever-like symptoms such as alternating chills and sweating.
    • Frequent cough (not a chronic cough or your normal seasonal allergies)
    • Trouble breathing, shortness of breath, or severe wheezing 
    • Muscle or body aches that are not exercise related
    • Sore throat
    • New loss of smell or taste 
    • Headache
  2. Have you, or anyone in your household or group, tested positive or are awaiting test results for COVID-19?
  3. Do you, or anyone in your household or group, have the symptoms of COVID-19 as listed above?
  4. Are you currently subject to a stay-at-home order from your doctor or state or local requirements to quarantine, isolate, or stay at home? 

If you answer YES to any of these questions, please STAY AT HOME. Please send your cancellation request to [email protected].

COVID Test Recommended 

We are recommending (not requiring) all participants get a COVID test 3 days before the conference; and again 3 days after returning home. 

Anyone who tests positive before the conference should stay home. If anyone tests positive after the conference, they should email Amy Rigney-Gay, APPA’s Vice President of Human Resources & Administration, at [email protected] to confidentially report so we can try to conduct contact tracing.

On-site Safety Protocols

The safety of all conference participants is our top priority. All conference participants must: 

  1. Follow APPA mask policy (if masks are deemed required for this event). 
  2. Adhere to CDC, and state and local guidance before and during the event. 
  3. Complete the health check-in each day before entering the APPA meeting space (see below).
  4. Sign in at your table at each session you attend.
  5. Engage in appropriate physical distancing and hygiene practices.
  6. Be respectful of all other attendees and their comfort levels.
  7. Not attend the event if you are ill, actively experiencing any COVID-19 symptoms or have recently been in close contact with someone who is experiencing COVID symptoms or has tested positive for COVID-19.
  8. Notify APPA’s Vice President of Human Resources & Administration at [email protected] if you test positive for COVID-19 up to 14 days after returning home.

On-site Daily Health Check-in

Each day of the conference, all participants will be required to complete a short health questionnaire, as many of us do when we come into the office. No medical tests are required; APPA will not ask for any medical records, test results, or proof of vaccination. 

The daily health check-in will be a simple online form, asking participants to self-certify that: 

  • You are not currently experiencing any COVID-19 symptoms that can't be explained by something else;
  • You have not recently come into close contact with someone with COVID-19 or experiencing COVID-19 symptoms; and 
  • You are continuing to follow CDC and local guidance. 

Participants must complete the daily health check-in before entering the APPA meeting space. A link will be emailed to attendees in advance, and will be available through the conference mobile app.

Show your completion screen when you arrive at the meeting space each morning to receive a colored wristband. 

  • When you complete the questionnaire, you will get a screen telling you to proceed to the meeting. Simply show this screen on your mobile device to verify you have completed your daily check in.
  • If you aren't able to show your completion screen, someone will look you up by name to verify you have completed your check-in. 

Your wristband is required for entry into all APPA sessions and activities. It also confers in-and-out privileges; once you receive your wristband for the day, you can enter and exit the APPA meeting space freely just by showing your wristband.

What we are doing

Personal Safety

APPA will take the following steps to ensure the health and safety of all meeting participants:

  • All participants (including attendees, speakers, sponsors, guests and staff) will agree to and be required to follow safety protocols put in place by APPA.
  • All participants must complete a daily health questionnaire before entering the meeting space. Attendees will receive a wristband confirming they have completed the daily check in so they may enter/exit the meeting space without having to complete it again on that day.
  • Masks are required in all APPA meeting areas and at official APPA functions, except when eating or drinking.

Meeting experience

APPA is examining every aspect of the in-person meeting experience to ensure we are taking all appropriate precautions to protect the safety of participants, including:

  • Modifying room seating and event layouts to allow for social distancing.
  • Redesigning networking opportunities to accommodate social distancing while still facilitating meaningful conversations and exchanges.
  • Holding networking events outdoors, whenever possible. 
  • Making changes at our registration desk to alleviate congestion and reduce contact points.
  • During sessions, Q&A will be administered through the conference mobile app (instead of shared microphones). 
  • APPA may employ assigned seating, queued entrances, or timed entrance and exits of meeting rooms to manage crowd control and accommodate room capacity limits, according to state or local mandates. 

Cleaning and hygiene 

APPA is working with the hotel to ensure the cleanliness of the meeting facilities. 

  • APPA will develop and institute a cleaning and sanitizing schedule with the hotel that meets the specific needs of the conference and our attendees. 
  • High-touch surfaces within the meeting space will be cleaned multiple times a day.
  • Hand sanitizer stations will be positioned throughout the meeting space.
  • Additional hygienic supplies, including disinfectant wipes, gloves, and disposable masks, will be made available to attendees. 
  • APPA is working with the hotel to ensure all hotel culinary and banquet team members adhere to strict guidelines for the preparation, handling and serving of food & beverages. 
  • APPA will keep attendees updated on the hotel’s COVID related practices and protocols.  

Questions?

Contact us at [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)

Please note that you will only be able to earn educational credits for the sessions you attend live during the conference. We are not able to offer educational credits for any session recordings you watch later.

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

Registrants who cancel in writing on or before Friday, December 31, 2021, are entitled to a refund of their registration fee, minus a $50 cancellation fee. Registrants who cancel after December 31 will not receive a refund, but attendee substitutions will be allowed for this event only. Registrants and no-shows who do not cancel by December 31 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].

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.

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. Email the completed registration form 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

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.