Joint Action Virtual Conference

Meet and discuss emerging policy, regulatory, and power supply issues, and other topics related to the governance and management of joint action agencies.
February 4 - 5, 2021

The Joint Action Conference will be held virtually in 2021. 

Learn more about the decisions made about Q1 2021 events.

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Common challenges. Collaborative solutions.

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


Thursday, February 4

All times Eastern

11 a.m. – 11:45 a.m. ET
Welcome and Opening Keynote
Joy Ditto, President & CEO, American Public Power Association

The Pandemic, the Economy, and Public Power
The pandemic affected the global economy in many drastic ways – including longer-term ripple effects that might reach the electric sector and public power in particular. Hear about potential impacts of the incoming administration’s policy agenda and most likely outcomes for the electric and natural gas markets, particularly in the context of a likely priority on COVID-related issues early in 2021.

Christine Tezak, Managing Director – Research, ClearView Energy Partners, LLC

11:45 a.m. – Noon ET

Noon – 1 p.m. ET
What to Expect in the New Congress 
Get insight into what’s likely to happen with the new Administration – from carbon policies to investment tax credits, production tax credits, infrastructure, and more – and how any changes will affect public power.

Desmarie Waterhouse, Vice President, Government Relations & Counsel, and John Godfrey, Senior Government Relations Director, American Public Power Association

1 – 1:30 p.m. ET

1:30 – 2:30 p.m. ET
Putting Clean Energy Standards into Practice
Learn how your fellow joint action agency executives are tackling the challenges of implementing Clean Energy Standards (CES). Hear the different ways they are calculating carbon emissions with RTO markets, discover how they define and determine their “carbon-free” energy supply, and understand the real costs of achieving an 80% clean energy standard.  

Dave Geschwind, Executive Director & CEO, Southern Minnesota Municipal Power Agency; Tom Heller, Chief Executive Officer, Missouri River Energy Services, South Dakota; and Jacob Williams, General Manager & CEO, Florida Municipal Power Agency

2:30 – 2:45 p.m. ET

2:45 – 3:45 p.m. ET
How Electricity Markets are Reshaping Joint Action
From east to west, wholesale electricity markets are a hotbed of changing regulations and shifting operational paradigms. Get an overview of recent developments (including recent FERC orders requiring distribution-level resources to participate in wholesale markets) directly from a panel of regional transmission organization executives, who will weigh in on how new orders will be implemented, what changes they expect to see, and what they’re planning for the future.  

Stu Bresler, Senior Vice President – Market Services, PJM Interconnection; Richard Doying, Executive Vice President, Market and Grid Strategy, MISO; and Anna McKenna, Interim Head of Market Policy and Performance, California ISO

3:45 – 4 p.m. ET

4 – 5 p.m. ET
Roundtable Discussions
Join your peers for roundtable discussions on the hot-button issues of the day. Turn on your cameras and microphones and join in with a small group to share your experiences related to a topic of your choice, such as continuing member challenges with COVID-19, new board orientations, mutual aid, buyout/sellout updates, and more. (Topics will be updated closer to event date).

Participation in the roundtable discussions is restricted to APPA member utilities, joint action agencies, and state associations. 

5 – 6 p.m. ET
Networking Event
End the day with a bit of fun while continuing the conversation with your joint action peers nationwide.


Friday, February 5

All times Eastern

11 – 11:45 a.m. ET
Day 2 Welcome and Keynote
Jolene Thompson, Chair, APPA Board of Directors; and President & CEO, American Municipal Power, Inc. 

Fostering Innovation
Innovation is vital to future success, but not always easy to embrace or encourage. Hear how joint action agencies can stimulate a culture of innovation and how tools such as innovation roadmaps can kindle the process in your agency. Learn what formal practices lead to results and how to keep the spark of innovation glowing well into the future. 

Thierry Mortier, Partner, Global Digital & Innovation Lead - Energy, Ernst & Young

11:45 a.m. – Noon ET

Noon – 1 p.m. ET
New Services for Emerging Utility Needs 
Public power utilities have an ever-growing list of support needs: communications, data management, education and training, engineering, mutual aid, operations, and technology services. Discuss how joint action agencies can meet these needs – and what makes these services attractive so that your members actually use them. Learn what new services joint action agencies are offering and how they meet the needs of smaller utilities, and share what other areas you’re exploring. 

Randy Howard, General Manager, Northern California Power Agency; Paul Mahlberg, General Manager, Kansas Municipal Energy Agency; and Raj Rao, President/CEO, Indiana Municipal Power Agency

1 – 1:30 p.m. ET

1:30 – 2:30 p.m. ET
Managing Renewables
As you continue to expand your renewable portfolios and as states set increasingly ambitious carbon emissions targets, learn how your peer join action agencies are getting involved in new projects, what is planned for the future, and discuss what kind of effects this shift is having on your members. 

Fred Clark, President & CEO, Alabama Municipal Electric Authority; Doug Hunter, CEO & General Manager, Utah Associated Municipal Power Systems; and Mike Peters, President/CEO, WPPI Energy, Wisconsin

2:30 – 2:45 p.m. ET

2:45 – 3:45 p.m. ET
The Future of Cybersecurity 
Joint action agencies play a critical role in helping members understand the importance of cybersecurity and harden their systems for cyber resilience. Get a briefing on the latest evolving cyber threats to the electric grid and learn what tools you can implement to support your members, including new opportunities specifically for JAAs through APPA’s new cooperative agreement with the Department of Energy.   

General Wesley K. Clark (ret.), businessman, educator, writer and commentator. Clark retired as a four star general after 38 years in the United States Army. He is active in energy, including oil and gas, biofuels, electric power and batteries, finance, and security.

3:45 – 4 p.m. ET

4 – 5 p.m. ET
Let’s Collaborate 
You make your members stronger through collaboration, and the national joint action network can make each other even stronger through mutual collaboration. Discuss how joint action agencies can build off of each other’s unique strengths and effectively relay leading practices – whether in cybersecurity, demand response, or any number of areas of expertise. This strategic discussion will focus on how to build off of the relationships and ideas shared throughout the conference into an ongoing collaboration among the joint action network. 

Participation in this strategic discussion session is restricted to APPA member utilities, joint action agencies, and state associations. 

5 p.m. ET
Conference Adjourns



Registration Fees


Before January 1

After January 1







Not yet an American Public Power Association member? Join today and save $545 on your conference registration. Call 202-467-2944 or email [email protected] to learn more. 


Group Discounts

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

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Contact [email protected] for more information and to request the group registration form to receive this special discount.   


Cancellation, Refund, and Substitution Policy

Registrants who cancel in writing on or before Friday, January 29, 2021, are entitled to a refund of their registration fee, minus a $50 cancellation fee. Registrants who cancel after January 29 will not receive a refund, but attendee substitutions will be allowed for the 2021 Joint Action Virtual Conference only. Registrants and no-shows who do not cancel on or before January 29 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

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Phone: 202-467-2941

[email protected]

[email protected]

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Frequently Asked Questions

Due to the ongoing pandemic, APPA has decided to hold its annual Joint Action Conference in a virtual format in 2021. The decision to hold the conference virtually was made after careful consideration, which included surveying APPA members. The health and safety of APPA members and staff are of utmost importance. Member restrictions on travel, budgetary pressures, and the uncertainty of local restrictions on the size of crowd gatherings were also important considerations in the decision to hold the conference virtually. 

When will I get more information about how to participate in the virtual conference?

Registrants will receive information on how to join the virtual conference a few days before the event. If you have any questions, please reach out to [email protected].

What is a virtual event?

A virtual event simulates an in-person event, but involves people interacting online, rather than in a physical environment.

APPA is committed to delivering an engaging, accessible, and inclusive platform to convene the national public power community to connect, learn, and share knowledge and solutions. We are working quickly to develop an informative and engaging virtual experience, allowing participants to easily access important topics and sessions, and to connect with other participants for face-to-face conversations using video chats. Specifics regarding the new virtual experience will be shared in the coming weeks.

How was the registration fee for the Joint Action Virtual Conference determined? 

The registration fee reflects the costs and value of the meeting being held. We took a number of details into consideration in calculating the fee for the virtual conference, including the cost of the virtual  platform, program development, and the costs and risks associated with cancelling the in-person Joint Action Conference.

We also looked at the benefits of attending the meeting for members. The virtual conference features the same caliber of robust programming offered at our in-person events (which will be recorded so participants can view sessions again after the meeting), and most importantly an opportunity to connect with peers, learn from their experiences and come together in this unique time.

Can I earn educational credits for attending this virtual conference?

Yes, you can earn the following kinds of educational credits for participating in sessions during the virtual 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 in real time during the virtual conference. We are not able to offer educational credits for any session recordings you watch later.

What platform will the virtual conference take place on?

APPA will use Zoom for the event.

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

Registrants who cancel in writing on or before Friday, January 29, 2021, are entitled to a refund of their registration fee, minus a $50 cancellation fee. Registrants who cancel after January 29 will not receive a refund, but attendee substitutions will be allowed for this event only. Registrants and no-shows who do not cancel by January 29 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].

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.