Conference

Legal & Regulatory Conference

An unparalleled professional development and networking opportunity for attorneys and regulatory personnel to get updates on federal legislative and regulatory changes impacting public power.
October 17 - 20, 2021
JW Marriott Savannah Plant Riverside
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The 2021 Legal & Regulatory Conference will be held in person in Savannah, Georgia. All conference events will be held at the JW Marriott Savannah Plant Riverside District.

The Legal & Regulatory Conference is an unparalleled professional development and networking opportunity for attorneys and regulatory personnel. Join us to get updates on federal legislative and regulatory changes impacting public power. Ask colleagues how they deal with the legal issues you contend with every day.

Get critical information and insights on the key issues you're facing, including:

  • Employment law
  • FERC Order 2222
  • Purchasing practices in the wake of Winter Storm Uri
  • A review of initiatives under the new FERC chair
  • Attorney wellness
  • Compliance basics
  • Carbon pricing and implications
  • Ransomware
  • Federal regulatory and legislative updates
  •  Environmental regulations
  • Anti-bias ethics, and more.

Who Should Attend

  • In-house and general counsel
  • Outside counsel
  • Regulatory affairs specialists
  • Compliance officers
  • Senior and mid-level utility managers
  • Elected and appointed officials who oversee utility policy

More information

Click here to view the COVID safety protocols for this event.

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

Program/Content Information
Phone: 202-467-2976; Email: [email protected]

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

The 2021 Legal & Regulatory Conference will be held in person in Savannah, Georgia. All conference events will be held at the JW Marriott Savannah Plant Riverside District.

Program

The Legal & Regulatory Conference offers three days of keynotes, breakout sessions, and networking opportunities from Sunday to Wednesday, October 17-20, 2021. All conference events will be held at the JW Marriott Savannah Plant Riverside District in Savannah, Georgia.

Breakout Sessions

Benefit from engaging breakout sessions led by industry experts and public power colleagues. Take home actionable ideas and tactics.

Several breakout sessions run concurrently in each time slot and you can go to any sessions you like. Browse sessions below or download the program PDF [coming soon] for a listing by date/time that you can share with colleagues and use to plan your itinerary.

Additional Opportunities to Earn CLE Credits

We have transitioned our preconference seminars into virtual courses. These new, virtual offerings provide the opportunity to interact with the instructor, your industry peers, and earn Continuing Legal Education credits.These courses combine real-time presentation, polling questions, case studies, a small group breakout session, Q&A and group discussion.

Thursday, October 7

Noon – 3:30 p.m. Eastern
Pole Attachments: Making Sense of the Legal and Regulatory Tug of War (Virtual)
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As certain stakeholders push for increased and expedited broadband deployments in the wake of Covid-19, other entities continue a parallel effort at the federal and state level to regulate access to utility poles for fiber and small cell wireless deployments. Examine the latest key federal and state legal and regulatory developments that could affect who has access to public power utility poles and streetlight poles, the timeframe for deployment, and the allowable rates for these attachments.  

Topics include:

  • Federal and state developments on pole attachment regulations and laws
  • Who’s who on each side of the issues
  • Potential effects on public power operations
  • Likely deployment timeframes and allowable rates

Jim Baller, Partner, and Sean Stokes, Partner, Keller & Heckman


Thursday, October 14

Noon – 3:30 p.m. Eastern     
Keeping Pace with Cybersecurity Regulation and Privacy Laws (Virtual)
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Get a detailed rundown on how recent cybersecurity compromises have prompted regulatory scrutiny and how public power utilities can and will need to respond to these actions. Then, discuss the practical realities of keeping pace with other evolving operational and legal implications – including how to scale programs to mitigate ongoing cybersecurity risk at any size utility. Finally, dive into how data security and privacy laws are changing and the associated latest best practices for preserving the confidentiality of utility data and customer information.

Topics include:

  • How cybersecurity compromises have grown in scale and changed in nature
  • How recent federal regulatory actions affect public power utilities
  • Scaling systems and protocols based on utility size
  • Identifying cyber risks via an inventory of critical infrastructure and related mitigations
  • Confidentiality concerns associated with cybersecurity and what legal provisions need to be explored

Shari Gribbin, Managing Partner, CNK Solutions; Latif Nurani, Partner, Spiegel & McDiarmid, LLP; and Brandon Robinson, Partner, Balch & Bingham, LLP


2021 Legal & Regulatory Conference Agenda

Sunday, October 17

5 – 6:30 p.m. 
Welcome Reception
Reconnect with friends, engage with new colleagues, and meet public power’s supporters, advocates and champions that can help you succeed.


Monday, October 18

7 – 8:15 a.m.
Women in Public Power Networking Breakfast
Join in a lively discussion about the growing influence of women in public power. Share challenges and opportunities with your peers.

7:30 – 8:30 a.m.
Networking Breakfast
Get energized for the day ahead with your peers at this informal breakfast.

8:30 – 9:30 a.m.
Opening General Session (no CLEs) 

joy ditto      colin hansen     jim robb

  • Welcome
    • Joy Ditto, President & CEO, American Public Power Association (APPA)
  • Board Chair Address 
    • Colin Hansen, Executive Director, Kansas Municipal Utilities; Chair, American Public Power Association Board of Directors
  • Keynote Address    
    • Jim Robb, President/CEO, North American Electric Reliability Corp.      

9:30 – 9:45 a.m.
Break

9:45 – 10:45 a.m.
Employment Law: Challenges with a New Normal and a New Administration
As employees start coming back to a shared workplace, and as employees’ expectations continue to shift, new challenges in employment law are coming to the fore. Walk through the suite of potential sticky situations, from instituting vaccination requirements to accommodating COVID-19 long-haulers, handling requests for flexible scheduling and telework, and responding to pushback. Also review how the Biden administration's expanded focus on discrimination and diversity, racial justice, pay equity and family-friendly workplaces has led to significant labor and employment law developments that are, and will be, affecting your operations in the coming year.

Jonathan Mook, Partner DiMuro Ginsberg, P.C.

10:45 – 11:15 a.m.
Break

11:15 – Noon
Breakout Sessions

  • DER Market Participation: Implications for Public Power
    Get an overview of FERC’s landmark Order No. 2222, which will allow greater participation of distributed energy resources in regional wholesale power markets. Examine how this order will shift public power operations and planning, including numerous compliance requirements, and what clarifications are still needed for public power utilities.

    Gerit Hull, Deputy General Counsel Regulatory Affairs, American Municipal Power, Inc., Columbus, Ohio; and Terry Jarrett, Partner, Healy Law Firm
     
  • Hedging Against Natural Gas Price Spikes
    Winter Storm Uri in February 2021 caused some public power utilities to incur such extraordinary natural gas costs that the utilities sought legislation to mitigate the customer rate shock. Among other takeaways, the widespread event highlighted the need to revisit hedging policies and operating procedures to balance the competing goals of reasonable fuel costs and reliability. Explore purchasing options and strategies that natural gas and electric utilities can consider to avoid a crisis arising from future, and possibly more frequent, extreme weather conditions.   

    Tammie Ptacek, Partner, Stinson LLP; and Kurt Strunk, Managing Director, NERA Economic Consulting

Noon – 1:30 p.m.
Lunch on your own

1:30 – 2:15 p.m.
Breakout Sessions

  • Glick's First 300 Days
    Take a look back at the slate of initiatives undertaken since Richard Glick was confirmed as FERC Chairman on January 21, 2021 – and consider how his actions and decisions to date might predict the future for public power utilities. Revisit orders to which Commissioner Glick dissented in the past, including natural gas pipeline certificates and buyer-side market power rules, and review topics that might resurface to advance the Biden administration's energy agenda.

    Adrienne Clair, Partner and Matthew Rudolphi, Partner, Thompson Coburn
     
  • Compliance Basics for Public Power
    Cover the basics of building a strong compliance program, including essential components of a code of conduct, establishing whistleblower protection, procurement best practices, and creating a robust internal investigation response plan. Discover what the U.S. Justice Department guidelines tell us about what makes a good or weak compliance program and why it's important to public utilities.

    James Miskiewicz, Deputy General Counsel, Long Island Power Authority, New York

2:15 – 2:45 p.m.
Break

2:45 – 3:45 p.m.
Breakout Sessions

  • Bridging Industry Transformation and Environmental Justice
    Examine how recent environmental justice legislation on the federal and state levels affects public utilities and swap strategies for adopting business practices to accommodate these changes. Explore the tensions that can and have arisen between the Biden administration and environmental justice advocates as federal and state efforts to quickly develop renewable energy intensify.

    Hilary Jacobs, Associate, and Julius Redd, Principal, Beveridge & Diamond PC
     
  • Legal Challenges Surrounding Community Choice Aggregation
    As the energy industry continues to transform, community choice aggregators have grown exponentially. CCAs now serve more than a quarter of the regulated load in California and have been established or are being considered in other states including New Hampshire, Illinois, and New York. Get insight into how, as CCAs gain purchasing power and clout, they have created jurisdictional friction with state regulators on issues including resource adequacy and participation in organized wholesale markets. Also explore some of the legal concerns between CCAs and investor-owned utilities and how the CCA model compares and contrasts with various public power models.

    Sean Neal, Shareholder, Duncan Weinberg, Genzer & Pembroke

3:45 – 4 p.m.
Break

4 – 5 p.m.
Normalizing Attorney Wellness
Learn how to support a culture of wellness in your legal department – and across your organization. Review the framework for “wellness” to break down what the term encompasses, with a focus on mental well-being, and get strategies for normalizing conversations about mental health and substance use among your legal team. Grow your awareness of how certain language and actions can produce a detrimental effect on mental well-being in the workplace and even hinder an individual’s recovery.  

Lynn Garson, Counsel, Baker Hotstetler

5 – 6:30 p.m.
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, October 19

7:30 – 8:30 a.m.
Networking Breakfast
Power up with coffee and connections at this informal continental breakfast

8:30 – 9:30 a.m.
Federal Legislative Update
Deliberations around the infrastructure bill have included a flurry of discussions in Washington about legislative priorities on addressing climate change, cybersecurity, and more areas that could have significant effects on public power. Get an up-to-date insider look at the latest legislative developments in the nation’s capital and how federal actions will affect what’s happening in your state and community.

Desmarie Waterhouse, Vice President, Government Relations & Counsel, American Public Power Association    

9:30 – 10 a.m.
Break

10 – 10:45 a.m. 
Breakout Sessions

  • How Carbon Pricing Will Affect Your Utility
    The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission issued its policy statement on Carbon Pricing in Organized Wholesale Markets in Spring 2021, and at least 11 states have implemented some sort of carbon pricing scheme. Examine the motivations for and implications of carbon pricing and learn how FERC’s actions might alter approaches to carbon pricing in the wholesale electricity markets and at the state and local levels. Discuss what the future likely holds, including challenges in imposing carbon pricing.

    Josh Adrian, Partner, and Rebecca Shelton, Partner, Thompson Coburn LLP
     
  • Cyber Attacks and Ransomware: Legal and Operational Risks
    Cybersecurity and ransomware events continue to happen at an alarming rate. While the news typically only focuses on the major events — such as the Colonial Pipeline hack — entities of all sizes and sophistication levels face threats. Review several of the most recent events, including the causes and the current legal landscape around these events, and then discuss potential mitigation options and industry priorities in protecting critical infrastructure.

    Derek Dyson, Partner, and Barry Lawson, Regulatory Policy Director, Duncan, Weinberg, Genzer & Pembroke

10:45 – 11:15 a.m. 
Break

11:15 a.m. – Noon
Breakout Sessions

  • Navigating the Legal Complexities around Distributed Generation
    With the rapid increase in distributed generation, constructs such as net metering, renewable energy credit programs, and standby charges have emerged – and brought legal challenges for nonregulated electric utilities and regulators. Review recent legal challenges that have been brought forth on net metering and standby charges, including a recent circuit court case involving a public power utility.

    Sylwia Dakowicz, Associate and Peter Scanlon, Shareholder, Duncan, Weinberg, Genzer & Pembroke
     
  • Legal Considerations for Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Efforts
    Many organizations want to ensure that their workplaces are as diverse, equitable, and inclusive as possible, but don’t know where to begin or what is permitted under law. Discuss why the concepts are so important for organizations, how to get your DE&I program off the ground, and explore the legal guideposts around implementing DE&I programs and goals.  

    David Emanuel, Chief Human Resources Officer, JEA, Jacksonville, Florida

Noon – 1:30 p.m.
Lunch on your own

1:30 – 2 p.m.
Federal Regulatory Update
At the center of policy debates about transmission development, resource adequacy, cybersecurity, and other matters of importance to public power utilities is the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission, or FERC. Learn about what is happening at FERC on key issues, including recent court decisions significant to public power.

John McCaffrey, Senior Regulatory Counsel, American Public Power Association

2– 2:30 p.m. 
Break

2:30 – 3:15 p.m.
Breakout Sessions

  • Transforming Transmission
    From security to upgrades and costs, electric transmission issues are bubbling to the top of discussions in Congress and the Federal Energy Regulatory   Commission. Hear from experts on how this unprecedented attention could lead to changes in transmission law and policy affecting how utilities will operate nationwide and in your community.
     
    Randolph Elliott, Partner, McCarter & English, LLP; and Rob Gramlich, President, Grid Strategies, LLC
     
  • Readying for the New Wave of Environmental Regulations
    Explore the environmental regulations the Biden administration has already proposed and get a hold on which regulations are likely to see amendments as well as what might be coming in the next year. Discuss which changes might face challenges, including before the Supreme Court, and how changes will affect public power.

    Amy McDonnell, Of Counsel, Duncan & Allen

3:15 – 3:30 p.m. 
Break

3:30 – 4:30 p.m.
What to Do When Board Members Act Badly
It only takes a second for “offhand comments” to travel from a board member’s mouth to social media – where it can be seen by policy makers, reporters, and your community members. Walk through a fictional – yet possible – case of how a governing board member could create trouble for your utility to understand the harm a rogue board member can inflict on a public power agency's reputation, consider what you would do in a similar situation, and take away some steps for how you can mitigate that damage.

Bill Coletti, Founder and CEO, Kith


Wednesday, October 20

7:30 – 8:30 a.m.
Networking Breakfast
Power up with coffee and connections at this informal continental breakfast

8:30 – 9:15 a.m.
Breakout Sessions

  • Will a NEW FERC Usher in a New Dawn for FERC-Lite?
    Cases filed before FERC in 2021 raise the question of whether a new Commission will have a new perspective on the FERC-Lite authority granted by Congress in the Energy Policy Act of 2005. Since passage, FERC has seldomly relied upon this authority, which was established to ensure non-discriminatory transmission practices by non-jurisdictional utilities. Trace through the roots of this authority, review how FERC has interpreted it to date, and discuss how it could affect public power utilities in the future. Discussion will include interconnection orders as distinct from, or in connection with, wheeling orders and FERC oversight of rates charged by non-jurisdictional transmission owners.

    David Fitzgerald, Shareholder, Davison Van Cleve; and Debra Roby, Chair, Energy Practice Group, Jennings Strouss
     
  • Protecting Minority Owners in Generational Development
    Minority owners in a generating facility must plan for the worst to avoid unexpected losses. Should problems arise, legal doctrines such as the economic loss rule can preclude any claims other than breach of contract. Learn how to craft and review contracts that anticipate and account for the rights and remedies available to minority owners throughout construction and operation of the facility.

    Perry Glantz, Partner and Dave Parry, Partner, Stinson LLP

9:15 – 9:30 a.m.
Break

9:30 – 10:30 a.m. (Ethics Session)
How Discrimination in Your Legal Department Can Result in Professional Discipline
ABA Model Rule 8.4(g) declares that behavior a lawyer “knows or reasonably should know is harassment or discrimination” is professional misconduct. If you or someone in your legal department is alleged to have discriminated against someone in violation of an applicable employment law, it could also mean you’ll have to defend against professional misconduct charges. Walk through what we know about MR 8.4(g) and lay out practical strategies to avoid ethical, as well as legal, hot water.

Delia Patterson, SVP Advocacy & Communications and General Counsel, American Public Power Association; and Todd Stanton, Principal, Stanton Law LLC

10:30 a.m.
Adjourn

Registration

Register for the Legal & Regulatory Conference

Registration Fees

  Register by September 17 After September 17
Member $875 $925
Nonmember $1,750 $1,800

Members of the American Public Power Association receive the member rate. In addition, lawyers who currently represent public power utilities, joint action agencies, or state/regional associations that are Association members may also receive the member rate. Contact Ana Mejia to request a code so you can register online and receive the member registration rate on your conference registration. Be sure to mention which public power utilities, agencies or associations you represent in your email.

Not yet an American Public Power Association member? Join today and save $875 on your conference registration. Call 202-467-2926 or email [email protected] to learn more.

Group Discounts

Save money on each registration for the Legal & Regulatory Conference when your organization registers five or more people. The larger your group, the more you save! 

Number of registrants Discount
(per person)
Member
Registration Fee
(per person, before Sept. 17)
1-4 n/a $875
5-10 $50 $825
11-15 $100 $775
16+ $150 $725

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. 

Preconference Seminar Registration Fees

  Registration Fee
Member $350
Nonmember $700

Each preconference seminar requires separate registration. Preconference seminars will be held virtually (via Zoom).

Cancellation, Refund, and Substitution Policy
Registrants who cancel in writing on or before MondayOctober 11, 2021 are entitled to a refund of their registration fee, minus a $50 cancellation fee. Registrants who cancel after October 11, 2021 will not receive a refund, but attendee substitutions will be allowed for the 2021 Legal & Regulatory Conference only. Registrants and no-shows who do not cancel on or before October 11 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 Questions
[email protected]
202-467-2978

Program Questions
[email protected]
202-467-2976

Sponsor Questions
[email protected]
202-467-2926


 

Hotel

The 2021 Legal & Regulatory Conference will take place at the JW Marriott Savannah Plant Riverside District in Savannah, Georgia.

JW Marriott Savannah Plant Riverside District
400 W. River Street
Savannah, GA  31401

JW Marriott Savannah Plant Riverside District is the pinnacle of luxury in the Hostess City. Located within Plant Riverside District, Savannah’s iconic entertainment destination, walkable attractions and amenities include dynamic restaurants and lounges, upscale retail and live entertainment. Once a power plant on the Savannah riverfront, the hotel retains the Power Plant's architectural character, with historic details throughout the property with more than a dozen restaurants including three rooftop bars, an upscale retail and an art galleries along acres of the Savannah Riverwalk.

Reservations

  • Main Telephone: (912) 373-9100
  • Group Rate: $269 (Single/Double) per night (plus 13% tax, $5.00 State Transportation Tax per room, per night, and $1.00 City Transportation Tax per room, per night)
  • Reservation Cut-off Date: September 24, 2021
  • Reservation Telephone: (912) 373-9100
    • Group Code: American Public Power Association
  • Online Reservation Linkhttps://www.marriott.com/event-reservations/reservation-link

Logistics 

  • Check in: 4 p.m. Check out: 11 a.m.
  • Parking: $45 per night (Self-parking/Valet)
  • Internet access: Complimentary wireless internet in sleeping rooms

Reservations & Cancellations

The cut-off date to receive the group rate September 24, 2021. The room blocks may sell out before September 24, 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

Questions and Assistance

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

COVID-19 Safety Protocols

The safety of those attending the American Public Power Association (APPA) 2021 Legal & Regulatory 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

APPA mask requirements

All conference participants will be required to wear masks in all APPA meeting areas and at official APPA functions, except when eating or drinking. This is consistent with current CDC recommendations that everyone in areas with high COVID-19 infection rates wear masks in public indoor spaces, regardless of vaccination status. 

Outside of APPA's meeting space, attendees must abide by the hotel policy and local guidelines at the time of the meeting. Attendees can step outside at any time if they would like to take off their masks. 

We know that our attendees will have different comfort levels with meeting in person again, and some attendees may have reasons to be cautious, including underlying health conditions or family members (including young children) who may still be at risk. We are relying on everyone to do their part to keep themselves and everyone else safe during the conference, and to be respectful of all other attendees and their comfort levels.

When you register

All participants must agree to the safety protocols outlined below before registering for the conference. Your registration implies your consent to adhere to these standards. 

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. Wear a mask in all APPA meeting areas and at official APPA functions, except when eating or drinking. 
  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. Engage in appropriate physical distancing and hygiene practices.
  5. Be respectful of all other attendees and their comfort levels.
  6. 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.
  7. 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 have not recently come into close contact with someone with COVID-19 or experiencing COVID-19 symptoms;  
  • You are not currently experiencing any COVID-19 symptoms that can't be explained by something else; 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

What are APPA mask requirements?

All institute participants will be required to wear masks in all APPA meeting areas and at official APPA functions, except when eating or drinking. This is consistent with current CDC recommendations that everyone in areas with high COVID-19 infection rates wear masks in public indoor spaces, regardless of vaccination status. 

Click here to view the latest COVID safety protocols for this event.

Where and when is the next Legal & Regulatory Conference?

October 17-20, 2021
JW Marriott Savannah Plant Riverside 
Savannah, Georgia

November 7-10, 2022
The Broadmoor
Colorado Springs, Colorado

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

Registrants who cancel in writing on or before Monday, October 11, 2021, are entitled to a refund of their registration fee, minus a $50 cancellation fee. Registrants who cancel after October 11 will not receive a refund, but attendee substitutions will be allowed for this event only. Registrants and no-shows who do not cancel by October 11 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].

Can I earn educational credits for attending this conference?

Yes, you can earn the following kinds of educational credits for attending 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)

Status of Applications for CLE Accreditation

The American Public Power Association will apply for Continuing Legal Education accreditation in the following mandatory CLE states: Alabama, Alaska*, Arkansas, California*, Colorado, Delaware, Florida, Georgia, Idaho, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, Maine*, Minnesota, Mississippi, Missouri, Montana*, Nebraska, Nevada, New Hampshire, New Jersey*, New Mexico, New York*, North Carolina, North Dakota, Ohio, Oklahoma, Oregon, Pennsylvania (in-person event only), Rhode Island, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas, Utah, Vermont, Virginia, Washington, West Virginia, Wisconsin, and Wyoming. 

*States denoted by an asterisk (*) will accept CLE credit hours for courses or activities held in and approved by other MCLE jurisdictions. The American Public Power Association may not explicitly apply for CLE accreditation in these states if they have reciprocity with the state in which the meeting is being held. APPA will provide any necessary documentation to receive CLE credit in these states. If you have any questions, please contact Ana Mejia at [email protected] or 202/467-2976.

The number of CLE credits varies by state and is decided by each state bar association.

(For the Legal & Regulatory Conference, total Ethics hours are included in the total number of Approved CLEs. Preconference workshops have not been approved for any Ethics credit.)

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

Are meals included?

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

  • Sunday - Welcome Reception
  • Monday - Continental Breakfast; Reception
  • Tuesday - Continental Breakfast
  • Wednesday – 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.

More questions?

Contact us at [email protected] or call 202-467-2976.