Conference

Legal & Regulatory Conference

An unparalleled professional development and networking opportunity for energy attorneys and regulatory personnel to get updates on federal legislative and regulatory changes impacting public power.
October 7 - 10, 2018
Charleston, South Carolina

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The Legal & Regulatory Conference is an unparalleled professional development and networking opportunity for energy 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: 

  • Crisis communications
  • Employment law
  • FERC updates & supreme court rulings
  • Western markets evolution
  • Transmission planning
  • Cybersecurity
  • Solar, storage, & net metering
  • Legal ethics

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

Registration Information:
Phone: 202-467-2941; Fax: 202-495-7505; Email: [email protected]

Hotel Information:
Phone: 202-467-2941; Fax: 202-495-7505; 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]

The Legal & Regulatory Conference program offers three days of keynotes, breakout sessions, and networking opportunities from Monday to Wednesday, October 8-10. Preconference workshops on Sunday, October 7, are a great value-add. Learn more about each of these offerings.

Preconference Workshops

Hone your skills at preconference workshops. Longer class times, smaller class sizes, interactive formats, and experienced instructors help you add value to your Legal and Regulatory Conference experience. Add one or more workshops to your registration to sharpen your skills and knowledge. 

Separate registration and fees are required for each seminar.

Breakout Sessions

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

Breakout sessions are offered on Monday through Wednesday, October 8-10. 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 for a listing by date/time that you can share with colleagues and use to plan your itinerary.


Agenda at a Glance

Sunday, October 7


8 a.m. – 6:30 p.m.
Registration

Preconference Seminars

  • 8:30 a.m. – Noon
    Small Cell Wireless Pole Attachment and Deployment Issues
  • 1:30 – 5 p.m.
    Blockchain Technology

5:30 – 7 p.m.
Welcome Reception


Monday, October 8


7 a.m. – 6 p.m.
Conference Registration


7 – 8:15 a.m.
Women in Public Power Networking Breakfast Panel


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


8:30 – 9:30 a.m.
Welcome & APPA Board Chair Address

  • Coleman F. Smoak, Jr., Chair, American Public Power Association Board of Directors, and General Manager, Piedmont Municipal Power Agency, Greer, South Carolina

Keynote Address

  • Charles Berardesco, Senior Vice President and General Counsel, North American Electric Reliability Corporation, Washington, D.C.

9:45 – 10:45 a.m.
Participation of Distributed Energy Resources in Organized Wholesale Electricity Markets: Legal and Practical Issues


11 a.m. – Noon 
Breakout Sessions: 

  • Calculate Avoided Cost Rate Under PURPA (tentative)
  • Antitrust Liability: Public Power Is Not Immune

Noon – 1:30 p.m.
Lunch on your own


1:30 – 2:30 p.m.
Breakout sessions:

  • What’s All this Talk About Resilience?
  • Managing Risk from a Legal Perspective

2:45 – 3:45 p.m.
Breakout Sessions:

  • Why Public Power is Joining the EIM
  • The Importance of an Energy Market Compliance Program

4 – 4:45 p.m.
Breakout Sessions:

  •  A+ Compliance: What NERC Wants
  • The Return of Climate Tort Cases

5 – 6:30 p.m.
Reception


Tuesday, October 9


7 a.m. – 4 p.m.
Conference Registration


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


8:30 – 9:30 a.m.
Federal Regulatory and Legislative Update


9:45 – 10:45 a.m.
Managing Risk in the Supply Chain


11 a.m. – Noon
Breakout Sessions:

  • Allowed Return on Equity and Federal Power Act 2016
  • High Tide for Water Rights Litigation

Noon – 1:30 p.m.
Lunch on your own


1:30 – 2:30 p.m.
Transmission Planning and Construction: Who’s Really Calling the Shots?


2:45 – 3:45 p.m.
Ethics Session:
Public Power and the Attorney-Client Privilege


Wednesday, October 10


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


8:30 – 9:30 a.m.
Breakout Sessions:

  • Battery Storage (Tentative)
  • Hot Employment Issues: What You Need to Know

9:45 – 10:45 a.m.
Breakout Sessions:

  • Are Drones a Threat to Utility Critical Infrastructure?
  • Order No. 1000

11 a.m. – Noon
Uncharted Waters: Navigating Ethics Rules in Multijurisdictional Practice


Noon
Adjourn

Conference Registration Fees

Register now

Register by September 7, 2018 to receive the following registration rates:

  • Association Members: $745
  • Nonmembers:  $1,490

After September 7, registration fees will increase by $50.

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 an Association member? Join today and save $745 on your conference registration. Call Member Services at 202-467-2926 to learn more.

Preconference Workshop Fees

Each preconference workshop requires a separate registration fee. Register by September 7, 2018 to receive the following registration rates:

  • Association Members: $325 (each)

  • Nonmembers: $650 (each)

After September 7, registration fees will increase by $50.

You can register for preconference workshops at the same time that you register for the Legal & Regulatory Conference.

 

Conference Mentor Program

If you're a first-time attendee, or the only one from your organization, pair up with a seasoned conference-goer who'll show you the ropes. Your mentor will meet you at the Sunday Welcome Reception and stay in touch with you throughout the conference.

Want to have a conference mentor or serve as one? Select the check-box on the online or PDF registration form or contact us at [email protected]: 202-467-2976.

Meals
The following functions are included in the registration fee:

Sunday, October 7
–Welcome Reception (light appetizers)

Monday, October 8
–Continental Breakfast; Reception

Tuesday, October 9
–Continental Breakfast

Wednesday, October 10
–Continental Breakfast

Guest Registrations
Conference registrants may bring a guest to the receptions. Guests do not need to register.

Cancellation Policy
Registrants who cancel in writing on or before Oct. 1, 2018, are entitled to a refund of their registration fee, minus a $50 cancellation fee. Registrants who cancel after Oct. 1 will not receive a refund, but attendee substitutions will be allowed for the 2018 Legal and Regulatory Conference only. Registrants and no-shows who do not cancel on or before Oct. 1 are responsible for the full registration fee and are not entitled to a refund. Cancellations must be made in writing and mailed, faxed, or emailed to:

Cancellations must be made in writing and emailed to: [email protected]

Questions?
Email [email protected].


Associate Sponsors

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All events for the 2018 Legal & Regulatory Conference will be held at The Francis Marion Hotel.

The Francis Marion Hotel
387 King Street
Charleston, SC 29403

  • Group rate: Single/Double $229 per night (plus tax, 14%)
  • Check-in: 4 p.m.
  • Check-out: Noon
  • Main telephone: 843-722-0600
  • Parking Fee: Self-Parking: $20 +tax per day; Valet Parking: $25 +tax per day
  • Internet: Complimentary standard wireless internet

Reservations

The historic Francis Marion Hotel, named for the Revolutionary War hero Francis Marion, has a long tradition of gracious service, elegant accommodations, and hosting splendid events dating back to its opening in 1924. The Francis Marion Hotel combines 1920’s style and grace with 21st Century comfort and convenience in the heart of historic Charleston on Marion Square, offering spectacular views of Charleston’s historic harbor, church steeples and legendary King Street. With its central downtown location, the hotel is an easy walk to the city's antebellum homes, magnificent gardens, antique shops and boutiques, and world-class restaurants.

Reservations & Cancellations
The cut-off date to receive the Association group rate (plus tax) is Friday, September 14, 2018. If rooms remain in the Association block after the cut-off date, the Association group rate will be honored. If not, you may be charged a higher rate. The room block may sell out before September 14, so early reservations are encouraged. For individual reservations call 1-877-756-2121 and reference "LRC 2018", or make your reservation online at https://reservations.travelclick.com/76320?groupID=2037880. The Francis Marion Hotel should receive all reservations no later than September 14.

Cancelled reservations that are not resold may become a financial responsibility for the Association, so please make your reservations thoughtfully.

Hotel 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 www.PublicPower.org.

Assistance 
If you require additional assistance with housing, contact Meeting Services at 202-467-2941 or [email protected].

Transportation
The hotel is located approximately 12 miles from the Charleston International Airport (CHS). Please visit the hotel web site for information regarding directions and parking.

Charleston
Named "America's Most Friendly City", Charleston is known for its rich history, well-preserved architecture, distinguished restaurants, and mannerly people. Located on the Atlantic Ocean coastline and defined by its cobblestone streets, horse-drawn carriages and pastel antebellum houses, Charleston is the oldest and largest city in the state of South Carolina a popular tourist destination.

Discover more at www.meetcharleston.com.

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

Questions?
Contact us at [email protected].

Frequently Asked Questions

Where and when is the next Legal & Regulatory Conference?

Next year’s Legal and Regulatory Conference will take place:

October 20-23, 2019
Portland Marriott Downtown

Portland, Oregon

What educational credits are available?

Academy events include the following opportunities for educational credits:

  • 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, 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. The Association 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.)

All sessions are intermediate-level, group-live offerings with no prerequisites and no advance preparation required. Areas of study will be listed on the Verification of Attendance form, or are available upon request. Credit hours for individual sessions are denoted in the session description, where applicable. For more information regarding administrative policies, such as clarification of requirements, complaints, and refunds, contact [email protected].

Learn more about continuing education units offered. 

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. Fax the completed registration form to 202-495-7484 or emailed it 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

Are meals included?

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

  • Sunday - Welcoming 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.

I am interested in presenting at the conference — how can I do that?

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 for the upcoming program. You will be contacted only if your idea is selected for an upcoming conference.

More questions?

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