Legal & Regulatory Virtual 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 13 - 14, 2020

This conference will be a virtual (online) event

The Legal & Regulatory Virtual 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: 

  • Employment law update
  • Cybersecurity services contracts
  • Harassment in the workplace
  • Renewable development
  • Cyber risk implications
  • Crisis communications 
  • Federal securities laws
  • Politics in the workplace
  • Critical energy infrastructure
  • Climate change legislation
  • Transmission report
  • Wildfire risks
  • State environmental energy policy
  • 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: 202-467-2978; 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]

This conference will be a virtual (online) event

Registration for the 2020 Legal & Regulatory Virtual Conference will open in early July 2020.


The Legal & Regulatory Virtual Conference program offers two days of keynotes, breakout sessions, and networking opportunities on October 13-14. Learn more about each of these sessions.

  • Tuesday A.M. sessions
  • Tuesday P.M. sessions
  • Wednesday A.M. sessions
  • Wednesday P.M. sessions

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 for a listing by date/time that you can share with colleagues and use to plan your itinerary.

Agenda at a Glance

The 2020 Legal & Regulatory Virtual Conference agenda will be announced in early July 2020.

Thank You to Our Associate Sponsors!

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Register Now

This conference will be a virtual (online) event

Registrants will receive information on joining remotely as we get nearer to the event. If you have any questions, please reach out to [email protected].

Registration Fees

  Register before September 11
Member $575
Nonmember $1,150

After September 11, all registration fees will increase $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 yet an American Public Power Association member? Join today and save $575 on your conference registration. Call Member Services at 202-467-2936 to learn more. 


Group Discounts

Save an additional $50 on each registration for the Legal & Regulatory Virtual Conference when your organization registers 5 or more people. 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 FridayOctober 9, 2020 are entitled to a refund of their registration fee, minus a $50 cancellation fee. Registrants who cancel after October 9, 2020 will not receive a refund, but attendee substitutions will be allowed for the 2020 Legal & Regulatory Virtual Conference only. Registrants and no-shows who do not cancel on or before October 9 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] 



Email [email protected].


Frequently Asked Questions

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. Our virtual conferences allow participants to easily learn about important topics, attend informative presentations, and connect with other participants for face-to-face conversations using video chats. Registrants will receive additional information about this virtual experience as the event gets closer.



How was the registration fee for the Legal & Regulatory 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.

Some of the meeting expenses include speaker fees for the keynote speakers, the cost of the platform to deliver the event, and the costs (and staff time) of program development, as well as costs and risks associated with cancelling the in-person Legal & Regulatory Conference.

We also looked at the benefits of attending the meeting for members. The program features keynote speakers, several breakout sessions (which will be recorded so participants can view the breakout sessions they missed after the fact), and most importantly an opportunity to connect with other public power utilities, learn from their experiences and come together in this unique time.

Finally, we evaluated the fees being charged by other organizations that have converted in-person meetings to virtual meetings. As we have, many of them have reduced fees to account for saved costs, but are still charging fees to cover costs and reflect the value of the meeting being held.


What platform will the Legal & Regulatory Virtual Conference be held on? 

APPA will be using Zoom for the virtual summit.

Zoom was chosen for its ease of use, great handling of video, and accessibility. Attending a Zoom meeting doesn’t require any additional software installed on the attendee’s computer – it can run completely out of a web browser. We know that many organizations limit the installation of desktop clients, so using a service that can run using a web browser makes the meeting more accessible to our members. Zoom’s ability to support multiple video feeds will also enable online networking beyond the capabilities of many other platforms.

To ensure the best experience for attendees, it is also important that our staff have experience using the platform. APPA staff have such experience with Zoom, both as attendees and administrators. Zoom has been successfully deployed for Public Power Connect Virtual Summit & Business Meeting (our largest event of the year); in addition to several other summits, classes and meetings.  Staff have also participated in a number of other virtual conferences using Zoom, including events held by the American Society for Association Executives (ASAE); Dragos; the Energy Bar Association; among others.

We are aware some organizations have cybersecurity concerns regarding this platform.
Zoom had several high-profile problems at the start of its recent rise to prominence. The company was responsive to these issues and addressed many of them. While it still may not be appropriate for hosting sensitive discussions, we do not feel Zoom presents any problems for hosting general interest discussions, like the sessions we have planned for the virtual summit.

APPA has implemented all the recommended precautions and best practices recommended to minimize the possibility of security issues, such as authenticating all participants are registered for the event, utilizing virtual waiting rooms, requiring meeting passwords, and creating unique URLs for all attendees to participate in the meeting.


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

Registrants who cancel in writing on or before Friday, October 9, 2020, are entitled to a refund of their registration fee, minus a $50 cancellation fee. Registrants who cancel after October 9 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 9 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 virtual conference?

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

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


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


Where and when is the next Legal & Regulatory Conference?

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


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 for the upcoming 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.