Conference

Legislative Rally

You are in the best position to talk to Congress about the direct impact of federal action at the local level.
February 28 - March 2, 2022
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The next Legislative Rally is scheduled for February 28 - March 2, 2022 at the Mayflower Hotel in Washington, D.C.

The registration fee for APPA Members is $400; the registration fee for non-members is $800.

Questions about Legislative Rally? Please email [email protected].

Questions about the hotel room block? Please email [email protected].

Who Should Attend?

  • Public power staff and leaders
  • Mayors, city council, and board members
  • Others who want to get involved and advocate for public power

At the Legislative Rally, the American Public Power Association provides the resources, connections, and collective power to help public power communities make your voices heard in Washington, D.C.

Why Should I Attend?

As a public power advocate, you are in the best position to talk to Congress about the direct impact of federal action at the local level. Our coordinated outreach efforts are strengthened because you represent not only your public power community, but also the 49 million Americans served by public power.

This Legislative Rally is only open to APPA member utilities, Joint Action Agencies, and State Association members.

Click here to register for the 2022 Legislative Rally now!

Please note, you must be logged into the APPA Portal to see member prices. If you experience any issues logging in to register for the Legislative Rally, please reach out to [email protected] for assistance.

Event Cancellation Policy

Registrants who cancel in writing on or before Monday, February 21, 2022, are entitled to a refund of their registration fee, minus a $50 cancellation fee. Registrants who cancel after February 21, 2022, will not receive a refund, but attendee substitutions will be allowed for the 2022 Legislative Rally and pre-Rally seminars. Registrants and no-shows who do not cancel on or before February 21 are responsible for the full registration fee and are not entitled to a refund of their registration fee.

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

 

The Mayflower Hotel

The Mayflower Hotel Autograph Collection has been a Washington, DC landmark since opening its doors over 90 years ago. Listed on the National Register of Historic Places, this hotel has been completely refreshed, offering a host of modern amenities while maintaining a sense of iconic luxury. Immerse yourself in the beauty of the sweeping marble lobby before getting comfortable in the redesigned guestrooms. The vibrant American brasserie, EDGAR, offers locally inspired fare, seasonal cocktails, and wines by the glass, open daily for breakfast, lunch, or dinner. Guests can also experience the sights and sounds of Washington, DC, steps from the hotel, with easy access to the Metro and city bike shares. Whether you're in the nation's capital for business or pleasure, you'll be delighted with the historic tradition and captivating luxury of The Mayflower Hotel, Autograph Collection.

 

Address:                                           The Mayflower Renaissance Washington

                                                           1127 Connecticut Avenue NW

                                                            Washington, DC 20036

 

Main Telephone:                               1-202-347-3000

 

Group Rates:                                     Single/Double $334 per night (plus applicable taxes)

                                                           

Check-in:                                            3:00 p.m.

 

Checkout:                                          12:00 p.m.

 

Parking Fee:                                      Valet Parking Only: $61/daily with in-and-out privileges

 

Reservation Cut-off Date:                January 28, 2022

 

Reservation Telephone:                  1-877-212-5752

 

Group Code:                                      American Public Power Association Legislative Rally
 

Online Reservation Link               https://book.passkey.com/go/AmericanPublic


Hotel Reservations & Cancellation Policy:

The cut-off date to receive the group rate (plus tax) is Friday, January 28, 2022. If rooms remain in the block after the cut-off date, the group rate will be honored.  If not, you may be charged a higher rate.  The room block may sell out before January 28, so early reservations are encouraged. For individual reservations, call 1-202-347-3000 and reference "American Public Power Association Legislative Rally" or make your reservation online at  https://book.passkey.com/go/AmericanPublic.

The Mayflower should receive all reservations no later than January 28, 2022. Canceled reservations that are not resold may become a financial liability for APPA, so please make your reservations thoughtfully.  If you require additional assistance with housing, please contact Meeting Services at 202-467-2978 or [email protected]

A list of main events for the 2022 Legislative Rally is below. A more detailed program of events will be available closer to the meeting.

Monday, February 28, 2022

Pre-Rally Seminars:

  • 8:30 am – Noon: Current Issues on Transmission: With both Congress and the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) focused on transmission issues, attend this seminar to learn about the latest legislative and regulatory activity. Learn more about topics like transmission planning and cost allocation.
  • 1:30 – 5 pm: What Are Congress and the White House Doing on Federal Climate Policy?: Climate issues have been front and center in Washington D.C., with President Biden and congressional Democrats making it a top policy priority in the 117th Congress. Dozens of hearings were held on a host of climate issues, and multiple bills were introduced to require electric utilities to increase their percentage of zero-emitting electricity, including the CLEAN Future Act and Clean Energy Innovation and Deployment Act. Legislative language was drafted for inclusion in the Build Back Better Act to create the Clean Electricity Performance Program. In addition, the Environmental Protection Agency is beginning to develop proposed regulations to reduce greenhouse gas emissions from the electric sector under the Clean Air Act (CAA). GHG regulations for the power sector have been on a policy pendulum for the last decade. Now the U.S. Supreme Court will determine the extent and limits of the agency’s authority under CAA section 111.  Attend this session to get a deeper dive into legislative and regulatory efforts to address climate change that, if enacted, would impact all public power utilities.

4:30 – 5:30 pm             Women in Public Power Reception
                                    
5:30 – 7:00 pm             Welcome Reception

 

Tuesday, March 1

8:00 – 8:45 am              President’s Circle Breakfast
                                    
9:00 am – 12:00 pm      L&R Committee Meeting
                                                
12:00 – 1:30 pm            L&R Committee Luncheon    

1:30 – 3:30 pm              PMA Taskforce Meeting
                        
5:00 – 6:30 pm              PowerPAC Open House

 

Wednesday, March 2

7:30 – 9:00 am              Legislative Rally Breakfast

Legislative & Resolutions Committee

Members can help shape APPA’s policy priorities by voting on resolutions through the Legislative and Resolutions (L&R) Committee. Each APPA member organization is eligible to designate one employee or governing board member to serve as its voting delegate on the committee.

APPA’s policies on legislation, regulations, and other federal issues are determined through a democratic, grassroots process that occurs annually. The L&R Committee meets once a year at the Legislative Rally, which is typically held in late February or early March. This process begins by APPA members, individually or collectively, drafting proposed policy resolutions and submitting them to the L&R Committee in advance of the its meeting at the annual Legislative Rally.

When a resolution has been adopted by the L&R Committee at the February/March meeting, it becomes APPA policy, with full force and effect, until it is given final consideration at the annual APPA Business Meeting in June.

Members can designate a voting delegate from their organization to participate in the committee by filling out this form. Only one voting delegate per APPA member organization is allowed. If you have questions about designating a voter or cannot access the form, please email [email protected].

Members may wish to start by reviewing current policy resolutions. Key questions to ask as you review them are: Has the APPA adopted a policy position that needs to be altered? Have conditions changed so existing positions need to be revised and updated? Are there other issues not previously addressed for which the APPA needs to stake out public power's interests?

All proposed resolutions must be made available to L&R Committee members at least two weeks prior to the meeting so that committee members have adequate time to review them. Therefore, if you are a member and would like to submit any resolutions, please email them to Desmarie Waterhouse, Vice President of Government Relations & Counsel, at [email protected].

COVID-19 Safety Protocols

The safety of those attending the American Public Power Association's (APPA) 2022 Legislative Rally 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 may be required to wear masks in all APPA meeting areas and at official APPA functions, except when eating or drinking. A final decision on the mask policy will be made as we get closer to the conference.

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. 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].