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 24 - 26, 2020
Washington, D.C.
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The 2020 Legislative Rally will be held February 24-26, 2020, at the Mayflower Hotel in Washington, D.C.

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.

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.

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Program

The 2020 Legislative Rally program will be available in early 2020. Association staff will notify members upon releasing the schedule of events. Please see the 2020 Legislative Rally brochure for a rough schedule of events.

 

Pre-Rally Seminars

Join your industry colleagues to learn how to be an effective advocate and about the latest developments in policy affecting public power. Listed below are the seminars available before the 2020 Legislative Rally. Registration for Pre-Rally Seminars is done through the main Legislative Rally registration here.

Register on/Before January 31:
Member $350 (each)
Non-Member $700 (each)
After January 31:
Member $400 (each)
Non-Member $750 (each)

 

Taking Your Advocacy Efforts to the Next Level: Best Practices in Lobbying

Monday, February 24

8:30 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.

Get insight from a career lobbyist on engaging members and staff on a federal, state, and local level. Learn how to get your message across, who to target, and how to leverage public power’s inherent assets to make an impact. Join fellow attendees for mock problem-solving exercises, breakouts for strategy development, and more.

Speakers:
Kathy Garcia, Vice President, Government Relations, Regulatory Affairs & Public Policy, CPS Energy, San Antonio, Texas; and Rob Talley, President, Talley & Associates, Washington, D.C.

 

Demystifying Distributed Energy Resources

Monday, February 24

8:30 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.

Advances in distributed energy resources (DERs), such as distributed solar, electric vehicles, and energy storage, present opportunities and challenges to your utility. Load management, cost recovery, and stakeholder interests loom large. Visualize the impacts of DER adoption on your utility’s system to enhance policy and decision making in a rapidly evolving business environment.

Speakers:
Andy Reger and Scott Burnham, NewGen Strategies & Solutions

 

Pole Attachments 2.0: What's New and What Remains the Same

Monday, February 24

1:30 p.m.  - 5:00 p.m.

It’s been nearly a year and a half since the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) adopted sweeping new pole attachment rules and regulations (including one-touch-make-ready rules for investor-owned utilities) and—for the first time—asserted authority over attachments to public power utility poles for wireless small cell facilities. During this time period, there have been legal appeals, implementation issues, and further efforts by wireless and other communications providers at the FCC, before Congress, and in the states to regulate access to public power utility poles. This seminar will provide the necessary background on these issues and inform and update attendees on the status of, and probable future developments, including APPA’s efforts to fend off these efforts. Attendees will receive practical information on lessons learned in implementing and administering wireless attachment agreements.

Speakers:
Jim Baller, President, Baller Stokes & Lide, Washington, D.C.; Sean Stokes, Principal, Baller Stokes & Lide, Washington, D.C.; and Joanne Hovis, President, CTC Technology & Energy, Kensington, Maryland


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Registration Fees

Member: $400
Nonmember: $800

Photographs

By registering for this meeting, I authorize the American Public Power Association to photograph me at this event and use such photographs in Association marketing pieces (both electronic and print). I understand that I will not be paid for giving this consent.

Climate and Attire

The average daily high for Washington, D.C during the conference dates is 41 °F, and the average daily low is 30 °F. As meeting room temperatures vary, please prepare to dress accordingly. The attire for the Legislative Rally is business casual.


L&R Luncheon Sponsors

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Hotels

The Mayflower Hotel

The Mayflower Hotel has been a Washington, D.C. landmark since opening its doors over 90 years ago. Listed on the National Register of Historic Places, the hotel has been completely refreshed, offering a host of modern amenities, while still 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, D.C. just steps from the hotel, with easy access to the Metro and city bike shares. Whether you are in the nation's capital for business or pleasure, you will be delighted with the historic tradition and captivating luxury of The Mayflower Hotel.

Address:

The Mayflower Renaissance Washington
1127 Connecticut Avenue NW
Washington, DC 20036

Main Telephone:  202-347-3000

Group Rate: Single/Double $325 per night, (plus applicable taxes)

Check-in: 3:00 p.m

Checkout: 12:00 p.m.

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

Reservation Cut-off Date: January 31, 2020

Reservation Telephone: 202-347-3000

Group Code: American Public Power Association Legislative Rally

Reservation Link: https://book.passkey.com/e/49989241

 

Mayflower Hotel Reservations & Cancellation Policy

The cut-off date to receive the group rate (plus tax) is Friday, January 31, 2020. 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 will very likely sell out before February 1, so early reservations are strongly encouraged. For individual reservations call 1-877-212-5752 and reference “American Public Power Association Legislative Rally” or make your reservation online at https://book.passkey.com/e/49989241.

The Mayflower should receive all reservations no later than January 31, 2020.

Cancelled reservations that are not resold may become a financial liability for the Association, so please make your reservations thoughtfully. If you require additional assistance with housing, please contact Meeting Services at 202-467-2978 or [email protected].

For information on guest rooms and amenities please click here.

 

Capital Hilton Hotel

Combining style, historical character, and an enviable location, Capital Hilton is the place to stay when visiting Washington DC. The hotel is located just blocks from the capital’s best attractions including the White House, National Mall, and a multitude of museums. With comfortable rooms and suites, a great restaurant, and extensive event space, the hotel offers all you need for an unforgettable trip to D.C.

Address:

Capital Hilton
1001 16th St NW
Washington, DC 20036

Main Telephone: 202-393-1000

Group Rate: Single/Double $315 per night (plus applicable taxes)           

Check-in: 4:00 p.m

Checkout: 11:00 a.m.

Parking: Valet Parking Only: $62/day

Reservation Cut-off Date: February 3, 2020

Reservation Telephone: 800-774-1500

Group Code:  APPA

Reservation Link: https://book.passkey.com/go/appa2020

 

Capital Hilton Hotel Reservations & Cancellation Policy

The cut-off date to receive the group rate (plus tax) is Monday, February 3, 2020. 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 February 3, so early reservations are encouraged. For individual reservations call 800-774-1500 and reference “APPA” or make your reservation online at  https://book.passkey.com/go/appa2020.

Capital Hilton should receive all reservations no later than February 3, 2020.

Cancelled reservations that are not resold may become a financial liability for the Association, so please make your reservations thoughtfully. If you require additional assistance with housing please contact Meeting Services at 202-467-2978 or [email protected].

 

The Madison Hotel

The Madison, a Hilton Hotel, is a refined heritage property in the heart of Washington D.C. The Smithsonian Museums, National Mall, The White House, and two metro stations are just steps away. We are six blocks from The Walter E. Washington Convention Center. As you enter our lobby, feel inspired by the hospitality of our 4th president and First Lady. Enjoy a sophisticated guest room or suite with terrace.

Address:

The Madison Washington DC
1177 15th St NW
Washington, DC 20005

Main Telephone: 202-862-1600

Group Rate: Single/Double $289 per night (plus applicable taxes)           

Check-in: 4:00 p.m

Checkout: 12:00 p.m.

Parking: Valet Parking Only: $55/day

Reservation Cut-off Date: January 31, 2020

Reservation Telephone: 800-774-1500

Group Code:  APPA02

Reservation Link: https://book.passkey.com/go/APPA02

 

The Madison Hotel Reservations & Cancellation Policy

The cut-off date to receive the group rate (plus tax) is Friday, January 31, 2020. 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 31, so early reservations are encouraged. For individual reservations call 800-774-1500 and reference “APPA02” or make your reservation online at https://book.passkey.com/go/APPA02.

The Madison Hotel should receive all reservations no later than January 31, 2020.

Cancelled reservations that are not resold may become a financial liability for the Association, so please make your reservations thoughtfully. If you require additional assistance with housing please contact Meeting Services at 202-467-2978 or [email protected].

Rally Breakfast Sponsor

Legislative & Resolutions Committee

Members can help shape the Association’s policy priorities by voting on resolutions through the Legislative and Resolutions Committee. Each Association member organization is eligible to designate one employee or governing board member to serve as its voting delegate on the committee by submitting this form.

The Association’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 in February. This process begins by Association 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 meeting, it becomes Association policy, with full force and effect, until it is given final consideration at the annual Association Business Meeting in June.

Members may wish to start by reviewing current policy resolutions. Key questions to ask as you review them are: Has the Association 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 Association 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].

Resources

Frequently Asked Questions

Where can I find the issue briefs and fact sheets from the Legislative Rally?

Policy positions, issue briefs, and resolutions are available here.

When and where is the next Legislative Rally?

February 24-26, 2020
Mayflower Renaissance Washington
Washington, D.C.

March 1-3, 2021
Mayflower Renaissance Washington
Washington, D.C.

What educational credits are available?

The pre-rally seminars are eligible for the following education 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)

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

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.

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.