National Conference

Connect with partners and peers while learning about the complex issues facing public power utilities.
June 5 - 10, 2020
Long Beach, California

Find Your Community

Connect with your peer group at public power’s largest annual gathering to share and grow together.

  • General managers and CEOs
  • Senior managers
  • Rising stars and future leaders
  • Policy and strategy makers
  • Mayors
  • Governing board members
  • City council members
  • Industry partners and vendors
  • Consultants and subject matter expert

Critical Insights

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

  • Change and crisis leadership
  • Legislation and policy changes
  • Innovation and new technologies
  • Reliability and security
  • Workforce challenges
  • Connecting with your community

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 the Association—in conference brochures and the website at Conference registration—and the ability to make hotel reservations in the APPA's room block—will open in January 2020.

Conference Mentor Program

Sign Up to Connect

Need help navigating the conference as a first-timer? Want someone to compare notes with because you’re the only one from your organization attending? Eager to share your knowledge and experience as a long-time conference attendee?

Sign up for the conference mentor program. We’ll pair up new attendees with seasoned conference-goers. You’ll meet up at the Welcome Reception and stay in touch throughout the conference.

Ask for a conference mentor or volunteer to serve as one — check the box when you register (under "Extra events," next to the preconference seminars), email [email protected], or call 202-467-2965.

More Information

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

Phone: 202-467-2941; Email: [email protected]

Phone: 202-467-2919; Email: [email protected]

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


The 2020 National Conference program will be announced in January 2020.

Download the 2019 Conference Program

The National Conference program will offer three days of keynotes, breakout sessions, and networking opportunities from Monday, June 8 to Wednesday, June 10. Preconference seminars, which will be held on Saturday, June 6 and Sunday, June 7, are a great value-add. 

  • Preconference seminars
  • General sessions
  • Breakout sessions
    • Monday A.M Sessions (11 a.m. - Noon)
    • Monday P.M. Sessions (1:30 - 2:30 p.m. and 3 - 4 p.m.)
    • Tuesday A.M. Sessions (11 a.m. - Noon)
    • Tuesday P.M. Sessions (1:30 - 2:30 p.m.)

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 Monday, June 8 and Tuesday, June 9. Several breakout sessions run concurrently in each time slot; attendees 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 (program information coming in January 2020).

Sessions will cover the following tracks or topic areas:

  • Community & Communications
  • Cyber & Physical Preparedness
  • Governance & Management
  • Legislative & Regulatory Threats
  • Operational Excellence
  • Public Power Forward/New Technologies
  • Workforce Optimization

Preconference Seminars

Get help meeting complex challenges by attending one or more preconference seminars, designed to help you sharpen your skills and knowledge. Seminars allow you to dive deeper into topics with longer class times, smaller class sizes, interactive formats and experienced instructors, making them seminars a value-add to your conference registration. Preconference seminars will be offered on Saturday, June 6 and Sunday, June 7. Most seminars are half-day classes, so you can attend multiple courses each day to make the most of your time away from the office.


Agenda at a Glance

Agenda subject to change. Final agenda and detailed program information will be announced in January 2020.

Friday, June 5

8 a.m. - 3 p.m.
Public Power Day of Giving

Saturday, June 6

8:30 a.m. - 5 p.m.
Preconference Seminars

9 a.m. - Noon
Association Board of Directors Meeting

3 - 5 p.m.
Advisory Committee Meeting

Sunday, June 7

8:30 a.m. - 5 p.m.
Preconference Seminars

11 a.m. - Noon
PMA Task Force Meeting

1 - 2 p.m.
Joint Action Agencies Meeting

2 - 4 p.m.
Legislative & Resolutions Committee Meeting

4 - 5 p.m.
FERC/NERC Issues Briefing

5 - 6 p.m.
Women in Public Power Reception 

6 - 7:30 p.m.
Welcome Reception 

Monday, June 8

7 - 8:15 a.m.
PowerPAC Breakfast

8:30 - 10:30 a.m.
Opening General Session

9:30 - 11 a.m.
Guest Breakfast 

11 a.m. - Noon
Breakout Sessions

Noon - 1:30 p.m.
Lunch (on your own)

1:30 - 2:30 p.m.
Breakout Sessions

1:30 - 4 p.m.
Public Power Expo: Preview Hours

3 - 4 p.m.
Breakout Sessions

4 - 6 p.m.
Public Power Expo: Grand Reception

6 p.m.
Young Professionals Happy Hour

Tuesday, June 9

8 - 10 a.m.
Awards & General Session

10 a.m. - Noon.
Public Power Expo

11 a.m. - Noon
Breakout Sessions

Noon - 1:30 p.m.
Public Power Expo: Closing Luncheon

1:30 - 2:30 p.m.
Breakout Sessions

2:45 - 4:15 p.m.
General Session

4:30 p.m.
Association Business Meeting

8 - 10 p.m.
Special Event

Wednesday, June 10

8 - 10:30 a.m.
Chair's Breakfast & Closing General Session

10:30 a.m.
Conference Adjourns

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Registration for the 2020 National Conference will open in January 2020.


2019 Conference Registration Fees

Member Registration Fees

American Public Power Association members receive the member rate.

  • $875 - National Conference
  • $400 - Half-day preconference seminars (each)
  • $500 - Full-day preconference seminar

Non-Member Registration Fees

  • $1,700 - National Conference
  • $750 - Half-day preconference seminars (each)
  • $950 - Full-day preconference seminar

Members receive substantial discounts. Not yet a member? Learn more and join now.


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]; 202-467-2965 to participate. 

Cancellation Policy
Registrants who cancel in writing on or before May 29, 2020, are entitled to a refund of their registration fee, minus a $50 cancellation fee. Registrants who cancel after May 29 will not receive a refund, but attendee substitutions will be allowed for the 2020 National Conference only. Registrants and no-shows who do not cancel on or before May 29 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].

Email [email protected]

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Conference Location & Hotels

The conference—including all sessions and the Public Power Expo—will take place at the Long Beach Convention & Entertainment Center.

The American Public Power Association will have at three nearby hotels. The room blocks for these hotels will open in January 2020 for you to make your reservations. 

Hyatt Regency Long Beach
200 S Pine Ave
Long Beach, CA 90802

  • Group rate: $250 (Single/Double) per night (plus 15.1% tax)

Renaissance Long Beach Hotel
111 E Ocean Blvd
Long Beach, CA 90802

  • Group rate: $250 (Single/Double) per night (plus 15.1% tax)

The Westin Long Beach
333 E Ocean Blvd
Long Beach, CA 90802

  • Group rate: $275 (Single/Double) per night (plus 15.1% tax)

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

Reservations & Cancellations
The cut-off date to receive the group rate at these hotels is May 13, 2020. The room blocks may sell out before May 13, so early reservations are encouraged. Make your reservations directly with the hotels using the links or telephone numbers above.

Cancelled reservations that are not resold may become a financial liability for the Association, 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 the Association—in conference brochures and the website at

Attendees flying into Long Beach can choose to fly into one of these 3 regional airports:

  • Long Beach Airport (LGB) - approx. 11 miles from the Long Beach Convention Center and hotels
  • Los Angeles International Airport (LAX) - approx. 22 miles from the Long Beach Convention Center and hotels
  • Orange County John Wayne Airport (SNA) - approx. 24 miles from the Long Beach Convention Center and hotels

Long Beach

Located in the heart of sunny Southern California, Long Beach blends urban sophistication with the relaxed atmosphere of a beachside community. Discover world-class attractions like the Long Beach Aquarium of the Pacific and the Queen Mary, cutting-edge museums, award-winning restaurants and a thriving, multi-faceted arts and culture scene.

Satisfy your inner urbanite at downtown Long Beach’s vibrant waterfront scene. From eclectic neighborhoods to sandy beaches, you’ll find Long Beach to be an urban waterfront playground. Visit museums, tour a 1930s ocean liner and watch sea lions at Long Beach’s aquarium. Enjoy live performances and cruise Naples canals. Spot dolphins at play on your way to Catalina Island. Or take a short jaunt to visit Los Angeles, Disneyland, Universal Studios Hollywood, or other Southern California attractions.

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

Contact us at [email protected].

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Frequently Asked Questions

Where and when is the next National Conference?

June 5-10, 2020
Long Beach Convention and Entertainment Center

Long Beach, California

June 18-23, 2021
Hyatt Regency Chicago

Chicago, Illinois

June 10-15, 2022
Gaylord Opryland Resort & Convention Center

Nashville, Tennessee

June 16-21, 2023
Washington State Convention Center

Seattle, Washington

June 7-12, 2024
Manchester Grand Hyatt San Diego

San Diego, California

June 6-11, 2025
Hyatt Regency New Orleans

New Orleans, Louisiana

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)

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.

More questions?

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