National Conference Virtual Event

Engage, network and innovate with public power's leaders.
July 13 - 14, 2021
Virtual Event

Launch the National Conference Virtual Event Portal.


The 2021 National Conference will include both in-person and virtual components. 

  • The in-person event will be held June 20-23 in Orlando, Florida*
  • The virtual event will be held July 13-14

While the National Conference in Orlando has already occurred, you can still register for the virtual event to participate in networking opportunities, the virtual sponsor expo, and exclusive sessions that give you a chance to learn from and ask questions of speakers in real time. 

Groups discounts will be available if your organization registers five or more people. The larger your group, the more you save!

Please feel free to reach out to us at [email protected] with any questions or concerns.

About the National Conference

The APPA National Conference is your time to reconnect, recharge, and power up for the future at the nation’s premier gathering of public power leaders. Join us and explore how changing policy, technology, and lifestyles are reshaping the energy industry and how that impacts your community. Engage with visionaries and experts, exchange strategies and solutions with other public power leaders and policymakers, and discover tools for your future success. Join us to plug in to the experience, innovation, and leadership of your national public power community.

Who Should Attend

Connect with public power’s leaders for ideas and insights at both the in-person and virtual components of the conference.

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

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 2021 National Conference will be held in two parts: an in-person meeting June 20-23 in Orlando, Florida, and a virtual meeting July 13-14. Both components will feature exclusive sessions and speakers, sponsor exhibitions, and networking opportunities to help you connect with public power leaders and partners across the country.

*Virtual-only attendees who are their utility’s Voting Delegate will have an opportunity to participate in the Business Meeting on June 22 virtually.

Please feel free to reach out to us at [email protected] with any questions or concerns.

Program - Virtual Event

Click here for detailed information about the Virtual Program.

Tuesday, July 13

11 a.m. – 12 p.m. ET
Opening General Session

  • President & CEO Address, Joy Ditto, APPA
  • Creating Advantage in the Face of Energy Transition UncertaintyGeoff Tuff, Deloitte

12:15 – 1:15 p.m. ET
Breakout Sessions

  • What's Happening in Washington
  • Strategic Planning: From the Board to the Community
  • The Polar Vortex: What Happened with Natural Gas
  • Planning for Electric Vehicles
  • The Future of Work Post-COVID
  • Squeezing Additional Benefits out of Your AMI Network

1:30 – 2:30 p.m. ET
Roundtable Discussions
Join public power leaders from around the country to discuss the key issues and challenges you're facing. In these moderated roundtables, you'll have an opportunity to to turn on your camera and participate in small group discussions.  

  • Small Utility Roundtable
  • Large Utility Roundtable
  • Joint Action Agency Roundtable
  • Governing Board & Elected Officials Roundtable

2:45 – 3:45 p.m. ET
Breakout Sessions

  • What's Driving Public Power's Bond Ratings
  • Prepare for the Worse: Planning for the Next Pandemic
  • Effective Integrated Resource Planning Practices
  • Leveraging Data to Drive Electric Vehicle Program Strategy

4 – 5:30 p.m. ET
General Session:
Presentation of Utility Services Awards

2020-21 Board Chair's Remarks, Jolene Thompson, American Municipal Power, Inc.

Resilience and Response: A CEO Perspective (panel)

  • Joy Ditto, American Public Power Association
  • Jim Matheson, National Rural Electric Cooperative Association
  • Tom Kuhn, Edison Electric Institute

Wednesday, July 14

10 – 11 a.m. ET
Online Networking

  • Women in Public Power Hour
  • Virtual Expo

11 a.m. – 12 p.m. ET
General Sessions

  1. Leading Utility Transformation (panel)
    • Julia Hamm, Smart Electric Power Alliance 
    • Paul Lau, SMUD
    • James Lavelle, Holyoke Gas & Electric
    • Debra Smith, Seattle City Light
  2. What's New in Nuclear (panel)
    • Greg Cullen, Energy Northwest​​​​​​
    • Doug Hunter, Utah Associated Municipal Power Systems
    • Maria Korsnick, Nuclear Energy Institute

12:15 – 1:15 p.m. ET
Breakout Sessions

  • Keeping Up with Climate Policy in the Biden Administration
  • The Pros and Cons of ESG Assessments for Public Power
  • Post-Pandemic: How Public Power Changed and How it's Changing
  • Reaching Tomorrow's Customers Through Energy Education
  • Fostering Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion
  • Navigating Uncertainty Together

1:30 – 2:30 p.m. ET
Roundtable Discussions

  • Western Utility Roundtable
  • Midwest Utility Roundtable
  • Southeastern Utility Roundtable
  • Northeastern Utility Roundtable

2:45 – 3:45 p.m. ET
Breakout Sessions

  • Municipal Financing Strategies
  • Practices from the Pandemic
  • Carbon Capture and Storage: What's Feasible
  • A Personal Approach: Targeting Customer Communications
  • FERC Order No. 2222: DER Aggregation Participation in Organized Wholesale Markets
  • Getting Ahead of Distribution Problems with Grid Reliability Analytics

4 – 5:30 p.m. ET
Closing General Session

  • Presentation of Individual Leadership Awards
  • 2021-22 Board Chair's Address, Colin Hansen, Kansas Municipal Utilities
  • Representative Diana DeGette (D-CO)
  • Secretary Jennifer Granholm, U.S. Department of Energy

5 p.m. ET

Registration Options

Participants can choose to register for the full conference (including both the June 20-23 in-person event and the July 13-14 virtual event), or just the virtual event (July 13-14).

Register for the National Conference - Virtual Event Only

Registering five or more people? Use this Group Registration Form to save. The group discount will not be applied to registrations received online. 

National Conference Fees

Virtual Only (July 13-14 Virtual Event) 

  Register by May 21 After May 21
APPA Members $575 $625
Nonmembers $1,150 $1,200

Group discounts are available! See details below.

Not yet an American Public Power Association member?  Join today and start saving immediately on your conference registration. Call Member Services at 202-467-2936 to learn more. 

Group Registration Discounts

Save money on each conference registration when your organization registers five or more people for the National Conference. The larger your group, the more you save!

Use this Group Registration Form to register your group. You must use this form to receive the group discount. The group discount will not be applied to online registrations. Email your completed form to [email protected]; or contact Registration with any questions.

Number of registrants Discount (per person)
1-4 n/a
5-9 $50
10-14 $100
15+ $150

Group registration discounts are available for both full conference and virtual-only registrations. You can also combine all your full and virtual-only registrations in one order to qualify for your group discount! (E.g., 3 full registrations + 2 virtual-only = 5 total registrations). 

Cancellation Policy

Full National Conference registrants (including the June 20-23 event in Orlando, Florida), who cancel in writing on or before June 14, 2021, are entitled to a refund of their registration fee, minus a $50 cancellation fee. Registrants who cancel after June 14 will not receive a refund, but attendee substitutions will be allowed for the 2021 National Conference only. Registrants and no-shows who do not cancel on or before June 14 are responsible for the full registration fee and are not entitled to a refund. No partial refunds will be available for Full conference registrants who cancel for the virtual event.

Virtual-only National Conference registrants (including only the July 13-14 virtual event) who cancel in writing on or before July 9, 2021, are entitled to a refund of their registration fee, minus a $50 cancellation fee. Registrants who cancel after July 9 will not receive a refund, but attendee substitutions will be allowed for the 2021 National Conference Virtual Event only. Registrants and no-shows who do not cancel on or before July 9 are responsible for the full registration fee and are not entitled to a refund.

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


Email [email protected]

Frequently Asked Questions

What are my options to register for this meeting? 

Participants can choose to register for the full conference (including both the June 20-23 event in Orlando, Florida, and the July 13-14 virtual conference), or just the virtual event (July 13-14).  

All participants in the in-person event (June 20-23 in Orlando) agree to adhere to requirements outlined in the Duty of Care agreement. Any participants who are unable to adhere to these requirements are strongly encouraged to participate virtually.

Group registration discounts are available if your organization registers 5+ participants for the National Conference in either format. The more people you register, the more you save. 

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. To make sure you get these notices, make sure you whitelist [email protected] so the emails do not end up in a spam filter or junk folder.

Will virtual sessions be recorded? 

Yes, most of the sessions at this virtual event will be recorded*, and recordings will be made available to attendees after the event. 

We will send attendees a notification when recordings are available, typically within two weeks of the event. Recordings will be made available via our secure On-Demand Events and Documents portal, for up to three months. From this portal, you will be able watch the recordings as often as you like within that three month period. Please note that recordings cannot be downloaded or shared outside of the portal. 

* Recordings will not be available for networking events, roundtables, committee/task force meetings, and sessions that primarily consist of group discussion. Recordings may also not be available for select sessions that are of a particularly sensitive nature.

Why is APPA proceeding with this meeting in-person? 

Safety and community are at the root of public power, and because of these commitments we are confident that we can host the conference safely. We are partnering with the hotel, have talked to local health officials, and are deploying lessons-learned from other associations to ensure we follow all the best practices for safely hosting in-person meetings in the current environment.

In-person meetings provide many opportunities for networking and information exchange that can’t be replicated by virtual meetings, and many of our members have signaled they are ready to travel and meet in-person again. 

That said, we understand that not all our members are ready or able to travel again for in-person meetings, which is why we will also host an all-virtual event on July 13-14. The virtual National Conference will feature some of the same keynote speakers, plus exclusive breakout sessions, new networking opportunities, and a virtual expo that will allow attendees to connect with the national public power community. 

You can choose to register for just the virtual event, or you can opt for the “full access” registration, which includes both the in-person and virtual components for the complete conference experience. 

Why did this meeting move from Chicago to Orlando? 

The 2021 National Conference will be held in Orlando, Florida. The location of the meeting was moved from the Hyatt Regency Chicago to the Hyatt Regency Orlando to give us more space to accommodate social distancing at the conference, and to allow us to hold as many events outdoors as possible.

We look forward to returning to Chicago for the National Conference in the future. 

What is APPA doing to protect attendees on site? 

The health and safety of all our meeting participants is our top concern. Read more about our safety protocols, including what we’re doing to promote attendee safety and our expectations and standards for all participants attending the meeting. 

How will the Business Meeting be conducted? 

The APPA Business Meeting will be held on Tuesday, June 22, at 3:00 p.m. Eastern at the conference in Orlando, Florida. Participants will designate themselves as their utility’s Voting Delegate for the Association Business Meeting when they register for the National Conference. Each attending member utility, whether attending in-person or virtually, is afforded only one Business Meeting voting delegate.

Attendees at the conference in Orlando who are designated as the Voting Delegate for their utility will be able to participate in the Business Meeting in person.

Members who are registered for the virtual portion of the National Conference (July 13-14) can still serve as the Voting Delegate for their utility. Virtual-only attendees who are designated as their utility’s Voting Delegate will receive login information to participate in the meeting virtually on June 22.

All Voting Delegates – in-person and virtual – will utilize the eBallot platform to vote during the event. APPA will send out information about the platform to all voting delegates, as well as any login credentials they need, so they are prepared to cast their votes during the meeting. 

Will the Day of Giving take place? 

Unfortunately, APPA will not be hosting the Day of Giving community service activities this year at the National Conference, but we know public power utilities around the country go above and beyond to serve their local communities year-round, especially now when so many communities are in need. 

We encourage you to share how your utility and employees are giving back to your local communities by sharing your photos and stories on social media with the hashtags #PublicPower #DayofGiving

What platform will the National Conference Virtual Event be held on?

APPA will be using Zoom for the virtual conference.

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.

We are aware some organizations have cybersecurity concerns regarding this platform.

Zoom had several high-profile problems at the start of its 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 this virtual event.

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 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)

    Earn up to 1.1 CEUs for participating in the National Conference Virtual Event (July 13-14). 
  • Professional Development Hours (PDHs) as established by the National Council of Examiners for Engineering and Surveying (NCEES)

    Earn up to 11 PDHs for participating in the Virtual Event (July 13-14). 
  • Continuing Professional Education (CPE) Credits from the National Association of State Boards of Accountancy (NASBA)

    Earn up to 13.2 CPEs for participating in the Virtual Event (July 13-14). 

Can I earn educational credits for attending the virtual conference?

Yes, you can earn educational credits for attending sessions during the live virtual conference on July 13-14 (see above). 

Please note that you will only be able to earn educational credits for the sessions you attend live during the virtual event. We are not able to offer 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. 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.

Where and when will future National Conferences be held?

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

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.

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.