Public Power Forward Virtual Summit

Discover new industry trends, technologies, and customer expectations and share your thoughts on public power’s future.
November 10, 2020

The Public Power Forward Virtual Summit will be a virtual/online meeting.

Building the Smarter Communities of Tomorrow

Technology is changing almost every aspect of our lives, including how electric utilities serve customers. Public Power needs to ride the wave of change, or risk getting pulled under it. Join the experts and visionaries to assess what is coming down the pike and how to prepare for it. Examine the opportunities and obstacles for our customers. Let us go beyond providing the electricity that powers the technologies of the future and lead our communities to rethink how we live, work, and connect.

Who Should Attend

  • General managers and CEOs
  • Policy and strategy leaders
  • Senior operations and business managers
  • Public communications staff
  • Mayors
  • City council members/commissioners
  • Governing board members (elected and appointed)
  • Industry partners, strategic thinkers subject matter experts

Code of Conduct

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 Information

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

Phone: 202-467-2976; Email: [email protected]

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

Phone: 202-467-2903; Email: [email protected]

The Public Power Forward Virtual Summit will be a virtual/online meeting.


Welcome & Opening Keynote
10:30 – 11 a.m. ET / 9:30 – 10 a.m. CT / 8:30 – 9 a.m. MT / 7:30 – 8 a.m. PT

Joy Ditto, President & CEO, American Public Power Association, Arlington, Virginia

Amazon’s Vision on Sustainability
Amazon has announced Climate Pledge goals to be net zero carbon by 2040, which includes plans to power all facilities with 100% renewables by 2025, deploy 100,000 electric delivery vans, and work with utilities to more accurately track renewables. Learn more about their vision on sustainability and how utilities can be partners in helping Amazon meet its goals.

Chris Roe, Principal of Renewable Energy & Sustainable Operations, Amazon

Machine Learning and AI
11 a.m. – Noon ET / 10 – 11 a.m. CT / 9 – 10 a.m. MT / 8 – 9 a.m. PT

What’s real, what’s marketing, and where are things going from here? Learn about applications including prediction, image recognition, and customer service.

Heather Feldman, Director, Innovation at Electric Power Research Institute (EPRI); Dr. Tao Hong, Director of Big Data Energy Analytics Laboratory, University of North Carolina at Charlotte, North Carolina

Noon – 12:30 p.m. ET / 11 – 11:30 a.m. CT / 10 – 10:30 a.m. MT / 9 – 9:30 a.m. PT

Energy Storage: Beyond Batteries
12:30 – 1:30 p.m. ET / 11:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. CT / 10:30 – 11:30 a.m. MT / 9:30 – 10:30 a.m. PT

Often lost among the buzz about battery energy storage systems is the array of long-term energy storage solutions like pumped hydro, alternative and non-Lithium Ion batteries. Learn how public power utilities are deploying these technologies and discuss the challenges and possibilities of these technologies with industry experts.

Marc Chupka, Vice President of Research and Programs, Energy Storage Association, Washington, D.C.; Alan Ettlinger, Sr. Director, Research, Technology Development & Innovation, New York Power Authority, White Plains, New York; and Justin Kramer, Supervisor, Emerging Technologies and Renewables, Orlando Utilities Commission, Florida

Hydrogen for Deep Decarbonization
1:30 – 2:30 p.m.ET / 12:30 – 1:30 p.m. CT / 11:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. MT / 10:30 – 11:30 a.m. PT

Learn how hydrogen can be part of a clean energy future from hydrogen fuel cells to power-to gas applications.

Representatives from the U.S. Department of Energy and Los Angeles Department of Water and Power, California

2:30 – 3 p.m.ET / 1:30 – 2 p.m. CT / 12:30 – 1 p.m. MT / 11:30 a.m. – Noon PT

Boost Your Revenue through Strategic Electrification
3 – 4 p.m. ET / 2 – 3 p.m. CT / 1 – 2 p.m. MT / Noon – 1 p.m. PT

Strategic electrification – including promotion of heat pumps and managing electric vehicle charging – can turn flat growth in sales around and accommodate rising demand for clean energy. Just a 5% increase in off-peak sales could double a utility’s revenue. Learn what makes for effective, targeted marketing for EV charging options and heat pump models and how these programs can help public power utilities stay on track to a stronger financial and environmental future.

Bill Bottiggi, General Manager, Braintree Electric Light Department, Massachusetts; and Gary Smith, Director of Programs, Sagewell, Woburn, Massachusetts

What Do Customers Really Want?
4 – 5 p.m. ET / 3 – 4 p.m. CT / 2 – 3 p.m. MT / 1 – 2 p.m. PT

Get customer insight from the experts in customer research. What issues matter most to your customers? How much are they willing to pay for renewable/clean energy? Which products and services do they desire most? How are consumers making decisions about solar adoption and other energy decisions? Discover the trends and learn what customers really want.

Bill LeBlanc, Chief Instigation Agent, E Source, Boulder, Colorado

Wrap Up and Online Networking
5 – 6 p.m. ET / 4 – 5 p.m. CT / 3 – 4 p.m. MT / 2 – 3 p.m. PT

Join your peers and the experts for open discussion and networking. Whether this is your virtual happy hour or afternoon coffee break, grab your drink of choice and unwind with your peers.

Summit Adjourns
6 p.m. ET / 5 p.m. CT / 4 p.m. MT / 3 p.m. PT

The Public Power Forward Virtual Summit will be a virtual/online meeting.

Registration Fees

Association Member

  • Public Power Forward Summit
    • $425 before Oct. 9
    • $475 after Oct. 9


  • Public Power Forward Summit
    • $850 before Oct. 9
    • $900 after Oct. 9

Not yet a member? Join today and save $425 on your conference registration. Call 202-467-2944 or email [email protected].

Group Discounts

Save an additional $50 on each registration for the Public Power Forward Virtual Summit 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 Policy

Registrants who cancel on or before November 5, 2020 are entitled to a refund of the registration fee, minus a $50 cancellation fee. Registrants who cancel after November 5 will not receive a refund but may send a substitute to the event. Registrants and no-shows who do not cancel on or before November 5 are responsible for the full registration fee and are not entitled to a refund.

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

Code of Conduct

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.

Contact Us

Program Questions
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The Public Power Forward Virtual Summit will be a virtual/online meeting.

Accreditation and Certification

Continuing Professional Education (CPE) Credits

The American Public Power Association is registered with the National Association of State Boards of Accountancy (NASBA) as a sponsor of continuing professional education on the National Registry of CPE Sponsors. State boards of accountancy have final authority on the acceptance of individual courses for CPE credit. Complaints regarding registered sponsors may be addressed to the National Registry of CPE Sponsors, 150 Fourth Ave. N., Suite 700, Nashville, TN 37219-2417. Website:

Earn up to 6.6 CPE credit hours for attending this virtual conference. All sessions are intermediate-level, group-internet based offerings with no prerequisites and no advance preparation required. Areas of study will be listed on the Verification of Attendance form. For more information regarding administrative policies, such as clarification of requirements, complaints, and refunds, contact [email protected].

Continuing Education Units (CEUs)

The American Public Power Association is accredited by the International Association for Continuing Education and Training (IACET) and is authorized to issue the IACET CEU.

Professional Development Hours (PDHs)

APPA educational practices are consistent with the criteria for awarding Professional Development Hours (PDHs) as established by the National Council of Examiners for Engineering and Surveying (NCEES). Course eligibility and number of PDHs may vary by state.

Reliable Public Power Provider (RP3) Designation

Participating in conferences and seminars offered by the American Public Power Association’s Academy is an easy way to earn points toward the Reliable Public Power Provider (RP3®) designation. RP3 is the Association’s program to recognize and reward public power utilities that demonstrate basic proficiency in four important disciplines: reliability, safety, workforce development, and system improvement. For more information, visit