Public Power Forward Summit

Discover new industry trends, technologies, and customer expectations and share your thoughts on public power’s future.
September 28 - 30, 2020
Seattle, Washington

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The power industry is evolving. Utilities must alter their business models to keep up with the changes — or customers will take matters into their own hands.

The American Public Power Association’s Public Power Forward strategic initiative prepares community-owned utilities for the future of the energy industry by helping them determine if, when, and how they should revise their rate structures, services, and operations.

Join industry thought leaders at the Public Power Forward Summit to discover new trends, technologies, and customer expectations and share your thoughts on public power’s future.

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   

More Information

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

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

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

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


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Thursday, November 21

7:30 – 8:30 a.m.
Registration & Coffee
8:30 – 9 a.m.
Welcome and Introductions
9 – 10 a.m.
Keynote Presentation

Ernest J. Moniz, Former United States Secretary of Energy

10 – 10:15 a.m.
10:15 – 11:45 a.m.
Smart Strategies for Smart Customers

How can you take advantage of the increasing connectedness of today’s digital technologies to meet the needs to today’s customers? Utilities like yours are leveraging smart technologies and offering new customer services marked by connectivity, information, and efficiencies. Draw inspiration from what leading smart communities in the nation are doing and discover how you can adapt their ideas to keep up with the changing lives of your customers. 

Steve Bernard, General Manager, Cedar Falls Utilities, Iowa; Jeffrey Dykes, Chief Executive Officer, BrightRidge, Johnson City, Tennessee; Jacqueline Sargent, General Manager, Austin Energy, Texas; and David Wade, President & CEO, EPB, Chattanooga, Tennessee

11:45 a.m. – 1 p.m.
Lunch Keynote
Riding the Tech Wave to Future-Proof Your Utility

Learn how the National Renewable Energy Laboratory is partnering with utilities like yours to advance the science and engineering of energy efficiency, sustainable transportation, and renewable power technologies while integrating and optimizing energy systems. Get up to speed on advances in distributed energy, energy storage, cybersecurity, resilience science, and more. Find out how you can partner with the experts to develop creative solutions or to pioneer new technologies. 

Matthew Futch, Global Strategy and Business Development Director, National Renewable Energy Laboratory, Golden, Colorado

1 – 1:15 p.m.
1:15 – 2:45 p.m.
Data Analytics: Getting More Out of Your AMI Data

Data can help you better understand your operations, customers, and the world you live in. Like Google, Netflix, and Uber, electric utilities with AMI have access to reams of data. In fact, technology can often produce more data than you know what to do with. How do you cull through the data, analyze it, and use it to improve value for customers? Learn from other public power utilities. Understand how data can drive your digital transformation. 

Tanya Burns, Consultant (DOE Contract), Arara Blue Energy Group, LLC, Washington, D.C.; Kyle Roadman, Power Manager, Emerald People’s Utility District, Eugene, Oregon; and Sarah Valovcin, Structure and Pricing Analyst, The Energy Authority, Bellevue, Washington

2:45 – 3 p.m.
3 – 4:15 p.m.
Rethinking Rate Design Strategies

Flat electricity loads and the growth of distributed energy resources mean that traditional rate design may no longer work in ensuring that utilities adequately recover their costs in a way that is fair to all customers. How can you redesign rates to overcome the limitations of traditional rate design in the face of evolving technologies and customer preferences? Join us to learn new options such as performance-based rate making, subscription pricing programs, enhanced time-of-use offerings, etc. Take away insights and case studies to share with your stakeholders.

Mark Beauchamp, President, Utility Financial Solutions, Holland, Michigan; John Wolfram, Principal, Catalyst Consulting, Louisville, Kentucky

4:30 – 5:30 p.m.
Round table Discussions

Join your fellow attendees for in-depth discussions on topics covered throughout the day.

5:30 – 6:30 p.m.

Relax and network with your public power peers.

Friday, November 22

8 – 8:30 a.m.
Registration & Coffee
8:30 – 9:45 a.m.
All-In on Clean Energy

More cities and states are setting 10-30 year goals to use 100% clean energy. Is that really feasible? What does 100% carbon-free really mean and how does it impact your utility? What can or cannot be included in a clean portfolio — solar, wind, storage, hydro, nuclear, low and no carbon resources? Hear from utilities that are approaching the growing customer and stakeholder demand for clean energy in diverse ways. See what is realistic and economically feasible for your utility.

Priya Barua, Deputy Director, Market Innovation & Utility Engagement, Renewable Energy Buyers Alliance, Washington, D.C.; and Paul Zummo, Director, Policy Research and Analysis, American Public Power Association; and Stephen Zurn, General Manager, Glendale Water & Power, California

9:45 – 10 a.m.
10 – 11:15 a.m.
Taking Electric Vehicles to the Next Level: Fleets

Communities are increasingly exploring electric vehicles for fleet operations, such as utility vehicles, school buses, public transit and more. Hear about the various options available and get ideas for your community.

Olin Clawson, General Manager/CEO, Lawrenceburg Municipal Utilities, Indiana; Amy Posner, Engineering Consultant, Center for Transportation and the Environment, St. Paul, Minnesota; and Jennifer Wallace-Brodeur, Director, Transportation Efficiency, VEIC, Burlington, Vermont

11:15 a.m. – Noon
Closing Discussion

Join in a roundtable discussion on the topics addressed throughout the summit. Discuss challenges and questions with your peers. Plan next steps and see how public power can work together for future success. 

Summit Adjourns


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Registration Fees

Association Member

  • Public Power Forward Summit
    • $745 before Oct. 21
    • $795 after Oct. 21
  • Public Power Forward and Cybersecurity Summit
    • $1,390 before Oct. 21
    • $1,440 after Oct. 21


  • Public Power Forward Summit
    • $1,490 before Oct. 21
    • $1,540 after Oct. 21
  • Public Power Forward and Cybersecurity Summit
    • $2,880 before Oct. 21
    • $2,930 after Oct. 21

Register for both summits and save!
Save $100 on your total registration price when you register for both the Public Power Forward Summit and the Cybersecurity Summit. Discount will be applied automatically. Click here to register for both summits.
Not a member? Join today and save $745 on your conference registration. Call Member Services at 202-467-2944 to learn more.

The following food functions/meals are included in the registration fee (all other meals are on your own):

  • Lunch (Thursday)
  • Reception (Thursday)
  • Beverage breaks (Thursday morning & afternoon/Friday morning)


The attire for the 2019 Public Power Forward Summit is business casual. Since meeting room temperatures vary, please prepare to dress for cool conditions. Temperatures in Nashville, Tennessee for the summit dates range from an average high of 60 degrees to an average low of 40 degrees.


The Nashville Marriott at Vanderbilt University is located approximately 10 miles from the Nashville International Airport (BNA). 

Travel Cost Policy

Travel arrangements and costs are the responsibility of the meeting participants. The Association will not reimburse for changes in travel expenditures regardless of the cause, including the cancellation of a course, meeting or workshop.

Registration Cancellation Policy

Registrants who cancel in writing on or before November 12, 2019, are entitled to a refund of their registration fee, minus a $50 cancellation fee. Registrants who cancel after November 12 will not receive a refund, but attendee substitutions will be allowed for the 2019 Public Power Forward Summit. Registrants and no-shows who do not cancel before or on November 12 are responsible for the full registration fee and are not entitled to a refund of their registration fee. Cancellations must be made in writing and mailed or e-mailed to [email protected].

More Information

If you have questions about the meeting, please contact any of the staff listed below:

Registration Information
Phone: 202-467-2941; Fax: 202-495-7505; Email: [email protected]

Hotel Information
Phone: 202-467-2941; Fax: 202-495-7505; Email: [email protected]

Program/Content Information
Phone: 202-467-2976; Email: [email protected]

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


Thank You to Our Silver Sponsors!




The Public Power Forward Summit will take place at the:

Nashville Marriott at Vanderbilt University
2555 West End Ave.
Nashville, TN 37203


  • Main Telephone: (615) 321-1300
  • Group Rates: Single/Double $249 per night, (plus tax 15.25%, plus city tax of $2.50 per night)
  • Reservation Cut-off Date: October 28, 2019
  • Reservation Telephone: 1-800-533-0127
  • Group Code: 2019 Public Power Forward & Cybersecurity Summit
  • Online Reservation Link:


  • Check-in: 4 p.m. Check-out: 11 a.m.
  • Parking Fee: Valet parking: $20/daily or $37/overnight; Self-parking: $14/daily or $32/overnight
  • In-Room Wireless: Complimentary

About the Hotel
Enliven your days at Nashville Marriott at Vanderbilt University. With the free 2-mile shuttle and Midtown location next to Vanderbilt Stadium, the Parthenon and Centennial Park, you can soak up the vibrant culture nearby. While in the Music City, explore Music Row, Bridgestone Arena and the historic Ryman Auditorium, home to exceptional acoustics and famously known as the birthplace of bluegrass. Downtown, you can indulge in the honky tonks and live country music spots on Broadway, which is also home to shopping, dining and more. At Nashville Marriott at Vanderbilt University, enrich your Tennessee experience.

Hotel Reservations & Cancellation Policy

The cut-off date to receive the group rate (plus tax) is Monday, October 28, 2019.  If rooms remain in the Association block after the cut-off date, the Association group rate will be honored. If not, you may be charged a higher rate. The room block may sell out before October 28, so early reservations are strongly encouraged. For individual reservations call 1-800-533-0127 and reference "2019 Public Power Forward & Cybersecurity Summit" or make your reservation online at The Nashville Marriott at Vanderbilt University should receive all reservations no later than October 28. 

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 202-467-2941 or [email protected].

Scam Alert
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

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

Frequently Asked Questions

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) Ccedits 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 email 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

Are meals included?

The following food functions/meals are included in the registration fee (all other meals are on your own):

  • Lunch (Thursday)
  • Reception (Thursday)
  • Beverage breaks (Thursday morning & afternoon/Friday morning)

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.