Public Power Forward Summit

Discover new industry trends, technologies, and customer expectations and share your thoughts on public power’s future.
November 12 - 13, 2018
Austin, Texas

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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 4th annual 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
  • Senior utility executives
  • Senior operations executives
  • Policy and strategy makers and future leaders
  • Governing board members (elected and appointed)
  • City council members
  • Mayors
  • Other utility managers and future leaders responsible for policy and strategy
  • Industry partners, strategic thinkers and subject matter experts
  • Utility communications leaders and specialists

Registration opening soon!

More Information

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

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

Phone: 202-467-2921; Email: [email protected]

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


Monday, November 12

7:30 – 8:30 a.m.
Registration & Coffee

8:30 – 9 a.m.
Welcome and Introductions
Sue Kelly
, President & CEO, American Public Power Association, Arlington, Virginia

9 – 9:45 a.m.
Keynote Presentation

9:45 – 10 a.m.

10 – 11:45 a.m.

11:45 a.m. – 1 p.m.
Lunch Keynote

1 – 2:30 p.m.

2:30 – 2:45 p.m.

2:45 – 4:15 p.m.

4:15 – 4:30 p.m.

4:30 – 5:30 p.m.
Roundtable Discussions

5:30 – 6:30 p.m.
Relax and network with your public power peers.

Tuesday, November 13

8 – 8:30 a.m.
Registration & Coffee

8:30 – 9:45 a.m.

9:45 – 10 a.m.

10 – 11:15 a.m.

11:15 – Noon
Closing Discussion: Designing a Strategy for Moving Forward
This utilities-only roundtable discussion will be led by Association staff to have an open dialogue on the issues addressed at the summit, provide direction to public power and the Association on next steps, policies, tools and other topics of interest to attendees.

Summit Adjourns



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Association Member
$645 before Oct. 15; $695 after Oct. 15

$1,290 before Oct. 15; $1,340 after Oct. 15

Not an APPA member? Join today and save $645 on your conference registration. Call Member Services at 202-467-2926 to learn more.

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

  • Morning and afternoon beverage breaks (Monday/Tuesday)
  • Monday lunch
  • Monday networking reception

The attire for the 2018 Public Power Forward Summit is business casual. Since meeting room temperatures vary, please prepare to dress for cool conditions. Temperatures in Austin, Texas for the summit dates range from an average high of 72 degrees to an average low of 56 degrees.

The InterContinental Stephen F. Austin is located approximately 10 miles from the Austin-Bergstrom International Airport. 

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 5, 2018, are entitled to a refund of their registration fee, minus a $50 cancellation fee. Registrants who cancel after November 5 will not receive a refund, but attendee substitutions will be allowed for the 2018 Public Power Forward Summit. Registrants and no-shows who do not cancel before or on November 5 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
Registration / Hotel / Program / Billing Questions

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

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

Hotel Information – meeting services team:
Phone: 202/467-2941; Fax: 202/495-7505; Email: [email protected]

Program/Content Information – education team:
Phone: 202/467-2921; Email: [email protected]

Billing Information – accounting and finance team:
Phone: 202/467-2967; Fax: 202/495-7467; Email: [email protected]


The Public Power Forward Summit will take place at the:

InterContinental Stephen F. Austin Hotel
701 Congress Avenue
Austin, TX 78701

Main Telephone
: 512-457-8800

Group Rates: Single/Double $249 per night, (plus tax, 15%)

Reservation Cut-off Date: October 15, 2018

Reservation Telephone: 1-800-235-4670

Group Code: “JOQ” or “Power Forward”

Online Reservation Link: Public Power Forward Summit(original link embedded here due to length)

: 3 p.m. / Check-out: Noon

Parking Fee: Valet Parking Only: $42 per day, plus tax

In-Room Wireless: Complimentary standard wireless internet

About the Hotel
Originally built in 1924 as the city’s first high-rise hotel on Congress Avenue, the InterContinental Stephen F. Austin’s rich history and luxurious accommodations offer a truly unique hotel experience in the heart of downtown Austin. Step inside our golden doors and be greeted by friendly staff, a grand marble double staircase and plush seating in the lobby area. Unwind after a busy day in the city in one of the recently renovated rooms and suites, and stay active at the extensive Health Club, featuring state-of-the-art Cybex & Precor equipment, lap pool and Jacuzzi. Indulge in handmade cocktails, tasty cuisine and a breathtaking view of the State Capitol at Stephen F’s Bar & Terrace. Treat yourself to the Club Intercontinental Experience, where you can enjoy a deluxe breakfast buffet, daily champagne tea hour, and dedicated concierge services.

Hotel Reservations & Cancellation Policy
The cut-off date to receive the group rate (plus tax) is Monday, October 15, 2018.  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 October 15, 2018, so early reservations are encouraged. For individual reservations call 1-800-235-4670 and reference “JOQ” or “Power Forward,” or make your reservation online. The InterContinental Stephen F. Austin should receive all reservations no later than October 15.

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:

  • Monday - Coffee; Lunch; Reception
  • Tuesday - Coffee

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.