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Public Power Forward Virtual Series: Harnessing Trends in Energy Technology

This three-part virtual series will provide a foundational overview of the key concepts, challenges, and benefits around EVs, energy storage, and hydrogen generation.
January 16 - February 22, 2024

Series Overview

Central to how fast – and how well – the electric grid transforms into the modern, efficient system many are hoping for is the development and adoption of emerging technology. While consumers can increasingly access electric vehicles that fit their needs, utilities are seeing how newer sources of generation and energy storage are becoming economically and technologically viable.

This series of three virtual courses (offered over six sessions) will provide an in-depth overview of the emerging trends and potential challenges and opportunities around three key technologies: electric vehicles, energy storage, and hydrogen.

Electric vehicles and energy storage are already fundamentally changing the way in which we operate our power grids, and demonstration projects are beginning to show how hydrogen production can affect electricity generation and storage. Get up-to-speed on how these technologies are evolving and driving change for public power utilities of all sizes and lay out a path to plan strategically for the future.

Sign up for the courses individually, or register for all three together for a discounted, bundled rate — all sessions take place from Noon-3:30 pm ET.

All events will be recorded and attendees will automatically receive access to the recordings (accessible for 90 days).

Who Should Attend?

These courses are designed for utility staff and policymakers who already have a basic level of industry knowledge/experience and are looking for a deeper contextual understanding of how EVs, energy storage, and hydrogen technologies will evolve and affect the power grid. Attendees will gain critical understanding of the key challenges, opportunities, and benefits related to these technologies.

Course Level

Basic/Intermediate. A basic level of industry knowledge on distributed energy resource fundamentals and components is needed, as these courses quickly dive into the high-level trends, strategies, and metrics around the various technologies and their grid impacts.


Continuing education credits (CEUs, CPEs, and PHDs) will be provided for each course. See individual course pages for details.


peterPeter Kelly-Detwiler, Co-founder, NorthBridge Energy Partners
Peter is a strategist and communicator on the rapid pace of transformation to a sustainable energy economy. He draws on more than 30 years of experience in the energy industry, focusing on the development of retail competitive markets, new trends, technologies, regulatory and market developments, and sustainable solutions that create value in the energy space. He is an active contributor at Forbes.com, where he has published more than 300 articles covering a broad variety of topics, including the economics of natural gas supply and electricity generation, evolving supply and demand technologies, the evolution of renewables, and trends affecting the energy industry.

His book, The Energy Switch: How Companies and Customers are Transforming the Electrical Grid and the Future of Power, focuses on innovation and disruption in the electric power industry.


Registration/Billing: [email protected]
Schedule/Content/Accreditation: [email protected]


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Registration Fees

Registration is for individual access. If you have multiple people interested in attending, group discounts are available.



Bundled Series - includes all three courses (Save $300)


Individual Courses

  • Keeping Pace with Electric Vehicles – Jan. 16 & 18


  • Adjusting to Energy Storage– Feb. 13 & 15


  • Getting Acquainted with Hydrogen – Feb. 20 & 22


*Non-member rates are double the member rates.

Group Discounts

Save money when your organization registers five or more people for the same class or the bundled series. The larger your group, the more you save!

Registrations must be submitted on the same order (at the same time) to qualify for the group discount; discounts cannot be retroactively applied to previous orders. 

If you need assistance, contact [email protected].

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All events will be recorded and attendees will automatically receive a copy of the recordings, in case you can’t attend live.

Registrants who cancel in writing at least 7 days before the first day of a course are entitled to a refund of their registration fee, minus a $100 cancellation fee. Registrants who cancel after that will not receive a refund, but attendee substitutions will be allowed for this event only. Registrants and no-shows who do not cancel at least 7 days before the course start date are responsible for the full registration fee and are not entitled to a refund. 

Cancellation deadlines: 

  • Public Power Forward Series (all three classes): Cancellations must be received on/before January 9
    • Keeping Pace with Electric Vehicles: Cancellations must be received on/before January 9
    • Adjusting to Energy Storage: Cancellations must be received on/before February 6
    • Getting Acquainted with Hydrogen: Cancellations must be received on/before February 13

Cancellation requests should be made through your My.PublicPower portal, or addressed to: [email protected].


Earn While You Learn!

Participate in virtual programs to earn Continuing Education Units (CEUs), Professional Development Hours (PDHs) and Continuing Professional Education credits (CPEs).

What educational credits are available?

You can earn the following kinds of continuing education credits for attending live sessions—provided the following requirements are met:

Requirements for Successful Completion

  • Attendees are required to attend and participate in 90% of each live session and complete an online evaluation after the last session in a course.
  • Partial credit cannot be given for partial attendance.
  • Attendance is monitored by an APPA staff member during the event, through an online report log, and upon review of the post-event evaluation data.
  • Completion certificates will be available within two weeks of the last session in a live event (for those who meet the requirements) through your APPA member portal (access instructions will be provided).
  • Virtual sessions are recorded (attendees automatically receive access to recordings within a week of the last session), though continuing education credits can only be given for attending live events. Recordings will be accessible for 90 days after the last session.

IACET logoContinuing 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. For information regarding certification status, attendance requirements and obtaining attendee transcripts, contact [email protected] or 202-467-2965. Verify our IACET Accreditation.

CPE logoContinuing 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 submitted to the National Registry of CPE Sponsors through its website: www.NASBAregistry.com. Unless noted, there are no prerequisites for the courses offered and no advance preparation is required. Courses are group-internet based offerings at the basic program level (unless otherwise noted). Credit hours and areas of study for the courses are listed on the individual course pages. For more information regarding administrative policies, such as clarification of requirements, complaints, and refunds, please contact [email protected].

Professional Development Hours (PDHs): The American Public Power Association’s 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.


Additional Information

Format and Log-In Information

These classes will be offered on the Zoom meeting platform.


  • 24 hours after registering: You’ll receive a confirmation email within 24 hours of registering, which contains some preliminary information.
  • 24 hours before: 
    • You’ll receive your Zoom log in link the day before the first session in a course (sent from the APPA Academy’s Zoom account <[email protected]>)
    • You’ll also receive a final logistics email 24 hours in advance of the first class. 
  • If you don’t receive this, email [email protected].

Course Access and Materials

  • Zoom Links: Zoom log in credentials will be sent out 24 hours before the start of the first session.
  • Course Materials: Attendees will receive access to course materials the day before each session through the "Documents" section of their My.PublicPower.org user portal. 
  • Recordings: All sessions will be recorded and can be accessed through your user portal as well (within a week of the last class in the program), in case you can’t attend the live versions. Recordings will be accessible for 90 days after the last session. Note: Continuing education credits can only be issued for attending live sessions.

Technology Requirements

  • Zoom Meeting Application: Attendees are required to have strong Internet access, in order to run the Zoom meeting platform. Please see below for more information on downloading the Zoom Web Client.
  • Audio/Webcam: You will need to enable computer audio to listen and speak (alternatively a call-in number will be provided) and you will also need a webcam, so you can fully engage in the small group breakout sessions and group discussions.  

New to Zoom?

If you haven't participated in a Zoom meeting before, please download the Zoom web client from the Zoom Download Center. This will enable you to access all of the Zoom tools and functionality vs. using the web version. Then, visit Zoom.us/test to ensure you are able to join a meeting. 

If you are not able to download the Zoom web client, you can still participate via your Internet browser. We recommend using Chrome for the best results.

Privacy and Security

The American Public Power Association takes your privacy and security very seriously. For this reason, we have put the following security measures in place for this course:

  • A random Meeting ID
  • Password-protected
  • Enabled waiting room to screen meeting participants
  • Restricted screen sharing to hosts only