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National Conference Sessions—Monday P.M.

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Monday, June 18

1:30 — 2:30 p.m.

Recommended CEUs .1 / PDHs 1 / CPEs 1.2

Know Your Worth, Show Your Worth
Public power offers distinct benefits to the community and is affordable, reliable and responsive to community needs. Your utility gives back to the community through payments-in-lieu of taxes, community services and economic development benefits, and more. Can you quantify the value you provide to your citizens? Learn how to assess and document the benefits your utility offers and how to communicate these to stakeholders.  

Chris Gent, Vice President, Corporate Communications, Kissimmee Utility Authority, Florida; and Jacob Williams, General Manager and CEO, Florida Municipal Power Agency, Orlando, Florida

Air, Water, Waste: Federal Environmental Update
Many of the major air, water and waste environmental regulations affecting fossil fuel generation are undergoing regulatory review, revision, or repeal because of continuing policy changes under the Trump Administration. See what’s new and what’s on the horizon on ozone ambient air quality standards, coal ash, new source review, effluent limitation guidelines for steam electric generating units, and Waters of the U.S. rules.

Carolyn Slaughter, Director, Environmental Policy, American Public Power Association 

The Wild West: Keeping Up with Market Developments 
The Western Interconnection has seen many new regional wholesale market developments including the expanding Energy Imbalance Market, efforts to develop regional governance for the CAISO, the Mountain West Transmission Group, and the wholesale market offered by Peak RC and PJM. Get an update on these developments, discuss what’s next, and understand the implications for your utility and customers. 

Reiko Kerr, Senior Assistant General Manager - Power System, Los Angeles Department of Water & Power, California; Barry Moline, Executive Director, California Municipal Utilities Association, Sacramento, California; and Joe Wilson, General Counsel, Platte River Power Authority, Fort Collins, Colorado

New Manager's Roundtable
New CEOs and utility managers, as well as future leaders, are invited to connect with peers and discuss common challenges. Meet other new public power leaders and share ideas and experiences in an open discussion forum. Bring your challenges to the table for solutions from others.

Moderator: Ian Taylor, Chief Executive Officer, New Braunfels Utilities, Texas

Blockchain and the Energy Invasion: A Primer
Blockchain is the technology underlying cryptocurrencies like Bitcoin. Broader applications of blockchain technology are poised to bring big changes to many industries, including energy. Come and listen to a non-technical, easy to understand explanation of blockchain technology. Discover how blockchain will impact your utility and get ready for new loads and new ways of transacting with customers and suppliers.

Robert Trinnear, Managing Director, The Energy Authority, Jacksonville, Florida

Fiber and Public Power: Catalyzing Development
If you provide or want to start providing telecommunications and fiber-to-the-home services in your community, this session is a must-attend. See how the community benefits from enhanced Internet, phone, and video services for residents, businesses, and education institutions. Hear about the impact of increasing state regulations on fiber services. Learn how fiber can be a catalyst for local economic development and innovation, positioning your utility for success. 

Terry Huval, Director of Utilities, Lafayette Utilities System, Louisiana; and Jeff Mihelich, Deputy City Manager, City of Fort Collins, Colorado

Community Solar Shines with Customer Engagement
Strategic, long-term customer engagement and management is critical to the success of utility programs like community solar. The program can thrive only if customers are happy and remain committed to the program. Whether you are planning to launch a community solar program or already have one up and running, come and discover engagement strategies and tools to improve the customer experience while saving valuable internal team resources and bandwidth.

Bart Rupert, CIO, Clean Energy Collective, Louisville, Colorado

What's New in Energy Efficiency and Distributed Energy
Review industry trends in energy efficiency and learn how utilities are integrating distributed energy resources to create economic value. Learn from real-world examples about the opportunities and pitfalls of integration. See what’s new in energy efficiency programs, renewable generation, storage, load shaping/shifting, electric vehicles, and heat pumps. Learn how to analyze data to understand load patterns and system constraints and improve grid resiliency.

Emily Levin, Managing Consultant, Innovative Programs, Vermont Energy Investment Corporation, Burlington, Vermont