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Tuesday, June 19

8 — 10 a.m.
General Session

Recommended CEUs .2 / PDHs 1.5 / CPEs 1.8, Specialized Knowledge

Presentation of National Awards
Recognizing excellence in public power operations and leadership.

Unleashing Six Megatrends of the Next Decade
It feels like sci-fi novels and movies are turning into reality. From self-driven cars to robots that do our every bidding, new technologies are transforming how we live, work, and play. For every business and industry, success over the next five to ten years will depend on handling six technological megatrends — cloud computing, mobile devices, social media, cameras, Internet of Things, big data, and artificial intelligence. Monitor these trends, understand how each of them impacts your customers and utility, and see how you can take on the future.

Chunka Mui, Futurist, Innovation Advisor, and Author of Unleashing the Killer App and Billion Dollar Lessons

11 a.m. — Noon

Recommended CEUs .1 / PDHs 1 / CPEs 1.2

Standing Up to a Sellout Threat
No public power utility can take its future for granted. Fiscal pressures on local government, the expansion of traditional competitors, and the entry of new players into the market may cause your community to evaluate if it should continue to own its electric utility. Understand the warning signs and see how you can counter the threat of a sellout. Learn how to communicate and build goodwill so you can gain community support and resist takeover attempts.
Closed to press, consultants, vendors, and non-members.

Michael Mace, Managing Director, Public Financial Management, Inc., Charlotte, North Carolina; Ursula Schryver, Vice President, Education & Customer Programs, American Public Power Association; and Shane Ward, Power Superintendent, Mt. Pleasant City, Utah

CO2 Emission Standards: What's Next?
The American Public Power Association has urged the EPA replace the Clean Power Plan with a rule that ensures regulatory certainty for public power utilities. We are advocating for a rule that is workable and legally defensible, respects the authority of states to set source specific performance standards, and offers flexibility to demonstrate compliance. Join us to get an update and learn how your utility and state can develop plans to meet CO2 performance standards so customer and reliability impacts are minimized.

Kara Montalvo, Director, Environmental Compliance & Permitting, Salt River Project, Phoenix, Arizona; and Ingrid Setzler, Director, Environmental Services, Kansas City Board of Public Utilities, Kansas

Pole Attachments: Defending Against Federal Interference 
Throughout 2017, the Federal Communications Commission and Congress tried to preempt state and local pole attachment rates and regulations in favor of a national standard. In October 2017, the Senate Commerce Committee distributed a draft bill that would repeal or erode the public power exemption from FCC pole attachment regulations. Get perspectives on these attempts and learn how to message to local, state, and federal lawmakers to preserve local control.

Gabriel Garcia, Director, Senior Counsel, CPS Energy, San Antonio, Texas; and Sean Stokes, Principal, Baller Stokes and Lide, Washington, D.C.

Reaching Tomorrow's Customers: Energy Education for the Next Generation 
Learning about energy at an early age nurtures responsible energy use and stewardship among future customers. See how you can engage with the next generation of your customers through school-based and community programs. In addition to energy, you can teach them the value of public power and foster hometown loyalty. Get ideas from public power utilities that are reaching the next generation through unique educational experiences.

John Crooks, Utilities Manager, Shakopee Public Utilities Commission and Chairman of the Minnesota Municipal Power Agency Board of Directors, Minnesota; and David Niles, Vice President, Avant Energy, Inc. and Agent of Minnesota Municipal Power Agency, Minneapolis, Minnesota

#CyberReady: Utilizing the Public Power Cybersecurity Scorecard
Due to the recent surge of cyber threats in the energy sector, understanding and improving your utility’s cybersecurity posture is increasingly important. This session will guide attendees through the first phase of a new Public Power Cybersecurity Scorecard which enables utilities to complete cybersecurity assessments and receive targeted feedback about their cybersecurity readiness. Attendees will have an opportunity sign up for the online platform free of charge after the session. 
Closed to press, consultants, vendors, and non-members.

Jason Christopher, Chief Technology Officer, Axio, New York, New York; and Nathan Mitchell, Senior Director of Electric Reliability Standards and Security, American Public Power Association

FERC Evaluating Resilience: What's Up in the Markets?
In January, FERC terminated a controversial DOE proposed rule that would require several regional organized wholesale power markets to develop and implement market rules that accurately price generation resources necessary to maintain the reliability and resiliency of the grid. FERC then opened a new docket to evaluate grid resiliency within RTO footprints. Get the latest on how RTOs are defining and addressing resilience, and understand the potential impact on the wholesale markets and transmission planning.

Jonathon Monken, Senior Director of System Resilience, PJM Interconnection, Valley Forge, Pennsylvania; Melissa Seymour, Executive Director, Customer and State Affairs, Central Region,  MidContinent Independent System Operator, Carmel, Indiana; and Alison Silverstein, Alison Silverstein Consulting, Austin, Texas

Electrification: When, Why and How
Explore the feasibility of transforming the U.S. energy sector through electrification. Learn about a recent assessment on how electricity demand is evolving across the industrial, residential, commercial, and transportation sectors. Examine key drivers for electrification and understand how policy, technology innovation, and incentives can influence broader adoption. Gauge the potential value of electrification in terms of economic, environmental and efficiency benefits.

Rob Chapman, Vice President, Energy and Environment, Electric Power Research Institute, Palo Alto, California

The Winds of Change: Beyond Generation
Today the U.S. has enough wind energy installations to power the equivalent of 25 million homes. And the use of wind as an energy source in on the rise in cities. Hear about the future of wind. Learn how wind contributes to reliability and provides services beyond electricity generation — such as voltage regulation, frequency regulation, and long-term certainty to hedge against fluctuating prices. 

Tom Kiernan, Chief Executive Officer, American Wind Energy Association, Washington, D.C.; and George Morrow, General Manager, Denton Municipal Electric, Texas