Meeting

Supply Chain Summit & Strategic Discussion

Join leaders from across public power to weigh in on the viability of potential remedies to critical supply chain challenges for your organization
Savannah, Georgia

Open only to public power utilities, joint action agencies, and state and regional associations. 

Public power continues to face shortages and delays in getting necessities, from distribution transformers to large power transformers, smart meters, conductor materials, and more. Without new action and new solutions, public power utilities will not be able to power new residential and commercial development, new manufacturing facilities, invest in clean energy technologies to meet environmental goals, recover from increasingly intense weather events, or support a rapidly expanding electric vehicle fleet – possibly for years to come.

This discussion will provide a forum for candid discussions of supply chain challenges across the APPA community with a focus on feasible and actionable options to ensure continued reliability and affordability for those served by these community-owned electric utilities. 

 

Who should attend

The Supply Chain Summit & Strategic Discussion will be held immediately following the CEO Roundtable, but registration for the CEO Roundtable is not required. This strategic discussion is open, free of charge, to public power utilities, joint action agencies, and state and regional associations. 

Supply Chain Summit & Strategic Discussion

Tuesday, March 14, 11 a.m. – 4 p.m. (Includes a working lunch)

Open only to public power utilities, joint action agencies, and state and regional associations.

Public power continues to face shortages and delays in getting necessities, from distribution transformers to large power transformers, smart meters, conductor materials, and more. Without new action and new solutions, public power utilities will not be able to power new residential and commercial development, new manufacturing facilities, invest in clean energy technologies to meet environmental goals, recover from increasingly intense weather events, or support a rapidly expanding electric vehicle fleet – possibly for years to come.

This discussion will provide a forum for candid discussions of supply chain challenges across the APPA community with a focus on feasible and actionable options to ensure continued reliability and affordability for those served by these community-owned electric utilities

The discussion will examine the following questions and solutions:

  1. Forming consortia to leverage suppliers

Would pooling resources help public power utilities from a state or regional focus? Where have members been successful and what can we learn from failed efforts? Are there certain components that would be best suited for this?

  1. Developing a manufacturing facility for public power

ERMCO is one of the largest manufacturers domestically of distribution transformers and is a wholly owned subsidiary of Arkansas Electric Cooperatives. Is it reasonable or possible for public power to create something similar?

  1. Standardization

One of the “complaints” by the manufacturing sector is that there are too many types of voltage classes and styles needed for transformers. Is standardization possible and, if so, what steps would need to be taken to move forward? What would be the scope of potential gains or drawbacks for public power entities to have more standardized components?

  1. Reforming bidding requirements

Current local and state procurement laws are also hindering the ability to resupply. Having multiple bid requirements can make it difficult for manufacturers to meet all criteria. As the supply shortage persists, some manufacturers will not provide a bid to meet the requirement or are no longer accepting new requests. How have utilities changed their procurement process to get bids, and which requirements are manufacturers finding the hardest to meet? What can be changed and where have we found success?

  1. Refurbishing transformers

Many utilities contract outside companies to refurbish transformers. What are the successes and failures of these efforts? Can utilities do this work themselves? How much can refurbishment extend the current supply?

Facilitator: Christiana Briggs, President, Athena Strategic Design Inc.

Registration

The Supply Chain Summit & Strategic Discussion will be held immediately following the CEO Roundtable, but registration for the CEO Roundtable is not required. 

This strategic discussion is open, free of charge, to public power utilities, joint action agencies, and state and regional associations. 

Cancellation, Refund, and Substitution Policy

Please let us know if you need to cancel your reservation so we have an accurate head count. Cancellation requests should be made through your my.publicpower portal, or addressed to: [email protected].

If you are also registered for the CEO Roundtable, please let us know if you are cancelling for the CEO Roundtable, the Supply Chain Summit & Strategic Discussion, or both. 

Code of Conduct

Attendees of American Public Power Association meetings agree to abide by the APPA Code of Conduct. If attendees engage in unacceptable behavior as outlined in the Code of Conduct, the Association may take any action it deems appropriate, including, but not limited to, expulsion from the current and future meetings with no warning or refund.

Participants must comply with the APPA Antitrust Policy and may not discuss confidential policies or plans regarding pricing, procurement, or employee wages or benefits.  

Contact Us

Registration: [email protected]

Program/Content: [email protected]

Hotel: [email protected]

Billing: [email protected]

Hotel

The Supply Chain Summit & Strategic Discussion will take place at the JW Marriott Savannah Plant Riverside District in Savannah, Georgia, immediately following the CEO Roundtable. (Registration for that event is not required to participate in the Supply Chain Summit & Strategic Discussion). 

JW Marriott Savannah Plant Riverside District
400 W River St.
Savannah, GA 31401 

JW Marriott Savannah Plant Riverside District is the pinnacle of luxury in the Hostess City. Located within Plant Riverside District, Savannah’s iconic entertainment destination, walkable attractions and amenities include dynamic restaurants and lounges, upscale retail and live entertainment. Once a power plant on the Savannah riverfront, the hotel retains the Power Plant's architectural character, with historic details throughout the property with more than a dozen restaurants including three rooftop bars, an upscale retail and an art galleries along acres of the Savannah Riverwalk.

Reservations

Logistics 

  • Check in: 4 pm Check out: 11 am
  • Parking: Valet parking $48 per night, unlimited access; Self parking $43 per night, metered. 
  • Internet access: Complimentary standard wireless internet

Reservations & Cancellations

The cut-off date to receive the group rate is Friday, February 24, 2023. The room blocks may sell out before February 24, so early reservations are encouraged. Make your reservations directly with the hotel using the links or telephone numbers above.

Cancelled reservations that are not resold may become a financial liability for APPA, so please make your reservations thoughtfully.

Scam Alert

Please 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 APPA —in conference brochures and the website at www.PublicPower.org

Questions and Assistance

For questions or assistance making your hotel arrangements, contact [email protected].