Legislative Rally

You are in the best position to talk to Congress about the direct impact of federal action at the local level.
February 26 - 28, 2018
Washington, D.C.

Register now for the 2018 Legislative Rally. The room block at the Mayflower Hotel is currently full. Please click on the hotel tab for alternate hotel information.

2018 Key Messages

If you have any questions, please contact [email protected] or (202) 467-2928.

As a public power advocate, you are in the best position to talk to Congress about the direct impact of federal action at the local level. Our coordinated outreach efforts are strengthened because you represent not only your public power community, but also 49 million other Americans served by public power.

Who Should Attend

  • Public power staff and leaders
  • Mayors, city council and board members
  • Others who want to get involved and advocate for public power

At the Legislative Rally, the American Public Power Association provides the resources, connections, and collective power to help public power communities make your voices heard in Washington, D.C.

Check out the key issues to discuss with your elected officials when you visit them in Washington, D.C. and download and print the 2018 issue briefs for distributing.


2018 Schedule of Events

2018 Key Messages

Check out the 2018 Legislative Rally program. The 2018 issue briefs are available for reading and downloading.

Pre-Rally Seminars

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Register now for the 2018 Legislative Rally.

2018 Legislative Rally
February 26-28, 2018

The Mayflower Hotel
1127 Connecticut Avenue, NW, Washington, D.C., 20036

Conference Registration Fees

  • Association Members: $375
  • Nonmembers: $750

Pre-Rally Seminar Fees

Each preconference seminar requires a separate registration fee.

  • Association Members: $325 (each)
  • Nonmembers: $650 (each)

After February 2, pre-rally seminar fees will increase by $50.

Guest Registration

All guest registrations must be accompanied by a Legislative Rally attendee registration. Guests may not attend general sessions or concurrent sessions unless otherwise listed in the conference program. Guests of attendees are welcome to attend the Welcome Reception and L&R Committee Luncheon for a fee. Children 12 and under do not need to register.

Welcome Reception $95

Monday, February 26, 2018 | 5:30 p.m. – 7 p.m.

L&R Committee Luncheon $60

Tuesday, February 27, 2018 | Noon – 1:30 p.m.

L&R Committee Luncheon*

Reserve a table at the Tuesday luncheon and ensure that your attendees and guests get the most value possible out of this annual event. Benefits of reserved tables include:

  • Preferential seating at the front of the banquet hall.
  • Three additional tickets to the luncheon (individual tickets cost $60.00).
  • Signage and advance notice of table location to ensure that attendees and invited guests are seated together.
  • Greater visibility for guests who may be trying to locate you.
  • Association Members: $350 (each)
  • Nonmembers: $700 (each)

*Counsel has advised that under House and Senate ethics rules, only the American Public Power Association may extend invitations to House or Senate Members or staff to attend this event. Individual APPA members are not permitted to extend invitations. Violations of these rules may result in criminal liability.




Registrants who cancel in writing on or before February 19, 2018, are entitled to a refund of their registration fee, minus a $50 cancellation fee. Registrants who cancel after February 19 will not receive a refund. However, we will accept attendee substitutions for the 2018 APPA Legislative Rally. Registrants and no-shows who do not cancel on or before February 19 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, faxed, or emailed to:

American Public Power Association
2451 Crystal Drive, Suite 1000
Arlington, VA 22202-4804

Fax: 202-495-7484



Registration Information

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

Hotel Information

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

L&R Committee Luncheon

Phone: 202-467-2928; Email: [email protected]

The Association maintains the right to designate any meeting or session as open only to regular members (public power systems, rural electric cooperatives, joint action agencies, state/regional associations). The Legislative Rally is not open to investor-owned utilities or other privately-owned energy companies.

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The room block at the Mayflower Hotel is currently full. If you are interested in a group block, please contact our Meetings Department at [email protected].

The Mayflower Renaissance Washington
1127 Connecticut Ave NW

Washington, D.C., 20036

Room Block Waitlist

Thank you for contacting us regarding the 2018 APPA Legislative Rally. In order to be added to the waitlist, please reply to Regina Tatum at [email protected] with the names of all attendees, arrival/departure dates for each, and your hotel confirmation numbers (if you have already made reservations at The Mayflower, but not at the discounted group rate). Please be aware that APPA cannot guarantee that you will be placed within the room block.

In the meantime, APPA suggests the following hotels within close proximity to The Mayflower. Please note that APPA has NOT established a group rate with any of the properties listed below. We suggest making a reservation at one the hotels listed below and to periodically check with The Mayflower to see if any rooms have become available.

Loews Madison Hotel

1177 15th St NW, Washington, DC 20005


Distance to The Mayflower: 0.4 miles (7 min walk)

Renaissance Washington DC Dupont Circle Hotel

1143 New Hampshire Ave NW, Washington, DC 20037


Distance to the Mayflower: 0.5 miles (10 min walk)

Hotel Reservations & Cancellation Policy

The cut-off date to receive the group rate (plus tax) is Friday, February 2, 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 February 2, so early reservations are encouraged. For individual reservations call 1-877-212-5752 and reference “American Public Power Association Legislative Rally” or make your reservation online at The Mayflower should receive all reservations no later than February 2, 2018.

Cancelled reservations that are not resold may become a financial liability for APPA, so please make your reservations thoughtfully. If you require additional assistance with housing please contact Meeting Services at 202-467-2941 or [email protected].

For information on guest rooms and amenities please click here.

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Legislative & Resolutions Committee

Members can help shape the Association’s policy priorities by voting on resolutions through the Legislative and Resolutions Committee. Each Association member organization is eligible to designate one employee or governing board member to serve as its voting delegate on the committee by submitting this form.

The Association’s policies on legislation, regulation, and other federal issues are determined through a democratic, grassroots process that occurs annually. The L&R Committee meets twice a year – once at the Legislative Rally in February and once at the National Conference in June. This process begins by Association members, individually or collectively, drafting proposed policy resolutions and submitting them to the Legislative and Resolutions Committee in advance of the L&R Committee meeting at the annual Legislative Rally.

When a resolution has been adopted by the L&R Committee at the February meeting, it becomes Association policy, with full force and effect, until it is given final consideration at the annual Association Business Meeting in June. Resolutions adopted at the February L&R Committee meeting are also reconsidered at the June L&R Committee meeting to determine whether they warrant modification. These resolutions, along with new resolutions considered and adopted at the June L&R Committee meeting, are then open for further discussion and a vote by authorized delegates at the annual Association Business Meeting.

Members may wish to start by reviewing current policy resolutions. Key questions to ask as you review are: Has the Association adopted a policy position that needs to be altered? Have conditions changed so existing positions need to be revised and updated? Are there other issues not previously addressed for which the Association needs to stake out public power's interests?

All proposed resolutions must be made available to L&R Committee members at least two weeks prior to the meeting so that committee members have adequate time to review them. Therefore, if you are a member and would like to submit any resolutions, please email them to Desmarie Waterhouse, Vice President of Government Relations & Counsel, at


Frequently Asked Questions

Where can I find the issue briefs and fact sheets for the Legislative Rally?

The 2018 issue briefs are now available for reading and downloading.

Where and when is the next Legislative Rally?

February 25-27, 2019
Mayflower Renaissance Washington
Washington, D.C.

February 24-26, 2020
Mayflower Renaissance Washington
Washington, D.C.

March 1-3, 2021
Mayflower Renaissance Washington
Washington, D.C.

What educational credits are available?

The pre-rally seminars (Monday, Feb. 26) are eligible for the following education 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) Credits 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 emailed it to

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

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.


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