Legislative Rally | American Public Power Association (2023)

  • Event Info
  • Safety Protocols
  • Registration
  • Hotel
  • Program

The next Legislative Rally is scheduled for February 27 - March 1, 2023.

Registration and hotel reservations open at 9:00am on Tuesday, November 1.

    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.

    Why Should I Attend?

    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 the 49 million Americans served by public power.

    This Legislative Rally is only open to APPA member utilities, Joint Action Agencies, and State Association members.

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    • For questions about registration, email [emailprotected]
    • For questions about hotel reservations, email [emailprotected]
    • For questions about the program or anything else, email [emailprotected]

    We are excited to be able to host the Legislative Rally as an in-person event. The health and safety of all our attendees, speakers, sponsors, and staff is and will always be our top priority. As such, we have implemented a number of safety protocols by which we are asking attendees to abide. These include:

    1. Do not attend the conference if you are ill or actively experiencing any COVID-19 symptoms. Participants who have recently been exposed to or tested positive for COVID should followCDC guidelinesto determine if it is safe for them to participate.
    2. Masks are welcome, but will not be required.
    3. Engage in appropriate physical distancing and hygiene practices.
    4. Be respectful of all other attendees and their comfort levels.


    Register for APPA’s 2023 Legislative Rally here.

    Registration Cancellation Policy:

    Registrants who cancel in writing on or before Tuesday, February 21, 2023, are entitled to a refund of their registration fee, minus a $50 cancellation fee. Registrants who cancel after February 21, 2023, will not receive a refund, but attendee substitutions will be allowed for the 2023 Legislative Rally and pre-Rally seminars only. Registrants and no-shows who do not cancel on or before February 21 are responsible for the full registration fee and are not entitled to a refund of their registration fee. Cancellation requests should be made through your My.PublicPower portal, or addressed to: [emailprotected]

    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.

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    Questions? Contact [emailprotected] or (202)467-2963.

    Legislative Rally Room Block – SOLD OUT

    Our room block at the Mayyflower Hotel is currently sold out. As we get closer to conference dates, the room block typically opens up with availability. If you would like to be added to the waitlist, please complete this form, and we will do our best to secure a reservation for you at the hotel.

    Below is a list of hotels within close proximity to the Mayflower Hotel. Please note that the APPA has not established a group rate with any of the properties listed below.

    Capital Hilton
    1001 16th St NW
    Washington DC, DC 20036
    (.3 miles from the Mayflower Hotel)

    The Jefferson
    1200 16th St NW
    Washington, DC 20036
    Reservations/Local: (202) 448-2300
    (.4 miles from the Mayflower Hotel)

    Beacon Hotel & Corporate Quarters
    1615 Rhode Island Ave NW
    Washington, DC 20036
    Reservations/Local: (202) 296-2100
    (.4 miles from the Mayflower Hotel)

    Please contact the Meetings Services team at (202) 467-2938 or [emailprotected] if you have any questions.

    The Mayflower Hotel

    The Mayflower Hotel, Autograph Collection has been a Washington, D.C.,landmark since opening its doors over 90 years ago. Listed on the National Register of Historic Places, this hotel has been completely refreshed, offering a host of modern amenities while maintaining a sense of iconic luxury. Immerse yourself in the beauty of the sweeping marble lobby before getting comfortable in the redesigned guestrooms. The vibrant American brasserie, EDGAR, offers locally inspired fare, seasonal cocktails, and wines by the glass, open daily for breakfast, lunch, or dinner. Guests can also experience the sights and sounds of Washington, DC, steps from the hotel, with easy access to the Metro and city bike shares. Whether you're in the nation's capital for business or pleasure, you'll be delighted with the historic tradition and captivating luxury of The Mayflower Hotel, Autograph Collection.

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    Address: The Mayflower Hotel, Autograph Collection

    1127 Connecticut Avenue, NW

    Washington, DC 20036

    Main Telephone: 1-202-347-3000

    Group Rates: Single/Double $344 per night (plus applicable taxes)

    Check-in: 4:00 p.m.

    Checkout: 12:00 p.m.

    Parking Fee: Valet Parking Only: $63/daily with in-and-out privileges

    Reservation Cut-off Date: February 3, 2023

    Reservation Telephone: 1-877-212-5752

    Group Code: American Public Power Association Legislative Rally

    Online Reservation Link: Booking

    Hotel Reservations & Cancellation Policy:

    The cut-off date to receive the group rate (plus tax) isFriday, February 3, 2023.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 beforeFebruary 3, so early reservations are encouraged.For individual reservations, call1-202-347-3000 and reference"American Public Power Association Legislative Rally" or make your reservation online here.

    Canceled 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[emailprotected].

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    Monday, February 27

    7:30am-6:00pmRegistration Desk Open
    8:30 am – 12:00 pm

    Pre-Rally Seminar

    Pole Attachments in the Era of Rapid Broadband Expansion

    Congress and the states are making tens of billions of dollars of grants and loans available to accelerate the deployment, adoption, and use of advanced wireline and wireless broadband networks.These subsidies will affect public power utilities in multiple ways, including as potential recipients of such subsidies; participants in broadband projects and partnerships; and owners of poles, conduits, towers, and other facilities that will support the new or expanded broadband networks. Meanwhile, the Federal Communications Commission and several states have adopted, or are considering, various measures that are said to be necessary to make access to public rights-of-way and facilities faster and cheaper for broadband service providers.Some of these measures pose serious legal, financial, and operational issues for public power utilities.


    • Key recent federal and state legislative, regulatory, and court developments regarding pole attachments
    • Who’s involved, and what they are arguing, on each side of the issues
    • Potential effects on public power operations
    • Timeframes and allowable rates


    • Jim Baller, Partner, Keller and Heckman LLP
    • Sean Stokes, Partner, Keller and Heckman LLP
    9:00 am – 12:00 pm

    Advisory Committee Meeting

    12:30 pm – 1:30 pm PowerPAC Board Meeting
    1:30 pm – 2:45 pmJoint Action Agencies Meeting
    1:30 pm – 5:00 pm

    Pre-Rally Seminar

    Energy Tax Provisions of the Inflation Reduction Act

    The Inflation Reduction Act included a range of energy-related tax provisions estimated to be worth $270 billion over the next decade. This seminar will provide an overview of the act’s provisions, especially those of particular interest to public power, including the extension and expansion of the current investment and production tax credits, new “clean energy” tax credits, enhancements to the credits for carbon capture, a new nuclear power credit, and various credits for customers. It will also discuss the new “direct pay” mechanism by which public power utilities will be able to claim these credits for projects and facilities they own and the myriad legal, transactional, and practical issues this ground-breaking option presents.


    • What investments are eligible for energy tax credits under IRA
    • A deep dive on key concepts such as domestic content, prevailing wages, and direct payment
    • Paying the bill: how to analyze cots, and arrange financing


    • John Godfrey, Senior Government Relations Director, APPA
    • Mark Warren, Shareholder, Brownstein Hyatt Farber Schreck, Washington, D.C.

    Additional speakers to come.

    3:00pm -5:00pmPolicy Makers Council Meeting
    4:30pm-5:00pmWomen in Public Power Reception
    5:30pm-7:00pmWelcome Reception

    Tuesday, February 28

    7:30am-5:30pmRegistration Desk Open

    President’s Circle Breakfast(PowerPAC President’s Circle only)


    L&R Committee Meeting

    12:00pm-1:30pmL&R Committee Luncheon

    PMA Task Force Meeting

    4:45pm-6:15pmPowerPAC Open House (PowerPAC members only)

    Wednesday, March 1

    7:30 am – 9:00 am Legislative Rally Breakfast

    Events subject to change. Unless otherwise noted, all events are closed to the press.

    Legislative & Resolutions Committee

    Members can help shape APPA’s policy priorities by voting on resolutions through the Legislative and Resolutions (L&R) Committee. Each APPA member organization is eligible to designate one employee or governing board member to serve as its voting delegate on the committee.

    APPA’s policies on legislation, regulations, and other federal issues are determined through a democratic, grassroots process that occurs annually. The L&R Committee meets once a year at the Legislative Rally, which is typically held in late February or early March. This process begins by APPA members, individually or collectively, drafting proposed policy resolutions and submitting them to the L&R Committee in advance of the its meeting at the annual Legislative Rally.

    When a resolution has been adopted by the L&R Committee at the February/March meeting, it becomes APPA policy, with full force and effect, until it is given final consideration at the annual APPA Business Meeting in June.

    Only one voting delegate per APPA member organization is allowed. If you have questions about designating a voter please email [emailprotected].

    Members may wish to start by reviewing current policy resolutions. Key questions to ask as you review them are: Has the APPA 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 APPA 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, Acting Senior Vice President of Advocacy and Commuications & General Counsel, at [emailprotected].

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