Preconference Workshops


Designed to help you develop skill sets and dive deeper into complex subject matters, preconference seminars offer longer class times, smaller class sizes, interactive formats and experienced instructors. Seminars require separate registration and fees (in addition to the main conference registration). 

Sunday, October 8

8:30 a.m. - Noon
NERC Reliability Compliance: Risk-Based Enforcement, Updating your Internal Compliance Program, “Above-and-Beyond” Investments and Current NERC Initiatives

Hear from a NERC representative and two seasoned NERC practitioners about some of the most important issues in NERC compliance. The workshop includes four parts and will cover the ins and outs of the risk-based enforcement process; tips for updating your entity’s internal compliance program; the pros and cons of alternatives to paying penalties if a registered entity is found to have violated a NERC reliability standard; and what you should know about what’s going on at NERC now. Discuss the most current — and most confusing — NERC initiatives, and get answers to your most pressing NERC compliance questions.

Lisa Gast, Shareholder, Duncan, Weinberg, Genzer & Pembroke, Washington, D.C.; Ed Kichline, Senior Counsel and Director of Enforcement Oversight, North American Electric Reliability Corporation, Washington, D.C.; and Gregg Ottinger, Partner, Duncan & Allen, Washington, D.C. 

1:30 - 5 p.m.
Pole Attachment Law and Practices: Wireless Attachments and Other New and Emerging Developments

Legislation has been introduced in more than two dozen states to impose wireless pole attachment regulations on public power utilities, and the Federal Communications Commission has initiated proceedings to remove what it perceives as state and local barriers to wireless deployment. Join this workshop to get an in-depth review of the current state of the law and the obligations of public power utilities on wireless attachments, and other emerging pole attachment issues, such as one touch make ready initiatives. Discuss the lessons learned from a public power utility that has proactively developed attachment agreements and policies to address these new challenges.  

Jim Baller, President, and Sean Stokes, Principal, Baller Herbst Stokes & Lide, Washington, D.C.; and Gary Vondrasek, Program Manager, Wireless/Wireline, JEA, Jacksonville, Florida

1:30 - 5 p.m.
Environmental Issues Roundtable
(The Environmental Issues Roundtable is not eligible for CLEs or other continuing education credit. This roundtable is open only to direct employees of APPA member utilities, joint action agencies, or state/regional associations; no outside counsel, consultants, vendors may attend.)

Legislation has been introduced in more than two dozen states to impose wireless pole attachment regulations on public power utilities, and the Federal Communications Commission has initiated proceedings to remove what it perceives as state and local barriers to wireless deployment. Join this workshop to get an in-depth review of the current state of the law and the obligations of public power utilities on wireless attachments, and other emerging pole attachment issues, such as one touch make ready initiatives. Discuss the lessons learned from a public power utility that has proactively developed attachment agreements and policies to address these new challenges.  

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