Alaska Power Association 2017 Annual Meeting

Kodiak, Alaska
Kodiak Harbor Convention Center
Sept. 13-15, 2017
Alaska Power Association’s 66th Annual Meeting and ARECA Insurance Exchange Annual Meeting in beautiful Kodiak, Alaska brings together APA’s statewide membership for three days of Associaiton business, General Sessions, speakers and networking.

 Alaska Power Association Annual Meeting Host Utility

Power Plant Level Sponsor


ARECA Insurance Exchange Reception Sponsors



 Lunch Sponsors



Breakfast Sponsors


KEA North NC Power Systems

Speaker Sponsor


General Session Sponsors



Law offices of  Kemppel, Huffman and Ellis ARCTEC


Coffee Break Sponsors



Event Sponsors

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Alaska Power Association 66th Annual Meeting

and ARECA Insurance Exchange Annual Meeting

September 13-15, Kodiak Harbor Convention Center

Hosted by Kodiak Electric Association            


Tuesday, September 12, 2017

1:30 p.m. – 4:30 p.m.             Pillar Mountain Wind Farm Tour                            Provided by KEA

6:30 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.              Welcome Reception                                                  Afognak Center

Sponsored by Kodiak Electric Association

 Wednesday, September 13, 2017 – Kodiak Convention Center

7:00 a.m. – 9:00 a.m.              Breakfast                                                                    Kodiak Convention Center

Sponsored by NC Power Systems

7:30 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.              Registration desk open                                             Kodiak Convention Center

8:15 a.m. – 8:45 a.m.             Alaska Systems Coordinating Council                     Kodiak Convention Center

8:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.             NRECA Director Training                                         Best Western Chart Room

8:45 a.m. – 10:00 a.m.           ARECA Educational Foundation Meeting                Kodiak Convention Center

9:00 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.             Companion Tour                                                       Kodiak Convention Center

10:00 a.m. – 10:30 a.m.          Break                                                                          Kodiak Convention Center

Sponsored by National Rural Telecommunications Cooperative

10:30 a.m. – 11:00 a.m.         AK 220 Shareholders Meeting                                 Kodiak Convention Center

11:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.         APA Managers Forum                                               Kodiak Convention Center


12:00 p.m. – 1:15 p.m.           Lunch                                                                         Kodiak Convention Center

Sponsored by National Rural Electric Cooperative Association

Keynote speakers:                  First Speaker: Robert F. West, Executive Vice President,

Infrastructure Banking Group, CoBank


Second Speaker: John Andrew Leman, Counsel, Kemppel, Huffman & Ellis

“Electric Utility Legal and Regulatory Update”

1:30 p.m. – 2:30 p.m.              ARECA Training Council Meeting                            Kodiak Convention Center

2:30 p.m. – 3:00 p.m.              Break                                                                          Kodiak Convention Center

Sponsored by McDowell, Rackner & Gibson, PC

3:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.              ARECA Insurance Exchange             Meeting                      Kodiak Convention Center


6:30 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.              ARECA Insurance Exchange Reception                   Kodiak Hana Restaurant

                                                   Sponsored by Federated Rural Electric Insurance Exchange and Zurich Insurance

Thursday, September 14, 2017 – Kodiak Convention Center

7:00 a.m. – 9:00 a.m.              Breakfast                                                                    Kodiak Convention Center

Sponsored by Kotzebue Electric Association

7:30 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.              Registration desk open                                             Kodiak Convention Center

8:00 am – 10:00 am             APA General Session I                                                     Kodiak Convention Center 

Sponsored by American Transmission Company, LLC

8:00 am                                  Introductory Remarks from APA President Ben Frantz,

General Manager of Barrow Utilities & Electric Cooperative, Inc.

Welcome remarks from Darron Scott, Kodiak Electric Association CEO

8:15 am – 9:15 a.m.               Innovative Alaska Energy Projects

  • AEL&P’s Electric Car Program – Connie Hulbert, President, AEL&P
  • Energy Storage Systems – Rob Roys, Business Development for West U.S., ABB Microgrids
  • Community Solar – Tom DeLong, Director, Golden Valley Electric Association

9:15 a.m. – 10:00 a.m.           Richard Lusk, Oak Ridge National Laboratory

Co-author: An Early Survey on Best Practices for the Use of Small Unmanned Aerial Systems by the Electric Utility Industry

10:00 am – 10:30 am             Break                                                                          Kodiak Convention Center

Sponsored by Copper Valley Electric Association and INN Electric Cooperative

10:30 am – 12:00 pm          APA General Session II                                            Kodiak Convention Center Hall

Sponsored by Kemppel, Huffman & Ellis, P.C.

10:30 am                                           Darron Scott, CEO, Kodiak Electric Association

10:50 am                                           Trade Association Reports                                                                                 

APA President Report:  Ben Frantz, General Manager, Barrow Utilities

APA Treasurer Report: Jodi Mitchell, CEO, Inside Passage Electric Cooperative

AK CARE Report:  Henry Strub, Director, Nushagak Cooperative

NRECA Director Report: Meera Kohler, CEO, Alaska Village Electric Cooperative

APA Executive Director Report: Crystal Enkvist, Executive Director, APA


12:00 pm – 1:30 pm               Lunch                                                                         Kodiak Convention Center

Sponsored by Barrow Utilities and Electric Cooperative, Inc.

Speaker:                      Sheldon Petersen, CEO and Governor

National Rural Utilities Cooperative Finance Corporation

                                                POWER PLANT LEVEL SPONSOR!

1:30 pm – 3:30 pm                 APA Board of Directors meeting                               Kodiak Convention Center


See next page for Thursday’s evening schedule

5:30 pm – 8:30 pm                APA Awards Banquet                                               Kodiak Convention Center

Keynote speaker:                  Scott Peterson, Senior Vice President, Communications

                                                National Rural Electric Cooperative Association

8:30 pm – 9:30 pm                ARECA Educational Foundation Auction                Kodiak Convention Center

Friday, September 15, 2017 – Kodiak Convention Center

7:00 am – 9:00 am                 Breakfast                                                                    Kodiak Convention Center

8:30 am – 10:30 am                        APA General Session III                             Kodiak Convention Center 

 8:30 a.m. – 9:15 a.m.              Legislative Review and Forecast

Moderator                 Michael Rovito, APA Director of Member and Public Relations

            Participants:              Laura Vogel, Senior Advisor, Political Affairs, NRECA

                                                Jeff Leahey, Deputy Executive Director, National Hydropower Assoc.

  9:15 a.m. – 10:15 a.m.           Public Financing Options for Electric Utilities

  • Jessie Huff, Business and Energy Programs Specialist, State Energy Coordinator, USDA Rural Development
  • Michael Catsi, Business Development and Communications Director, Alaska Industrial and Export Development Authority
  • Katie Conway, Government Relations, Outreach & Efficiency Manager, Alaska Energy Authority
  • Rodney Peach, General Field Representative, USDA, Rural Utilities Service


10:15am – 10:30 am             Break                                                                          Kodiak Convention Center

Sponsored by BDO USA LLC and NPC Energy Services


10:30 am – 11:30 am          APA General Session IV                                                 Kodiak Convention Center 

10:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.              Project Highlights

Hydro: Gary Hennigh, City Administrator, King Cove, Alaska

Solar: John Wallace, Executive Director,

Grand Canyon State Electric Cooperative Association


11:30 am – 1:00 pm              Membership Networking Lunch (grab and go or stay!)    Kodiak Convention Center

                                                Sponsored by ARECA Insurance Exchange

If you have any questions or need assistance before or during the APA Annual Meeting, please contact one of the staff members listed below:

Michael Rovito – Director of Member and Public Relations –

Toni Mancini – Executive Coordinator –

Official APA Annual Meeting Hotels – Mention the APA Annual Meeting

Kodiak Inn – Best Western

236 Rezanof Drive
Kodiak, Alaska  99615


Comfort Inn Kodiak

1395 Airport Way, Kodiak, AK, 99615


Other lodging (don’t forget to check AirB&B and VRBO as well!):

Buoy Bell B & B
Mark & Andria Anderson
1124 Steller Way
Kodiak, AK 99615
Ph: (907) 486-3377 or: (907) 942-4144

Parkside Guesthouse
Chris & Lisa Kostelecky
1165 Abercrombie Rd P. O. Box 2383
Kodiak, AK 99615Em:

A Bayview Inn
Rick and Leslee Baker
2915 Bayview Drive / PO Box 4926
Kodiak, AK 99615
Ph: (907) 481-2882 TF: (888) 568-2882

Cliffhouse B & B (Galley Gourmet)
Marion & Marty Owen
1223 West Kouskov
Kodiak, AK 99615
Ph: (907) 486-5079

Pearson Cove B & B
Jan Chatto900 Mission Road
Kodiak, AK 99615
Ph: (907) 486-5301

A Captain’s Quarters B & B
Lon & Cindy White
4149 Woodland Drive / PO Box 8845
Kodiak, AK 99615
Ph: (907) 486-6444TF: (800) 486-6444

Cranky Crow B & B
John and Stephanie Wyszkowski
1713 E Rezanof
Kodiak, AK 99615
Ph: (907) 654-7356

Russian River Roadhouse
Jim Rippey / Cathy Wilson
P.O Box 2038
Kodiak, AK 99615
Ph: (907) 942-1863

A Channel View B & B
Mary Doubt
1010 Steller Way
Kodiak, AK 99615
Ph: (907) 486-2470

Emerald Isle B & B
Tom & Trina Crimmins
1214 Madsen Street / PO Box 135
Kodiak, AK 99615
Ph: (907) 486-4427TF: (866) 399-4427

Smith Properties
1815 Mill Bay Rd
Kodiak, AK 99615
Ph: (907) 539-2746

A Downtown B & B
Michelle & Lee Robbins
208 East Rezanof Drive / PO Box 1426
Kodiak, AK 99615
Ph: (907) 486-2766 Cell: (907) 539-8866

Goldilocks B&B
Bronwyn Owen
3922 Woodland Dr
Kodiak, AK 99615
(907) 602-5220

The Whistle Buoy B&B
Keri & Charlie Freeburg
PO Box 8575
Kodiak, AK 99615
Ph: (907) 512-6268

A Kodiak Welcome B & B
Mike and Kathy Rostad
3570 Sean Circle / PO Box 1922
Ph: (907) 486-2908 Cell: (907) 654-0445

Guardian Landing
Tracey Martens
993 Hilltop Drive
Kodiak, AK 99615
Ph: (407) 703-3688

Kodiak Mountainside Retreat
Christian & Ryan Wright
10788 Birch Street
Ph: (907) 486-3474

Alaskan Isle B&B
Kathleen Dunbar
1477 Selief Ln
Kodiak, AK 99615
Ph: (907) 486-0809

Kodiak Russian River Lodge
Gus Gustafson
11322 S Russian Creek Rd / Po Box 4349
Kodiak, AK 99615
Ph: (907) 487-4430 Cell: (907) 942-7809

An Ocean Bay B&B
Rachael & Dale Nelson
420 West Rezanof Drive, Unit B
Kodiak, AK 99615
Ph: (907) 486-8315

LakeView Terrace
Jan Finlay
2426 Spruce Cape Road / PO Box 3107
Kodiak, AK 99615
Ph: (907) 486-5135 Fax: (866) 250-5135

Awesome Views B & B
Gina Peru-Friccero
PO Box 2187
Kodiak, AK 99615
Ph: (907)-486-5942

Mission Lake B & B
Randy & Paula Ensign
2350 Mission Road / PO Box 3133
Ph: (907) 486-3584 Cell: (907) 539-2350 or (907) 539-2984

Beachside Vacation Rental Beachside Rental House
Annie & Tony Jones
1421 Yanovsky Street / PO Box 402
Kodiak, AK 99615
Ph: (907) 486-4941 · Cell: (907) 539-6941

Mrs. Potts B & B
Beth Davis
223 Mill Bay Road
Kodiak, AK 99615
Cell: (907) 539-1414

  • More information coming soon!
Rick Lusk Director UASRC Rick Lusk (speaking September 14, 9:15 a.m.) is the Founder and Director of the UAS Research Center at Oak Ridge National Laboratory. With more than 30 years of professional experience, he is an expert in designing and planning integrated technology platforms and managing their creation and transformation into comprehensive, authoritative, and intuitive decision support systems.

Before joining the lab, Lusk designed and developed multiple complex strategic technology, operation, and marketing plans for multinational businesses and U.S. government agencies. These include designing the first global client-server network for imagery analysis, managing the first implementation of international VOIP for telecommunications, and identifying and linking the technologies and businesses that built WebTV. His career has ranged from working at the MIT Media Lab, to providing business solutions to customers such as Jack Nicklaus Golf, Gary Player and Bankrate, to representing United States interests abroad.

A former Marine Corps officer, Lusk holds a BS in communications from the University of Idaho and an MBA from Boston University. He is a graduate of the National Defense University Advanced Management Program and is a federally certified enterprise architect and chief information officer. Additionally, he holds certificates in International Management from Sanyo Leadership School in Japan and in International Terrorism Studies from the University of St. Andrews in Scotland.  Rick is also an ISO TAG member and UAS Expert for the USA, and has an FAA Remote Pilot Certificate with a small UAS rating.

Robert West Rob West (speaking September 13, noon) manages CoBank’s Infrastructure Banking Group, with responsibility for over $20 billion in loans to rural electric, water, communications and community facilities customers.  Mr. West is a member of CoBank’s Management Executive Committee and Senior Leadership Team.

Mr. West joined CoBank in February 1996 after six years with Shawmut National Bank of Hartford, Connecticut.  While at Shawmut, he served as director/team leader, managing more than $1.3 billion in commitments to the communications and media industries.

Mr. West has 32 years of commercial lending experience, including positions with Banque Indosuez in Chicago and Firstmark Financial in Indianapolis.  Mr. West’s lending background has covered a broad range of communications and media businesses, including rural LEC, cellular, paging, competitive access providers, facilities-based long-distance carriers, long-distance resellers, cable television providers, security monitoring companies, satellite-based communications, broadcasters, publishing and cable networks.

Mr. West graduated from Ball State University with a bachelor’s degree in business administration.

Scott Peterson As senior vice president of communications, Scott Peterson (speaking September 14, 6:15 p.m.) is responsible for the overall direction of NRECA’s public relations and branding, national media outreach, publications, audio visual, annual and regional meetings and special services.

Before joining NRECA, Scott was senior vice president for communications at the Nuclear Energy Institute and part of its executive leadership team from 2001-2016. He led the development of the industry’s communications and advocacy strategy, significantly improving the perception of nuclear energy among federal and state policymakers and opinion leaders.

In 2011, Scott directed an award-winning rapid response and sustained crisis communication strategy after the reactor accident in Fukushima, Japan. NEI received the Global SABRE Award for best global association public relations campaign and the Public Relations Society of America’s Silver Anvil for best crisis communications strategy in recognition of this work.

Before NEI, Scott was the communications manager at the American Nuclear Energy Council and handled media relations at Illinois Power. He also was a journalist for seven years at newspapers in three states.

Scott has a B.A. in journalism from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and completed the Reactor Technology Program for Utility Executives at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

S. Peterson Sheldon Petersen (speaking September 14, at noon) has been CFC’s Chief Executive Officer since March 1995.

He began his career in the rural electrification program in 1976 with Nishnabotna Valley REC in Harlan, Iowa. In November 1980, he became General Manager of Rock County ECA, Janesville, Wisconsin. He joined CFC in August

1983 as an Area Representative and provided financial management and consulting services to the states of Minnesota, Wisconsin, Montana and the Dakotas. Petersen serves as a director on the board of the Homestead Funds.

A native of western Iowa, he received his B.A. degree in marketing from the University of Northern Iowa in 1975.


Jeff LeaheyJeff Leahey (speaking September 15, 8:30 a.m.) joined National Hydropower Association in June 2002 and was promoted to his current position in November 2013. Jeff monitors legislative, regulatory and legal issues affecting the hydro industry and represents the association before Congress, FERC and the federal resource agencies. Jeff also provides staff support to NHA’s various committees and councils.

Jeff is an attorney, licensed to practice in Massachusetts





Laura VoLaura Vogelgel (speaking September 15, 8:30 a.m.)  is the Senior Advisor for NRECA Political Affairs. As a member of the Political Affairs team, she is responsible for developing programs to encourage Co-op member and staff engagement in political issues that matter to the Co-op family, and is currently the program lead for their voter initiative, Co-ops Vote. She is involved in NRECA’s political training programs, serving as an instructor for the Grassroots Course for co-op Directors. Laura also provides strategic input for annual Youth Tour activities.

Laura has worked on a number of successful advocacy programs for various organizations during her 15 years in Washington, DC. A Chicago native, she definitely believes 2016 is the year for her beloved Cubs, and takes every chance possible to eat deep dish pizza. She has a Master’s Degree in Political Management from George Washington University and a Bachelor’s Degree in History from Miami University in Oxford, Ohio. She currently resides in Alexandria, Virginia.