Alaska Power Association 2016 Annual Meeting

Cordova, Alaska
Cordova Center
Sept. 21-23, 2016
Alaska Power Association’s 65th Annual Meeting and ARECA Insurance Exchange Annual Meeting in beautiful Cordova, Alaska brings together APA’s statewide membership for three days of Associaiton business, General Sessions, speakers and networking.

APA and CEC will do our best to accommodate those who require transportation on an as needed  basis. If you need to be picked-up to be taken to either the Cordova Center or the airport, please call 907-253-5044.

Alaska Power Association Annual Meeting Host Utility


Power Plant Level Sponsor


ARECA Insurance Exchange Reception Sponsors




ARECA Educational Foundation Auction Sponsor


Lunch Sponsors



Breakfast Sponsors


NC Power SystemsKEA North


General Session Sponsors



Law offices of  Kemppel, Huffman and Ellis

Courtesy Transportation Sponsors


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Coffee Break Sponsors



Event Sponsors


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 Energy & Resource Economics

 Thomas A. Lovas

Alaska Power Association 65th Annual Meeting

and ARECA Insurance Exchange Annual Meeting

September 21-23, 2016, Cordova Center

Hosted by Cordova Electric Cooperative           

APA 65th Annual Meeting

Tuesday, September 20, 2016

1:30 p.m. – 4:30 p.m.             Power Creek Hydro Tour                                         Provided by CEC

(meet in Cordova Center Lower Parking Lot off Water Street)

6:30 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.              Welcome Reception                                                  Orca Adventure Lodge

Sponsored by Cordova Electric Cooperative


Wednesday, September 21, 2016 – Cordova Center

7:00 a.m. – 9:00 a.m.              Breakfast                                                                    Cordova Center, Foyer

Sponsored by NC Power Systems Co.

7:30 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.              Registration desk open                                             Cordova Center, Foyer

8:15 a.m. – 8:45 a.m.             Alaska Systems Coordinating Council                     Cordova Center, Rooms A & B

8:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.             NRECA Director Training                                         Cordova Center, Education Room

8:45 a.m. – 10:00 a.m.           ARECA Educational Foundation Meeting                Cordova Center, Rooms A & B

9:00 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.             Companion Tour                                                       Cordova Center Lower Parking Lot

10:00 a.m. – 10:30 a.m.          Break                                                                          Cordova Center, Foyer

Sponsored by McDowell, Rackner and Gibson

10:30 a.m. – 11:00 a.m.         AK 220 Shareholders Meeting                                 Cordova Center, Rooms A & B

11:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.         APA Managers Forum                                               Cordova Center, Rooms A & B


12:00 p.m. – 1:15 p.m.           Lunch                                                                         Cordova Center, Rooms A & B Keynote speakers:

First speaker: John Andrew Leman, Counsel, Kemppel, Huffman & Ellis

“Electric Utility Legal and Regulatory Update”

Second Speaker: Michael Shepard, CEO, Ruralite

“Five things you can do NOW to Improve Member Communications”

Sponsored by Barrow Utilities and Electric Cooperative, Inc.


1:30 p.m. – 2:30 p.m.              ARECA Training Council Meeting                            Cordova Center, Rooms A & B


2:30 p.m. – 3:00 p.m.              Break                                                                          Cordova Center, Foyer

Sponsored by BDO, LLC

3:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.              ARECA Insurance Exchange             Meeting                      Cordova Center, Rooms A & B

6:30 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.              ARECA Insurance Exchange Reception                   Reluctant Fisherman Hotel

                    Sponsored by Federated Rural Electric Insurance Exchange and Zurich North America


Thursday, September 22, 2016 – Cordova Center

7:00 a.m. – 9:00 a.m.              Breakfast                                                                    Cordova Center, Foyer

Sponsored by Kotzebue Electric Association


7:30 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.              Registration desk open                                             Cordova Center, Foyer

8:00 am – 10:00 am             APA General Session I                                                     Cordova Center Theater 

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 Clay Koplin, Cordova Electric Cooperative CEO

and Mayor of the City of Cordova


Welcome from representative of Native Village of Eyak (invited)


8:30 am – 9:15 a.m.               Ted Case, Author “Power Plays: The U.S. Presidency, Electric Cooperatives, and the Transformation of Rural America”

In honor of APA’s 65th Annual Meeting, Mr. Case, the Executive Director of the Oregon Rural Electric Cooperative Association, will present a historical overview of the political power of electric co-ops based on his book.


9:15 a.m. – 10:00 a.m.           National Legislative Issues Panel:

Moderator: Michael Rovito, APA Director of Member and Public Relations

Panelists: Jeff Leahey, Deputy Executive Director, National Hydropower Association

Laura Vogel, Senior Advisor, Political Affairs,

National Rural Electric Cooperative Association


10:00 am – 10:30 am             Break                                                                          Cordova Center

Sponsored by Copper Valley Electric Association


10:30 am – 12:00 pm          APA General Session II                                                  Cordova Center Theater Hall

Sponsored by Avista Corporation

10:30 am                                           Back to the Future

Clay Koplin, CEO, Cordova Electric Cooperative


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



Sponsored by National Rural Electric Cooperative Association

12:00 pm – 1:30 pm               Lunch                                                                         Cordova Center, Rooms A & B

Keynote speaker:                   Brock Taylor, Regional Vice President

                                                CoBank | Power, Energy and Utilities Division

                                                POWER PLANT LEVEL SPONSOR!


1:30 pm – 3:30 pm                 APA Board of Directors meeting                              Cordova Center, Rooms A & B


5:30 pm – 8:30 pm                APA Awards Banquet                                               Cordova Center, Rooms A & B

Keynote speaker:                  Sheldon Petersen, CEO and Governor

National Rural Utilities Cooperative Finance Corporation



8:30 pm – 9:30 pm                ARECA Educational Foundation Auction                Cordova Center, Rooms A & B

Sponsored by NPC Energy Services


Friday, September 23, 2016 – Cordova Center

7:00 am – 9:00 am                 Breakfast                                                                    Cordova Center, Foyer

7:30 am – 9:30 am                 Registration desk open                                             Cordova Center, Foyer

8:30 am – 10:00 am             APA General Session III                                                 Cordova Center Theater

Sponsored by the Law offices of Kemppel, Huffman and Ellis

8:30 a.m. – 9:05 a.m.              Dr. Peter Larsen – Author: Sustainable Energy Solutions for Rural Alaska

Mr. Larsen is a Research Scientist in the Electricity Markets and Policy Group at the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory


9:10 a.m. – 10:00 a.m.           Railbelt Transmission Unification Update

Moderator:     Crystal Enkvist, APA Executive Director

Participants:  Tony Izzo, General Manager, Matanuska Electric Association

Cory Borgeson, President and CEO, Golden Valley Electric Association

Brad Janorschke, General Manager, Homer Electric Association


10:00 am – 10:30 am             Break                                                                          Cordova Center

Sponsored by Ruralite Services, Inc.


10:30 am – 11:30 am          APA General Session IV                                                 Cordova Center Theater

10:30 a.m. to 11 a.m.             Marvin Yoder, Director, Matanuska Electric Association

Author: The Galena Nuclear Project


11:00 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.        Mel (Hutch) Hutchison, Director of Loss Control, ARECA Insurance Exchange

Lead with Safety


11:30 am – 1:00 pm              Membership Networking Lunch                              Cordova 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
Reluctant Fisherman
407 Railroad Ave.
Prince William Motel
501 2nd St.
Orca Adventure Lodge
2500 Orca Rd
Other Hotels in Cordova
Alaskan Hotel & Bar
600 1st Street
Northern Nights Inn
500 3rd Rd
Cordova Rose Lodge
1315 Whiteshed Rd
Bear Country Lodge
Mile 5 Loop Rd
Laura’s Suites
608 1st St.
Robe Lake Lodge
5325 Lakeview Dr. 
Cordova Lighthouse Inn
212 Nicholoff Way 
Bear’s Den Cabins
Copper River Hwy
Cordova Hotel & Bar
604 1st St
Cordova Comfort B&B
609 Cedar St. 
Ted-CaseTed Case is the Executive Director of the Oregon Rural Electric Cooperative Association. A native Oregonian, Ted spent 20 years in Washington D.C., including stints as Staff Director of the House Water and Power Subcommittee that oversees the Bonneville Power Administration. He also served 12 years with the National Rural Electric Cooperative Association and was the Legislative Director of the Government Relations Department for five years. Ted is a graduate of Pacific Lutheran University and has a Masters in fiction writing from Johns Hopkins University. He and his wife Nicole have two children, Malia and Jack. He is recently the author of Power Plays, a book about the history of electric cooperatives and the U.S. Presidency. For more information, visit his website.


Dr. Peter Larsen is a Research Scientist in the Electricity Markets and Policy Group at the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory. Peter conducts research and analysis on electricity reliability and resiliency, energy efficiency, and regional electric system planning including: energy services company industry trends; utility resource planning practices and trends; Western electricity and natural gas markets; societal impacts from abnormal weather; and the reliability of the U.S. power system. Previously, Peter worked at the Institute of Social and Economic Research in Anchorage, Alaska, the Societal Impacts Program at the National Center for Atmospheric Research, and Stratus Consulting (now Abt Associates).  Peter holds a Ph.D. in Management Science and Engineering from Stanford University; M.S. degrees from Stanford University (Management Science and Engineering) and Cornell University (Natural Resource Economics); and a B.A. in Economics from the University of Montana at Missoulad.


Jeff LeaheyJeff Leahey 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 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.