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MPUA Annual Conference

The MPUA annual conference will focus on what utilities need to have in place for an ever-changing industry. The presentations will give you tips on how to reassess your plans so the different aspects of utility service can seamlessly work together down the road. By taking a holistic approach, all utilities can continue being responsive to their community’s needs while providing reliable and affordable service. We're looking forward to seeing you on September 25-27.

Registration Form for Attendees

Hilton hotel registration link (reserve by 9/6 for MPUA room rate)

Conference Schedule at a glance

Full Conference Brochure

 Location of conference: Branson Convention Center200 S Sycamore St, Branson, MO 65616


Featured Presentation Topics

Municipal Utilities Moving Forward
Discover new trends, technologies, and customer expectations for the electric industry that can also be applied to any utility. Patricia Taylor with the American Public Power Association will review how to create a road map for the future by taking a holistic approach. Integrating new technologies that align with customer expectations will give your utilities the building blocks for a new utility era.

Presenter: Patricia Taylor, Manager of Regulatory Policy and Business Programs, American Public Power Association

Voices of Experience: Leveraging AMI Networks & Data
The original business cases for implementing an advanced metering infrastructure (AMI) typically focused on the cost savings from avoided truck rolls and the end of manual meter reading. Now personnel throughout all the utilities are digging into the data, pairing it with other data, gaining insights, and making data-driven decisions. This granular data can make your operations more efficient and enable a fundamental shift in customer interactions. The speaker from the National Renewable Energy Laboratory will discuss this recently published report funded by the U.S. Department of Energy.

Presenter: Sonja Berdahl, Senior Project Manager, Integrated Applications Center of the National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL)

Medical Marijuana’s Impact on the Utility Industry
What is the impact on electric, water, and wastewater utilities with Missouri’s recent passage of medical marijuana? Learn more from our Arkansas neighbor on how the industry has progressed there. Attorney, Walter Wright, will provide an overview of both cultivation and manufacturing facilities and what utility providers can expect from these commercial customers. 

Presenter: Walter Wright, Jr., Member, Mitchell, Williams, Selig, Gates & Woodyard

State Legislative Panel
This panel moderated by MPUA Legislative Committee Chair, Kyle McClure with City Utilities of Springfield, will include Senator Ed Emery from District 31 and Representative Bromley from District 162. Get the latest on the legislative path in our state and trends we are likely to see in the future.

Easiest Catch: Don’t Be Another Fish in the Dark Web 

You've read the headlines. Unfortunately, the question now is not if your information is going to be accessed or stolen, but when. Attendees will hear from Kyle Loven of Computer Forensic Services about the current developments in the digital underground and realistic advice for cyber protection. Discussion will include recent high-profile cybercrime events, including website breaches impacting government agencies. Loven will discuss particularly dangerous types of threats that might affect individuals involving the Dark Web, the Internet of Things, phishing, and Wi-Fi attacks.

Presenter: Kyle Loven, National Director, Computer Forensic Services

Computer Forensic Services Speaker Sponsor       


Environmental Regulations: Hitting the Brake or Gas Pedal?
Which way is the wind blowing with future environmental laws that will impact electric/water/wastewater utilities? Hear from environmental law experts about the trends they are seeing and how utilities can be prepared. Lacey Hirschvogel, Environmental & Public Policy Manager with MPUA, will be moderating discussions about air, water, and wastewater regulations with Aimee Davenport, Partner, Stinson law firm and Darcy Bybee, Director of Air Pollution Control Program, Department of Natural Resources.

Be Prepared for an Active Shooter 
Utility workers are used to preparing for and responding to emergencies. Many times, the plans aren’t needed but when you do need them, you’re happy they are in place. Gain special insights into active shooter situations and how to be best prepared from an agent with the FBI.  

Presenter: Troy Murdock, Supervisory Senior Resident Agent, FBI


EXHIBITORS: Looking for utility products and services? Visit our vendors in the Exhibit Hall located in the Taneycomo Ballroom. Download the Exhibit Hall map.


NETWORKING: Find new solutions through our fun networking opportunities.

Wednesday: golf or trap shooting (only attending one of these? download golf/trap registration form)

A portion of golf and trap proceeds are donated to the 10-33 Benevolent Fund – a 501c3 charity assisting survivors of public employees who have died in the line of duty.

Wednesday evening: opening reception
Thursday awards luncheon: honoring outstanding member utilities and their employees
Thursday night: a fun activity and mingling with your peers




Wednesday, September 25

·       Golf or Trap Shooting

·       RTO Committee Meeting

·       Water Council Meeting

·       Vendor Expo

·       Opening Reception

Thursday, September 26

·       JOC/Executive Committee and Member Services Meetings

·       Conference Sessions

·       Alliance Awards Luncheon

·       Dinner and entertainment

Friday, September 27

·       Board of Directors and Power Pool Meetings


Future Conference Dates

  • 2020: September 30-October 1 at St. Charles Convention Center in St. Charles, Missouri
  • 2021: October 6-8 at Margaritaville Lake Resort in Osage Beach, Missouri


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