Event Profile

NWPPA Annual Conference & Membership Meeting

May 19 — 22, 2019
Hyatt Regency Sacramento
1209 L" Street"
Sacramento, CA 95814 
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This event has a fee



Who Should Attend:

Utility general managers, CEOs, assistant managers, and other senior utility leaders; utility board directors, commissioners, and council members; associate members; and trade association heads.

Related Events:

Annual Meeting Pre-conference Class: 956.1 Crucial Conversations in the Boardroom, May 20, 2019

Annual Meeting Pre-conference Class: 958.1 Succession Planning - Developing the Purpose-Driven Organization, May 20, 2019

NWPPA Annual Meeting EV Showcase, May 19, 2019

Conference Overview:

Shifts happen, and they are happening all around us. We see shifts with consumers, in workforce, in technology, and  in the environment. Don’t miss this learning and networking opportunity where outstanding speakers, panels, experts, and your peers will discuss best practices for balancing these shifts.

Annual meeting pre-conference classes will be held in conjunction with this event.

Conference Agenda:

    Sunday, May 19

    9 a.m. 5k Fun Run/Walk

      No registration required. Participants should meet in the hotel lobby at 9 a.m.

    2-5 p.m. Electric and Autonomous Vehicle Expo

      Hosted by Platinum Sponsor EES Consulting

    5:30–7 p.m. Informal welcome reception

      Hosted by Platinum Sponsor EES Consulting

    Monday, May 20

    7:30 a.m.–4 p.m. Conference registration

    7:30 a.m.–8:30 a.m. Pre-conference class registration

    7:30–8:30 a.m. Pre-conference workshop attendees and Government Relations Committee continental breakfast

    8:30–11:30 a.m. Government Relations Committee Meeting

      (No registration required)

      Presiding: Dave Kelsey, Yellowstone Valley Electric Cooperative (Huntley, Mont.)

      All NWPPA members are encouraged to participate in the Government Relations Committee meeting. Attendees will receive updates on legislative and regulatory issues that are before Congress and the administration. Additionally, members will have the opportunity to review the 2019 proposed resolutions before they are brought before the general membership for adoption at the Annual Business Meeting.

    8:30 a.m.–4:30 p.m. Pre-conference class: 956.1 Crucial Conversations in the Boardroom

      Instructor: Mary McLaury, NRECA

      This highly interactive one-day course teaches skills for creating alignment and agreement in the boardroom by fostering open dialogue around highstakes, emotional, or risky topics that electric cooperative directors face in this industry. Using real world co-op examples, directors will practice speaking for clarity and purpose; encourage others to do the same; and analyze the best ideas to make the highest-quality decisions with the goal of acting on issues with unity and commitment.

      Separate registration required. Lunch, along with morning and afternoon breaks, will be provided for pre-conference attendees. This course is eligible for NRECA Board Leadership credit.

    8:30 a.m.–4:30 p.m. Pre-conference class: 958.1 Succession Planning – Developing the Purpose-Driven Organization

      Instructor: Bob Patton, NRECA

      Board, CEO, and staff succession planning are essential to ensuring tomorrow’s purpose-driven organization because personnel change is inevitable in every organization. Often, such change can be challenging, especially when vacancies occur in leadership positions. This course focuses on the board’s responsibility and role in ensuring that the cooperative has a succession plan in place for the CEO and its overall leadership. Patton will also discuss the board’s role in ensuring that the CEO has a process in place to ensure ongoing development of the organization’s workforce potential and a plan to ensure leadership continuity and quality.

      Separate registration required. Lunch, along with morning and afternoon breaks, will be provided for pre-conference attendees. This course is eligible for NRECA Board Leadership credit.

    Tuesday, May 21

    7 a.m.–4 p.m. Registration open

    7–8 a.m. Continental breakfast and exhibits

      Hosted by Silver Sponsor SEDC

    8–10 a.m. Spouse/companion hospitality room

      Hosted by Laurel Egbert and Debbie Rogers

    8:30–10 a.m. NWPPA Annual Conference Opening Session

      President’s welcome

      F. Scott Egbert, 2018-2019 NWPPA Board President, Board President, Wells Rural Electric Cooperative (Wells, Nev.)


      Harry Hewitt, Board Member, Tillamook PUD (Tillamook, Ore.)

      Welcome to Sacramento, Calif.

      Arlen Orchard, CEO & General Manager, Sacramento Municipal Utility District (Sacramento, Calif.); and Congresswoman Doris Matsui (D-Calif.)

      Keynote address: Shifting Customers

      Speaker: Craig Boice, Co-founder, The Boice Dunham Group (New York City, N.Y.)

      It’s a shift and it’s a balance to engage customers. But what do they want and how do they want it? How much do you need to shift your thinking from where you are today to where they will be tomorrow? Boice will discuss what we know, or what we knew, and how utilities may be losing or gaining ground with consumers.

    10–10:30 a.m. Break and exhibits

      Hosted by Bronze Sponsor Energy Northwest

    10:30–11:40 a.m. Shifting Technology

      Speakers: John Roukema, Retired Chief Electric Utility Officer, City of Santa Clara (Santa Clara, Calif.); and Rick Kubin, Founder, Grid Democracy (San Francisco, Calif.)

      Many utilities got a wakeup call with bitcoin, but there are many other uses for blockchain, the technology platform. Silicon Valley Power is on it! Come to this session to hear how they are using blockchain and what other utilities are doing that may shift your thinking about the value and power blockchain can bring to utility data, tracking, and reporting of transactions.

    11:45 a.m–1:45 p.m. NWPPA Annual Business Meeting and lunch

      Hosted by Bronze Sponsors The Energy Authority and Professional Computer Systems

    2–2:20 p.m. Shifting Media: How Not to Become YouTube Famous

      Speaker: Ryan Hall, Communications Director, Montana Electric Cooperatives’ Association (Great Falls, Mont.)

    2:20–3:10 p.m. Shifting Landscape

      Speakers: Doug Toomey, Professor of Geophysics, University of Oregon (Eugene, Ore.); and Jeff Johnson, Chief (Ret.) CEO - Western Fire Chiefs Association

      The landscape is shifting for wildfire protection beyond routine vegetation management. Early alerts, rapid response, reliability, and safety are key areas of focus to maintain or regain balance when these events occur. Learn more about how humans may be able to create a sense of balance in contending with nature.

    3:10–3:30 p.m. Break and exhibits

      Hosted by Bronze Sponsor Piper Jaffray

    3:30–4:30 p.m. Shifting Gears

      Panelists: Thor Hinckley, Senior Program Manager, Forth Mobility (Portland, Ore.); Bill Boyce, Manager, Electric Transportation, Sacramento Municipal Utility District (Sacramento, Calif.); and Rob Barrosa, Director Utility Strategies and Operations, Electrify America

      EVs to AVs continue to accelerate the growth in electric transportation and installation of infrastructure. Panelists will share balancing strategies for investment, partnerships, visibility, and consumer use.

    4:30 p.m. Door-prize drawing (must be present to win)

    5:30–7:30 p.m. NWPPA Welcome Reception

      Hosted by Platinum Sponsor CoBank

    Other meetings on Tuesday afternoon

    4:45–6 p.m. Energy Northwest Participants Review Board (Energy Northwest participants only)

    4:45–6 p.m. NISC Reception (open to all)

    Other meetings on Wednesday morning

    7–8:15 a.m. Northwest Requirements Utilities (NRU) breakfast meeting (NRU members only)

    Wednesday, May 22

    7:30 a.m.–4 p.m. Registration open

    7:30–8:30 a.m. Continental breakfast and exhibits

      Hosted by Bronze Sponsors Shell Trading and DVI GridSolutions

    8–10 a.m. Spouse/companion hospitality room

      Hosted by Laurel Egbert and Debbie Rogers

    8:30–9:10 a.m. Shifting Resources

      Speaker: Brian Flanagan, Digital Experience Strategist, Perficient (St. Louis, Mo.)

      Resources are constantly shifting as new technology emerges, and how we use and respond to those changes are a true balancing act. Hear more about the shift in consumer engagement around those resources; how it impacts utility resource strategies and consumer expectations; and what balance you may find through using these data-consumer driven strategies.

    9:10–9:30 a.m. Shifting Strategies

      Speaker: Rachel Huang, Director of Energy Strategy, R&D, Sacramento Municipal Utility District (Sacramento, Calif.)

    9:30–10:15 a.m. Shifting Focus

      Speaker: Brian Murrell, Partner, US Power & Utilities Leader, Deloitte and Touche, LLC (San Diego, Calif.)

      Shift happens and a new normal emerges. The way utilities and consumers experience electric service shifts. Hear Deloitte’s perspective on what the new normal just might look like.

    10:15–10:45 a.m. Break and exhibits

      Hosted by Bronze Sponsor CRC, Inc.

    10:45–11:40 a.m. Shifting Thinking

      Speaker: Yoav Lurie, CEO and Founder, Simple Energy (Boulder, Colo.)

      There are deep shifts in consumers’ behavior and utilities’ response through marketplace. Over 60 million consumers in the U.S. have access to a utility sponsored marketplace. Find out more.

    11:45 a.m.–1:30 p.m. NWPPA Awards Luncheon

      NWPPA acknowledges your peers and honors those who have led the way.

      Hosted by Diamond Sponsor NISC

    1:45–3 p.m. CEO Panel

      Moderator: Michelle Bertolino, General Manager, Roseville Electric Utility (Roseville, Calif.)

      Panelists: Mark Hayden, General Manager, Missoula Electric Cooperative (Missoula, Mont.); Meera Kohler, President & CEO, Alaska Village Electric Cooperative (Anchorage, Alaska); Frank Lawson, General Manager, Eugene Water and Electric Board (Eugene, Ore.); and Debra Smith, CEO & General Manager, Seattle City Light (Seattle, Wash)

      Always filled with interesting perspectives the CEOs will share their own experiences as shift happens.

    3–4 p.m. Shifting Cultures

      Speaker: Sarah Sladek, Speaker, Author, CEO, XYZ University (Maple Grove, Minn.)

      Older and newer generations can balance the past and the future with innovation that leads toward new solutions by shifts in collaborative thinking.

    4:15 p.m. Door-prize drawing (must be present to win.)

    5–6 p.m. President’s Reception honoring F. Scott Egbert

      Hosted by Gold Sponsor Powerex

    6–9 p.m. Annual banquet and entertainment

      Presiding: Ron Holmes, 2019-2020 NWPPA Board President, Board Member, Wasco Electric Cooperative (The Dalles, Ore.)

Conference Schedule:

The conference will be held May 19-22, 2019; the NWPPA Annual Business meeting will be held on May 21.

Conference Location & Hotel Information:

Hyatt Regency Sacramento
1209 L Street
Sacramento, CA 95814
(916) 443-1234

Room rate: $182/night

Please book your room as soon as possible, but no later than April 26, 2019, to secure this rate. Mention that you are coming in with the NWPPA group when booking your reservation. Or use this link to book online:https://www.hyatt.com/en-US/group-booking/SACRA/G-NWP2

Conference Fees:

Member Early Bird (ends 4/18/2019): $750
Member Standard: $825

Non-member Early Bird (ends 4/18/2019): $2,200
Non-member Standard: $2,275

For spouse/companion registration, please contact Gail Patterson at gail@nwppa.org or (360) 816-1450.

Cancellation Policy:

Cancellations are accepted, with full refund, if request is made at least 30 days prior to the course. Within 30 days, fees are as follows: 15-29 days, $100; 1-14 days or "no show," 100 percent of registration fee. When possible, please send a substitute instead of canceling. NWPPA does not charge a fee for substitutions.

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