Event Profile

Engineering & Operations Conference and Trade Show - POSTPONED

Date(s):
April 7 — 9, 2020
Venue:
Reno Ballroom
401 North Center Street
Reno, NV 89501 
Website:
https://www.nwppa.org/eo
Fee(s):
This event has a fee
Description:

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NOTE:

THE EVENT DATE HAS PASSED. TO FIND INFORMATION FOR THE CURRENT YEAR, PLEASE VISIT THE TRAINING AND EVENT CATALOG OR CALL US AT (360) 254-0109.


Note:

NWPPA’s primary consideration will always be the safety of our members and staff. As a training organization, we also strive to involve our broadest membership in our events. We have been closely monitoring both the status of public health concerns and the increasing travel restrictions at our member utilities; as a result the 2020 Engineering & Operations Conference and Trade Show scheduled for April 7-9 in Reno, Nev., has been postponed with the intention to reschedule the event in whole or in part later in the year.

We will distribute more information as soon as possible. Those who are registered for the event will receive refund information via email from NWPPA but will need to cancel their own hotel and travel reservations.


Who Should Attend:

Electric utility engineering and operations personnel, as well as those in information technology, safety, purchasing, environmental, accounting, communications, or any area where a more in-depth knowledge of engineering and operations would be beneficial.

Conference Overview:

The largest gathering of public power utilities in the Northwest is set to take place in Reno, Nev., on April 7-9, 2020. The Engineering & Operations Conference and Trade Show is the premier event for utilities and vendors alike.

    Trade show—Over 200 exhibitors will be showcasing their latest products, innovations, and technologies.

    Conferences—In addition to renowned keynote speakers, roundtable discussions, and executive panels, nearly 30 different sessions will be presented.

    Networking—As the energy industry constantly changes, it is essential to establish relationships and build valuable connections with colleagues.

Exhibitors:

Please see the Exhibitor Packet, or contact Janet Denman at (360) 816-1443 or janet@nwppa.org for details.

Conference Agenda:

Click here to view a PDF of the conference program.

Locations:

Conference Location:
Reno Ballroom
401 North Center Street
Reno, NV 89501

Trade Show Location:
Reno Events Center
400 North Center Street
Reno, NV 89501

Hotel Information:

Silver Legacy Resort Casino
407 North Virginia Street
Reno, NV 89501
(800) 687-8733

Room rate: $65 for a single/double during the midweek (Sun-Thu) or $119 during the weekend (Fri-Sat)

Please book your room as soon as possible, but no later than March 20, 2020, to secure this rate. Use Group Code NWPPA20 when booking your reservation. Or book online with the following link: https://book.passkey.com/go/NWPPA20

NWPPA Hotel Reservation & Cancellation Policy:

All room reservations require full payment for all reserved nights at the time you reserve your room.

If you cancel or wish to reduce your hotel reservation, the following applies:

  1. Before March 20, you will be refunded all but one night’s payment.
  2. After March 20, no refunds will be given.

In light of the hotel reservation and cancellation policy, designed to allow the maximum use of the Silver Legacy Hotel, please register for the NWPPA E&O Conference and Trade Show before you reserve a room. Please do not reserve extra rooms or blocks of rooms for colleagues that are not registered or whom may potentially attend as this reduces availability for registered attendees. Please book only rooms that you will actually use.

If you have any questions, please call NWPPA at (360) 254-0109 and ask for help with hotel policies.

Conference Fees:

Member Early Bird (ends 3/07/2020): $615
Member Standard: $690

Non-member Early Bird (ends 3/07/2020): $1,845
Non-member Standard: $1,920

Spouse/Guest (includes all events and meals): $175

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

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.

Continuing Hours:

This conference qualifies for 18 continuing hours. Certificates are issued upon full completion of the conference.

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Reno Ballroom

For More Information:

To find out more about this course, to register, or to learn about other events, view the Training and Event Catalog.

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  • 8:00 am - 11:00 AM Engineering Roundtable
    Type: Round Table

    Short description is not available at this time...

  • 8:00 am - 11:00 AM Lineworker's Roundtable
    Type: Round Table

    Short description is not available at this time...

  • 8:00 am - 11:00 am Supply Chain Roundtable
    Type: Round Table

    Short description is not available at this time...

  • 1:00 PM - 3:15 PM Opening Welcome, Safety Award Presentation, Keynote Speaker
    Type: General Session

    Short description is not available at this time...

  • 3:30 PM - 6:30 PM Grand opening of the exhibits and reception
    Type: Exhibits (free time)

    Short description is not available at this time...

  • 7:30 AM - 8:30 AM New Technology Showcase with continental breakfast
    Type: Attendee Activity

    Short description is not available at this time...

  • 8:40 AM - 9:50 AM CEO / GM Panel
    Type: General Session

    Short description is not available at this time...

  • 10:00 AM - 10:50 AM BPA - Transmission Planning in the Northwest
    Type: Breakout Session

    Short description is not available at this time...

  • 10:00 am - 10:50 am Recovering from "Snowpacolypse"
    Type: Breakout Session

    Short description is not available at this time...

  • 10:00 am - 10:50 am When IT and OT Worlds Collide with SCADA
    Type: Breakout Session

    Short description is not available at this time...

  • 11:00 AM - 1:50 PM Exhibits open with lunch
    Type: Exhibits (free time)

    Short description is not available at this time...

  • 2:00 pm - 2:50 pm Bringing Light to the World - Making a Difference in Guatemala
    Type: Breakout Session

    Short description is not available at this time...

  • 2:00 pm - 2:50 pm Communicating with Your Crews
    Type: Breakout Session

    Short description is not available at this time...

  • 2:00 pm - 2:50 pm How Not to Become YouTube Famous!
    Type: Breakout Session

    Short description is not available at this time...

  • 3:00 pm - 3:50 pm Clean Energy: The Latest Regulations for Utilities
    Type: Breakout Session

    Short description is not available at this time...

  • 3:00 pm - 3:50 pm Transforming AMI - A View into Replacement and Analytics
    Type: Breakout Session

    Short description is not available at this time...

  • 3:00 pm - 3:50 pm Winning Strategies for Solar and Battery Storage: A Win-Win for Utilities and Customers
    Type: Breakout Session

    Short description is not available at this time...

  • 4:00 pm - 4:50 pm Critical Systems Failure: A Case Study
    Type: Breakout Session

    Short description is not available at this time...

  • 4:00 pm - 4:50 pm Electrical Workers Without Borders
    Type: Breakout Session

    Short description is not available at this time...

  • 4:00 pm - 4:50 pm We See the Darndest Things!
    Type: Breakout Session

    Short description is not available at this time...

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Aaron Ames
Organization: POWER Engineers, Inc.

Nolan Ball
Organization: Praece

Angel Barahona-Sanchez
Organization: Grant Co. PUD


Angel Barahona-Sanchez joined the Grant PUD Engineering team in 2008. He filled multiple roles in his career as project manager, engineer and engineering supervisor. Angel currently support key projects as a senior engineer and mentor. Before joining Grant PUD, Angel served in the United States Marine Corps between 1998 and 2002. Angel received a B.S. in Electrical Engineering from Washington State University in December 2007.


Phil Bigler
Organization: Douglas Electric Cooperative, Inc.


Phil Bigler is the Assistant General Manager for Douglas Electric Cooperative, headquartered in Roseburg, Oregon. Douglas Electric covers approximately 2,200 square miles of heavily forested mountainous terrain, providing service to nearly 10,000 meters. Although relatively new to the industry and the cooperative business model, Phil has an extensive background in information technology, business management, and business analysis.


Brent Bischoff
Organization: PNGC Power (Pacific Northwest Generating Cooperative)


Roger Meader served as General Manager/CEO of Coos-Curry Electric Cooperative from 2006 thru 2019. He served as Okanogan County Electric Cooperatives General Manager from 1996 thru 2006. And was Blachly-Lane Electric Cooperatives Engineering and Operations Manager from 1979 thru 1996. He has an Electrical Engineering degree from Washington State University. He and his wife, Kathleen, retired in 2019 and live in Payette, Idaho.


Robert Casaubon
Organization: Northern Wasco Co. PUD

John DeBoer
Organization: Kootenai Electric Cooperative, Inc.

Kierstan DeLong
Organization: Edelman

KC Fagen
Organization: Tillamook People's Utility District


KC Fagen joined R. W. Beck in 1990 and worked as a consultant for 25 years before joining Tillamook PUD in 2016. His experience includes system planning, voltage optimization, controls and protection, and T&D design. The work has taken him to the US Virgin Islands, Kodiak Island, American Samoa, Guam and Hawaii.


Rob Ferrera
Organization: Sacramento Municipal Utility District

Linda Giovannoni
Organization: Sacramento Municipal Utility District

Ryan Hall
Organization: Montana Electric Cooperatives' Association

Brady Hansen
Organization: Written in Red


A native of South Dakota, Brady Hansen worked his way west doing telecommunications work and later joined the IBEW in Local 89 in Seattle. He achieved Journeyman Lineman status in 2006. As a Journeyman Lineman he worked for Potelco, Wilson Construction, and BPA before accepting a position as a Journeyman Lineman with Avista Utilities. In 2018, he started a training business, Written In Red Inc. and working for Safeguard Equipment.


Dr Leon Kempner, Jr
Organization: Bonneville Power Administration


Leon Kempner Jr. is the Principal Structural Engineer for Bonneville Power Administration. He has 46 years of experience performing structural analysis, design, assessment, and research of transmission and substation facilities. He is a member of standards IEEE-693, -1527, ASCE-10, -48 and ASCE’s Manuals 74, and 113. Leon is a member of NESC SC5 Loadings and Strength subcommittee. He participates in the National Institute of Standards and Technology Lifeline Resiliency efforts.


Ed Kochanek
Organization: FLIR Systems

Gerald Mankins
Organization: Sacramento Municipal Utility District

Clark McIsaac
Organization: Snohomish County PUD No. 1


Clark McIsaac is the State Government & External Affairs Associate at Snohomish County Public Utility District. He was born and raised in California, is a banana slug alum (University of California, Santa Cruz…), and a relatively recent Washingtonian. His career has centered on driving collaborative results in public processes at municipal, county, and state levels of government.


Mr Michael Meeks
Organization: Sacramento Municipal Utility District

Joe Murphy
Organization: Open Systems International (OSI)

Daniel Niehenke
Organization: Grant Co. PUD


Dan joined the Grant PUD Engineering team in 2015, where he has worked on a variety of projects. He currently leads the design of their new substation protection and SCADA system. Prior to Grant PUD, Dan worked at Bonneville Power Administration in the System Protection and Control group developing relay settings and supporting testing and commissioning activities. Dan received a B.S. in Electrical Engineering from Eastern Washington University in 2010.