Event Profile

NWPPA Annual Conference & Membership Meeting

May 20 — 23, 2018
Boise Centre
850 W. Front St.
Boise, ID 83702 
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The pre-registration is currently closed. If you would like to attend this event, please come to the NWPPA registration desk at the hotel, and our onsite coordinator will be happy to help you.

Who Should Attend:

Utility managers, assistant managers, senior staff, power supply managers, utility board, commissioners/council members, associate members, and trade association heads.

Related Events:

NWPPA Annual Meeting Golf Tournament, May 20, 2018

Annual Meeting Preconference Class: Introduction to Robert's Rules of Order, May 21, 2018

Annual Meeting Preconference Class: 955.1 Your Board's Culture - Its Impact on Effectiveness, May 21, 2018

Conference Overview:

NWPPA will host its 78th annual conference and membership meeting in Boise, Idaho. From EVs to microgrids and cyber risks to organizational shifts, our speakers and panelists will illuminate the future with their ideas, experiences, and expertise. The annual meeting golf tournament as well as preconference classes will be held in conjunction with this event.

Conference Program

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Conference Agenda:

    Sunday, May 20


    8:30 a.m. Golf tournament at Warm Springs Golf Course (shotgun start)

      Hosted by Platinum Sponsor EES Consulting

    10 a.m. 5k Fun Run/Walk along downtown Greenbelt

      No registration required.

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

      Hosted by Platinum Sponsor EES Consulting

    Monday, May 21


    7:30 a.m.–4 p.m. Conference and preconference class registration

    7:30–8:30 a.m. Continental breakfast for preconference workshop attendees and Government Relations Committee

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

      (No registration required)

      Presiding: Ann Congdon, Commissioner, Chelan County PUD

      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 2018 proposed resolutions before they are brought before the general membership for adoption at the Annual Business Meeting.

    8:30 a.m.–4 p.m. Preconference class: Introduction to Robert’s Rules of Order

      Instructor: Ann MacFarlane, Jurassic Parliament

      In this highly interactive and entertaining day-long class, attendees will learn the essential principles and practice the tools and techniques to use Robert’s Rules well to run smooth, efficient, and fair meetings.

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

    8:30 a.m.–4 p.m. Preconference class: 955.1 Your Board’s Culture: Its Impact on Effectiveness

      Instructor: Kevin Sump, Creative Management Solutions

      This course will explain the concept of boardroom culture through an examination of real board case studies. It will also cover the importance of directors understanding and monitoring their own boardroom culture.

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

    Tuesday, May 22


    7 a.m.–4 p.m. Registration open

    7–8 a.m. Continental breakfast and exhibits

      Hosted by Silver Sponsor Cooperative Finance Corporation

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

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

      President’s welcome

      Steven Taylor, 2017–2018 NWPPA Board President, General Manager, Mason County PUD No. 1


      Harry Hewitt, Board Member, Tillamook PUD

      Welcome to Idaho

      Mayor Rebecca Casper, Idaho Falls

      Congressman Mike Simpson, Idaho’s 2nd Congressional district

      Keynote address

      Speaker: Mark Mills, Tech Pundit and Optimist

      Ever wonder how history and the future converge? We’re kicking off the conference with a provocative perspective on where we’ve been with some enlightening inspiration as we ride the wave of significant change in technology, energy, workforce, and world affairs.

    10–10:30 a.m. Break and exhibits

      Hosted by Gold Sponsor NISC

    10:30–11:30 a.m. Transportation—Gas to Grid: Moving Today and Tomorrow

      Speakers: Arlen Orchard, General Manager and CEO, Sacramento Municipal Utility District; Tommy Wolff, General Manager, Columbia Basin Electric Cooperative; and Garrett Fitzgerald, Manager, Mobility Transformation, Rocky Mountain Institute

      Gas to grid is more than a study. It starts with transportation leadership councils and those that just “do it.” Get a charge out of EVs and EV infrastructure at this session.

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

    2–2:20 p.m. More Powerful Together—Your Show and Tell

      Speaker: Anita Decker, Executive Director, NWPPA

      We won't tell you, we'll show you! At this short session, Decker will show you ways members are engaging their members/consumers in being More Powerful Together.

    2:20–3:10 p.m. Public Power Lite

      Speakers: Gary Saleba, President, EES Consulting; and Randy Howard, General Manager, Northern California Power Agency

      Community choice aggregators (CCAs) have been described as “public power lite;” they are not a full-service utility, but they are certainly buying power and changing the landscape for consumers. Could this trend move into other states? Learn more about what a CCA is and why this business model is growing as a public power interest.

    3:10–3:30 p.m. Break and exhibits

      Hosted by Bronze Sponsor Senstar

    3:30–4:30 p.m. Resilience is More Than a 10-Letter Word

      Speaker: Rob Roys, Microgrid Regional Optics Manager, ABB

      In Alaska, electric system resilience can mean survival; it is where microgrids have long existed, yet continue to evolve through newer technologies. In the lower 48, system resilience has been lights out for a day or lights out for…Enter system resilience through micro-grids.

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

    5:45–7:15 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 attendees)

    Wednesday, May 23


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

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

      Hosted by Bronze Sponsor Cooperative Response Center

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

    8:30–9:30 a.m. Partnering for the Future

      Speaker: Adrian Tuck, CEO, Tendril

      Tuck will provide perspective on ways utilities can leverage technology and partnerships to add value for both the utility and customer. He will focus on utilities taking swift steps to prepare for a new era of competition and heightened customer expectations.

    9:30–9:45 a.m. Stretch break

    9:45–10:25 a.m. A Battery Sans Wind or Solar

      Speaker: Carlos Gonzales, Senior Manager of Global Business Development, Tesla

      We tend to think about a battery storing excess wind or solar generation. But what’s the business case for stand-alone batteries at the residential level? Gonzales will present how one utility-battery partnership is shining a different light on home storage.

    10:25-10:40 a.m. A Northwest Battery Pilot

      Speaker: Mark Johnson, General Manager, Flathead Electric Cooperative

    10:40–11 a.m. Break and exhibits

      Hosted by Silver Sponsor Energy Northwest

    11–11:45 a.m. Cyber Innovation

      Speaker: Daniel Elmore, Director, Critical Infrastructure Security & Resilience, National & Homeland Security, Idaho National Laboratory

      The rapid integration of digital automation technology has eclipsed methods to identify and mitigate cyber risks to critical systems. Elmore will share how INL and its collaborators are shining a light on future challenges and implementing solutions at the pace of cyber innovation.

    Other meetings on Wednesday morning

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

    Noon–2 p.m. NWPPA Awards Luncheon

      Co-hosted by Signature Sponsor American Transmission Co., and Bronze Sponsors Piper Jaffray, Platt Electric, Shell Trading, and The Energy Authority

      NWPPA illuminates those who you shined a light on and honors those who have lead the way.

    2:15–3 p.m. CEO Panel

      Moderator: Scott Corwin, Executive Director, Public Power Council

      Panelists: Clay Fitch, CEO, Wells Rural Electric Co.; Kevin Nordt, General Manager, Grant County PUD; Les Penning, General Manager, Oregon Trail Electric Cooperative; and John Roukema, Director of Electric Utility, Silicon Valley Power

      Always filled with interesting perspectives, Corwin will inspire the CEOs to enlighten us with their innovative approaches to today’s challenges.

    3–4 p.m. Organizational Shifts – Brightening the Future

      Speaker: Eric VanDerSluis, Consultant, Executive Coach, Leadership Development Practice Lead, Teleos Leadership Institute

      The shift in organizational culture due to retirements, new skill sets, and technology requires active engagement to create an environment where all employees—all generations—want to work, grow, and add value.

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

    5–6 p.m. President’s Reception honoring Steven Taylor

      Hosted by Gold Sponsor Powerex

    6–9 p.m. Annual banquet and entertainment

      Presiding: Jackie Flowers, 2018–2019 NWPPA Board President, General Manager, Idaho Falls Power

      Co-hosted by Silver Sponsor SEDC, and Bronze Sponsors Professional Computer Systems and Payment Service Network

Conference Schedule:

The conference will be held May 20-23, 2018, with the NWPPA Board of Trustees Meeting held on Monday, May 21, 2018.

Conference Location

Boise Centre
850 W. Front Street
Boise, ID 83702

Host Hotels:

Note: The Grove Hotel is currently SOLD OUT. Please use other hotel booking options below when making your reservation.

The Grove Hotel - SOLD OUT
245 S. Capitol Blvd.
Boise, ID 83702
(208) 489-2222

Rate: $149 for a single/double. Cutoff date: April 27, 2018

Online booking: Grove Annual Meeting 

Hampton Inn & Suites
495 S. Capitol Blvd
Boise, ID 83702
(208) 331-1900

Rate: $155 for a standard guestroom. Cutoff date: April 30, 2018

Online booking: Hampton Annual Meeting 

Hotel 43
981 Grove Street
Boise, ID 83702
(208) 342-4622

Rate: $169 for a standard guestroom. Cutoff date: April 22, 2018

Conference Fees:

Member Early Bird (ends 4/19/2018): $750
Member Standard: $825

Non-member Early Bird (ends 4/19/2018): $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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