Event Profile

Engineering & Operations Conference and Trade Show

April 9 — 11, 2024
Greater Tacoma Convention Center

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, the Engineering & Operations Conference and Trade Show is set to take place in Tacoma, Washington, April 9-11, 2024, with a theme of Our Resilient Communities. The electric utility industry is molded daily through innovation, necessity, and both internal and external challenges. The 2024 E&O will provide the learning and networking opportunities needed to keep employees in the public power industry at the cutting edge.

Trade show. Over 200 exhibitors will showcase everything from high-voltage equipment and innovative technologies to consulting/engineering services. Booth spaces are available here. If you have any questions, please reach out to Annie at annie@nwppa.org or (360) 816-1443.

Learning. The 2024 E&O is an excellent opportunity to gather and discuss best practices, products, and tools that help you and your peers address the continuing challenges of running an electric utility. The three days of the E&O will present multiple opportunities to learn and share. The E&O will kick off on Tuesday morning with an engaging keynote address by Clara Pratte, founder of Strongbow Strategies and Navajo Power. On Tuesday afternoon, you can share ideas, challenges, and solutions at the roundtable discussions on engineering, operations, or supply chain. Not sure which to attend? Feel free to check out more than one! Throughout the event, you will also be able to choose between more than 24 breakout sessions taught by utility industry subject matter experts.

Networking. As the energy industry constantly changes, it is essential to establish relationships and build valuable connections with colleagues. At the 2024 E&O, you will be able to reconnect with colleagues and make new connections. The conference also provides the opportunity to celebrate safety and career achievements at the awards banquet on Thursday evening.

Conference Agenda:

Check back for the full agenda.

Conference and Trade Show Location:

Greater Tacoma Convention Center
1500 Commerce Street
Tacoma, WA 98402

Conference Hotels:

Hotel Murano
1320 Broadway
Tacoma, WA 98403
(253) 238-8000

Room rate: $179

Please book your Hotel Murano room here as soon as possible, but no later than Monday, March 18, 2024, to secure the discounted group rate.


Marriott Tacoma Downtown
1538 Commerce Street
Tacoma, WA 98402
(253) 294-9200

Room rate: $179

Please book your Marriott Tacoma Downtown room here as soon as possible, but no later than Tuesday, March 12, 2024, to secure the discounted group rate.

Conference Fees:

Member Early Bird (ends 3/9/24): $775
Member Standard: $825

Non-Member Early Bird (ends 3/9/24): $1,100
Non-Member Standard: $1,200

Spouse/guest (includes all events and meals; guest must not be a utility employee): $300

For exhibitor and/or spouse registration, please contact (360) 254-0109 or registration@nwppa.org

Note: Organizations that register a group of employees will receive every fifth registration for free. For example, if you register five employees, you only pay for four; register 10 employees, you only pay for eight; and so on. There is nothing additional you need to do to receive this discount.

Cancellation Policies:

For in-person events: cancellation at least 30 days prior to the event, full refund; within 15-29 days, $100 fee; and within 1-14 days or no show, 100% of the registration fee.

When possible, please send a substitute instead of canceling; NWPPA does not charge a fee for substitutions. To request a refund, please email registration@nwppa.org or call (360) 254-0109. 

Continuing Hours:

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


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For More Information:

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