Event Profile

Engineering & Operations Conference and Trade Show

April 4 — 6, 2023
Reno Ballroom

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 Reno, Nevada, April 4-6, 2023, with a theme of The Next Frontier of Public Power. The electric utility industry is molded daily through innovation, necessity, and both internal and external challenges. Therefore, the 2023 E&O will provide the learning and networking opportunities needed to keep employees in the public power industry at the cutting edge.

Trade show. Nearly 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 Alyssa at alyssa@nwppa.org or (360) 816-1448.

Learning. The 2023 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. On Tuesday morning, 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! Afterwards, you won’t want to miss the keynote address by Jake Wood, a Marine veteran and founder of Team Rubicon, the fastest growing disaster response organization in the world. Woods keynote promises to be a compelling exploration of leadership and organizational culture. 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 2023 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:

The pre-conference program can be found here.

Related Events:

Environmental Task Force Meeting, April 3, 2023

Conference Location:

Reno Ballroom
401 N. Center St.
Reno, NV 89501

Trade Show Location:

Reno Events Center
400 N. Center St.
Reno, NV 89501

Conference Hotel:

Silver Legacy Resort Casino
407 N. Virginia St.
Reno, NV 89501
(800) 687-8733

Room rate: Single/double $90 midweek (Sun.-Thu.) or $199 weekend (Fri.- Sat.) plus taxes and $30/night resort fee.

Use Group Code NWPPA23 when booking your reservation, or book online at https://book.passkey.com/go/NWPPA23.

Please book your room as soon as possible, but no later than March 1, 2023, to secure the above rate.

In light of the hotel reservation and cancellation policy, which is designed to allow the maximum use of these hotels, 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 who may potentially attend because this reduces availability for registered attendees. Please only book rooms that you will actually use.

All room reservations require full payment for the first night at the time you reserve your room.
Refunds will be issued on individual reservations canceled 24 hours in advance of arrival date. Written authorization is required to confirm transfer of room deposits on guest name changes.
Alaska Airline Discount:
This year we are excited to partner with Alaska Airlines to offer a 7% discount code for your flight to Reno.  Please contact Connie at (360) 254-0109 or connie@nwppa.org to get the code.  

Conference Fees:

Utility Member Early Bird (ends 3/3/2023): $725
Utility Member Standard: $775

Non-member Early Bird (ends 3/3/2023): $1,050
Non-member Standard: $1,150

Spouse/guest (includes all events and meals; guest must not be a utility employee): $250

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.


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Cancellation Policies:

Cancellation Policies:

For webinarsvirtual classes, and section meetings: cancellation at least five days prior to the event, full refund; within 1-4 days or no show, 100% of the registration fee.

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.

If canceling because the attendee is showing COVID-19 symptoms any time before the event, a full refund will be issued; if leaving during the event for COVID-19 reasons, a prorated refund will be issued.

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

Safety Measures:

As we continue to monitor and evaluate COVID-19 levels, we understand that the health and safety of our members, staff, and the community are of highest concern. We are asking everyone to do their part. NWPPA and local venues will follow applicable federal, state, and local health protocols. Assumption of Risk: COVID-19 has been declared a worldwide pandemic by the World Health Organization. It is not possible for NWPPA or anyone else to completely prevent the presence of the disease. Therefore, if you choose to attend a conference organized by NWPPA and voluntarily enter onto premises where its conference is held, you are accepting the risk, without right of claim against NWPPA and its directors, employees, or agents, of being exposed to, contracting, and/or spreading COVID-19 and its variants

Continuing Hours:

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


For More Information:

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