NWPPA Annual Conference and Membership Meeting

NWPPA Annual Conference and Membership Meeting
. Please Note --> This is a Past Event!! .


Golf - NWPPA Annual Meeting $95.00
Member Early Bird Deadline 4/21/2013 $730.00
Member Standard $780.00
Nonmember Early Bird Deadline 4/21/2013 $2,190.00
Nonmember Standard $2,240.00
Spouse/Companion Registration $0.00
Dinner on Sunday, 5/19/2013 $47.75

Date: 5/19/2013 TO 5/23/2013
Time: 8:00 AM TO 12:00 PM

Hilton Bellevue
300 112th Avenue, SE
Bellevue, WA 98004



Download the Annual Meeting Program

Sunday, May 19, 2013

Golf Tournament - Co-hosted by NWPPA & Platinum/Diamond Sponsor EES Consulting

Monday, May 20, 2013 

7:30 a.m. - 5 p.m. - Conference and class registration
7:30 - 8:30 a.m. - Continental Breakfast
For pre-conference workshop attendees and the Government Relations Committee  

Pre-Conference Training:

8:00-8:30 - Registration for Pre-Conference Training

8:30 - 4:30 - Classes to be held - All Pre- Conference Classes will be open for registration in late February.

  • Option 1:   NRECA Certified Credential Class or Board Leadership Certification Class - open on web page in late February
  • Option 2:   Moss-Adams - Regulatory Changes in Finance and Accounting - What Policy Makers Need to Know! - open on web page in late February
  • Option 3:   Vervago - What is Precision Q + A?  A methodolgy for asking questions that are focused and precise, paired with concise answers.

8:30 a.m. - 11:30 - Government Relations Committee Meeting
Chairperson:  Elizabeth Hadley, City of Redding

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 2013 resolutions before they are brought before the general membership for final consideration.

10:30 - Break - Sponsored by Ater Wynne LLP

Noon- 1 p.m. - Lunch for pre-conference workshop attendees only

Tuesday, May 21, 2013

7:30 a.m. - 4 p.m. - Registration opens
7:30 - 8:30 a.m. - Continental Breakfast and exhibits - Sponsored by Gold Sponsors Federated Rural Electric Insurance Exchange and National Information Solutions Cooperative (NISC)

8:30 a.m. - NWPPA Annual Conference Opening Session

President's Welcome
Scott Odegard, 2012-2013 NWPPA Board President
Sun River, Electric Cooperative, Inc
Fairfield, MT.

Keynote address:  Examining Obama Care: The Responsibility of Providing Medical Benefits to Employees

Michael Tanner, Fellow
Cato Institute
Washington D.C.

10:00 - 10:20 a.m. - Break and exhibits - Sponsored by Silver Sponsors Alaska Power Association and Seattle-Northwest Securities Corp.

10:20 - 11 a.m. - Examining Utility Financial Needs in a Period of Unique Financial  Markets

Sheldon Petersen, Governor & CEO
National Rural Utilities Financial Corporation
Dulles, VA

11 a.m. - Noon - Examining the Relationship with the New BPA Administrator

William Drummond, Administrator
Bonneville Power Administration
Portland, OR

12:15 - 2 p.m. - NWPPA Annual Business Meeting and Lunch

2 - 3 p.m. - Examining the Question: Should There Be a Price On Carbon?

Manik Roy, VP of Strategic Outreach
Center for Climate & Energy Solutions

Jeff Kueter, President
George Marshall Institute
Arlington, VA

3 - 3:15 p.m. - Break and Exhibits

3:15 - 4:15 p.m. - Public Power in the 21st Century

Mark Crisson, President and CEO 
American Public Power Association
Washington D.C.

4:15 p.m. - Door-prize drawing - Must be present to win

6:30-7:30 p.m. - Welcome Reception - Sponsored by Platinum/Diamond Sponsor EES Consulting

Wednesday, May 22, 2013

7 - 8:30 a.m. - Northwest Requirements Utilities (NRU) Breakfast Meeting

7:30 a.m. - 4 p.m. - Registration Desk Open

7:30 - 8:30 a.m. - Continental breakfast and exhibits - Sponsored by Gold Sponsor SEDC

8:00 - 10 a.m. - Spouse/Companion Hospitality Room

8:30 - 9:30 a.m. - Examining the Responsibility of Cyber Security

Matthew Blizard, Director of Critical Infrastructure Protection
North American Electric Reliability Corporation (NREC)
Washington, D.C.

9:30 – 10:15 a.m. - Examining the Future of the Electric Utility Business

Gary Saleba, President & CEO
EES Consulting
Kirkland, WA

10:15 – 10:40 a.m. - Break and Exhibits - Co-Sponsored by Gold Sponsor KeyBank and Silver Sponsor Energy Northwest 

10:40 – Noon - Examining Electric Utility Board Challenges & Opportunities

Mike Lehto, Councilman
City of Idaho Falls
Idaho Falls, ID

Ron Bergh, Board Member
Golden Valley Electric
Fairbanks, AK

Brian Wolfe, Board Member
Umatilla Electric
Hermiston, OR

Susan Thraen, Board Member
Missoula Electric
Missoula, MT

Ted Simpson, Commissioner
Clallam PUD
Port Angeles, WA

Noon – 1:30 p.m. - NWPPA Awards Luncheon and entertainment - Speaker Sponsored by Gold Sponsor Touchstone Energy Cooperatives

1:30 - 3:00 p.m. - Re-examining the Northwest Power Pool’s Market Coordination Initiative

Elliot Mainzer, EVP, Corporate Strategy
Bonneville Power Administration
Portland, OR

Patrick Damiano, Vice President
Portland, OR

3:00 - 6:30 p.m. - Free Time

4 - 5 p.m. - Energy Northwest Review Board Election (for Energy NW participants only)

4 - 5 p.m. - NISC Member Update

6:30 - 7:30 p.m. - President's Reception honoring Scott Odegard, Sun River Electric, MT

7:30 - 10 p.m. - Annual Banquet and Entertainment - Banquet Sponsored by Platinum/Diamond Sponsor Platt Electric Supply, Inc., Hors d'doeuvres Sponsored by Gold Sponsor Cable Huston Benedict Haagensen & Lloyd, LLP, Entertainment Co-Sponsored by Silver Sponsor CoBank & Professional Computer Systems (PCS), Beverages Co-Sponsored by Gold Sponsores Powerex Corp, Shell Trading North America, The Energy Authority (TEA) and Gordon Estates

Thursday, May 23, 2013

7:30 a.m. - 4 p.m. - Registration Desk Open

7:30 - 8:30 a.m. - Continental breakfast and exhibits Sponsored by Northern California Power Agency (NCPA)

8:00 - 10 a.m. - Spouse/Companion Hospitality Room 

8:30 - 9:30 a.m. - CEO Panel: Examining the Challenges & Opportunities of Running an Electric Utility

John DiStasio, General Manager
Sacramento Municipal Utility District
Sacramento, CA

Steve Eldrige, CEO
Umatilla Electric
Hermiston, OR

Steve Klein, General Manager |
Snohomish PUD
Everett, WA

9:30 - 10:30 a.m. - Examining the Impact of the Bakken Oil Fields on Electric Utilities

Claire Vigesaa, CEO
Upper Missouri G & T
Sidney, MT

10:30 – 10:45 a.m. - Welcome to Billings, Montana – Site of the 2014 NWPPA Annual Meeting

Hotel Information & Conference Location:

Hilton Bellevue
300 112th Avenue, SE
Bellevue, WA  98004

Room rate:
 $219.00 single/double.

Please call the hotel to book your room as soon as possible, but no later than April 19, 2013, to secure this rate.  Our group name is NWPPA 2013 and our group code is NWPACI. Or you can go online to our group web page to book your room.

EES Consulting
Platt Electric Supply, Inc.
Cable Huston Benedict Haagensen & Lloyd, LLP
Clean Energy Collective
Federated Rural Electric Insurance Exchange
Northern California Power Agency
National Information Solutions Cooperative (NISC)
Powerex Corp.
Shell Trading North America
Touchstone Energy Cooperatives
Alaska Power Association
Energy Northwest
Ater Wynne LLP
Seattle-Northwest Securities Corp.
The Energy Authority
Gordon Estate

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.