NIPPC Annual Meeting

Searching for Stability

September 10-12, 2017

Conference Program

The NIPPC annual meeting is a one-of-a-kind event.  We are proud that, after 14 years, we are still one of the most anticipated events on the regional energy calendar.  This year’s NIPPC “Alderbrook” conference promises to live up to our reputation of delivering open discussion, and frank and meaningful dialogue, all in a beautiful setting.

Register today and join in the conversation with the shapers of national and regional energy policy including:

    • Dan James, Deputy Administrator, Bonneville Power Administration (BPA)
    • Bob Cummings, Senior Director of Engineering and Reliability Initiatives, North American Electric Reliability Corporation (NERC)
    • Ron Nichols, President, Southern California Edison
    • Steve Rodgers, Director, Division of Electric Power Regulation – West, Federal Energy Regulatory Commission
    • Jason Eisdorfer, Utility Program Director, Public Utility Commission of Oregon
    • David Danner, Chairman, Washington Utilities & Transportation Commission
    • Travis Kavulla, Commissioner, Montana Public Services Commission

(partial list – see full schedule)

Banquet Speaker: Sydney McNiff Johnson, Senior Advisor,
Global Energy Practice, Dentons

Sydney McNiff Johnson’s career has put her at the center of technology innovation and policy evolution over several decades. Corporate America, prominent NGOs and governments here and abroad seek out her insight on energy and environmental policy. As a prominent Beltway energy consultant now living in Idaho, Johnson makes an ideal banquet speaker for this year’s annual meeting.

As a senior advisor in Dentons’ global energy practice, Johnson is a skilled negotiator and wise business counselor. Her current practice focuses on bringing new energy technologies to market and guiding clients through the thicket of environmental policy challenges.

In August of 2015, Interior Secretary Sally Jewell appointed Johnson to a six-year term on the Board of Directors for the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation (NFWF). She also serves on the Boards of the American Council on Renewable Energy (ACORE) and the Women’s Council on Energy and the Environment (WCEE). Her civic engagements include service with the Idaho Chapter of the Nature Conservancy and Executive Committee of the Board for the National Symphony Orchestra. She was appointed to the U.S. Department of Commerce’s Civil Nuclear Trade Advisory Committee (CINTAC) in March 2013 and served for two years as Vice Chair.

Previously, Johnson was president of Lockhart Strategies International, LLC, where she worked to bring emerging energy technologies and environmentally friendly products to market, developing pilot programs and championing relationships for firms in the public and private sectors.

Johnson is an active member of the U.S. Nuclear Infrastructure Council (NIC), which she helped co-found in 2002. The NIC convenes all major nuclear energy utilities, manufacturers, and suppliers to discuss regulatory, licensing, and supply chain issues. She previously served for six years as a member of the Board of Directors of the Wild Salmon Center in Portland, Oregon, working with Russia, Japan, South Korea, Canada, and western U.S. states to preserve wild salmon populations.

Platinum Sponsor Seminars 2017

Monday, September 11

8:15 am – 9:15 am – K & L Gates
Energizing the Future with Blockchain
Presenters: Molly Suda and Ben Tejblum

Blockchain is the technology underlying the sometimes infamous virtual currency, Bitcoin. However, applications of blockchain technology go well beyond virtual currencies and are poised to bring big changes to a variety of industries, including the energy industry.  This presentation will provide a non-technical, easy to understand explanation of blockchain technology, as well as describe blockchain applications that are being developed or are proposed for the energy industry, including applications to improve back office functions for energy trading, facilitate the deployment and use of distributed energy resources, microgrids, and electric vehicles, and track renewable energy credits.  The presentation will also highlight issues that industry participants and regulators will likely encounter as blockchain-based applications are deployed in the energy sector.

9:15 am – 10:15 am – E3 – Energy + Environmental Economics
Grid of the Future, Industry of the Future
Presenters: Arne Olson and Kushal Patel

Changes in technology, policy, and customer demands are sweeping through the electricity industry. In this seminar, E3 will chart the directions these trends are taking the industry and their implications on the physical grid and the institutional framework of the industry. E3 Partner Arne Olson will describe how decarbonization imperatives will drive electric loads dramatically higher through the electrification of transportation, buildings and industry. These new demands must be met largely with low-carbon forms of electricity generation, today primarily variable wind and solar generation.  Enabling technologies such as grid-scale energy storage and load management will become increasingly important, driven in part by customers demanding greater say over their energy futures and distributed technologies that allow them to reduce energy costs and provide services back to the grid.

These changes are driving profound changes in how the electricity industry is organized. At the wholesale level, utilities around the West are seeking deeper coordination with their neighbors in the form of both organized energy markets and enhanced bilateral mechanisms.  At the retail level, utilities and regulators in California and New York are responding to customer demands by pursuing Distribution Resource Planning and utility restructuring initiatives such as the Distribution System Operator (DSO) model to facilitate technological innovation, competition and customer choice. E3 Director Kush Patel will describe both the logic and the structure behind these models, and will provide insights into how they might transform as they migrate to the utility-dominated Pacific Northwest.

Registration Information

The Conference begins on Sunday afternoon with a reception on the Lady Alderbook and time to network, get acquainted and enjoy Hood Canal.  Monday is all business with a full day of meetings culminating in our Awards Banquet that evening.  Tuesday morning features more panel discussions. See the Schedule page for the full program.

Register at: or click the button above.

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The rate for “Industry Colleagues” – consultants, attorneys, vendors and manufacturers – allows you to participate as a Silver Sponsor.  You can choose to be a Silver supporter or call us to select a higher level for greater exposure.  NIPPC is committed to maintaining the unique atmosphere of our event, ensuring that all attendees have quality networking time, while maintaining a balanced mix of industry professionals.  For more information, please contact Fibi Duke at or call the NIPPC office at 206-236-7200.

Meeting Fees May –  Jun 19 Jun 20 – Jul 31
Aug 1 – Sept
NIPPC Members $975 $1,200 $1,400
IPP/Utility $1,550 $1,750 $1,975
Industry Colleagues/     Silver Sponsors $2,500 $2,500 $3,000
Government $750 $850 $950
Banquet Guest $150 $150 $150

Networking Opportunities

The NIPPC Annual Meeting provides plenty of opportunities for networking & socializing. Whether you are an industry veteran or a newcomer to this exciting field, interaction with other independent power and utility professionals and regulators is key to advancing your business interests. To make the most of your time at Alderbrook, our schedule includes activities from Sunday afternoon until mid-morning Tuesday.  In addition to the conference sessions,  you can arrange breakout meeting with colleagues, new and old, at our beautiful venue on Hood Canal.

Questions? Contact us at 206-236-7200 or at

Hotel Reservations

The meeting is being held entirely at the Alderbrook Resort & Spa in Union, Washington. It is a gorgeous spot and has been the home of our meeting for over a decade. Alderbrook Resort is holding rooms at special discounted rates for conference registrants through August 10th. All lodge rooms are $155 per night, and all cottages are $255 (plus taxes). Please call the Resort directly to make a reservation at: 360-898-2145 and mention NIPPC. You cannot make online reservations for our blocked dates.

We require Conference registration in order to hold a room. See the Accommodations page for further details. Specific questions for Alderbrook, including extended stays, will be handled by our on-site Coordinator, Alicia. Her direct line is 360-898-5477. Note that Alderbrook typically fills up by August.