Schedule

Sunday, September 10

Ongoing afternoon activities at Alderbrook Resort
Rent a kayak on Hood Canal
Enjoy the Alderbrook Spa, hike, bike or swim

2:30 pm – 5:00 pm
Conference Registration

4:30 pm – 5:30 pm
NIPPC Members’ Annual Board Meeting
NIPPC members only

5:30 pm – 6:30 pm
Industry Reception on The Lady Alderbrook
Hosted by Northwest Gas Association (no host bar)

6:30 pm – 9:00 pm
Dinner on your own

9:00 pm – 11:00 pm
Campfire Marshmallow Roast (with port)
Fire pit on waterfront

Monday, September 11

7:30 am – 8:15 am
Continental Breakfast

8:00 am – 3:00 pm
Conference Registration

8:15 am – 9:15 am
Special Seminar
Presented by K&L Gates

9:15 am – 10:15 am
Special Seminar
Presented by E3 – Energy + Environmental Economics

10:15 am – 10:30 am
Break

10:30 am – 11:00 am
Managing an Abundance of Riches: A California Perspective

Ron Nichols, President, Southern California Edison

11:00 am – 12:15 pm
A Closer Look – Today’s Power Markets

Stephen Fischer, Managing Director, Power Delivery, Grant Public Utility District
Robert Cromwell, Director, Power Contracts & Resource Acquisition, Seattle City Light
Andrew Law, Senior Analyst, Shell Energy North America

Moderator, Tyler Johnson, Bracewell Law

12:15 pm – 12:30 pm
Break

12:30 pm – 1:45 pm
Buffet Lunch

Luncheon Address: The Future is Right on Schedule

Elliot Mainzer, Administrator, Bonneville Power Administration

1:45 pm – 2:00 pm
Break

2:00 pm – 3:15 pm
Direct Access: What Can We Expect?

Ruchi Sadhir, Energy Policy Advisor, Oregon Governor Kate Brown (invited)
Steve Chriss, Director Energy and Strategy Analysis, Wal-Mart Stores (invited)
Greg Adams, Partner, Richardson Adams

Moderator, Carl Fink, Blue Planet Energy Law

3:15 pm – 3:45 pm
Observations: How the West Looks from NERC’s Perspective

Gerry Cauley, President, The North American Electric Reliability Corporation (NERC)

3:45 pm – 5:15 pm
Grid Stability and Change: What’s Needed To Achieve Both?

Laura Beane, CEO, Avangrid Renewables (invited)
Michael Burr, Director, Microgrid Institute (invited)
Todd Hinnen, Partner, Perkins Coie
Jake Gentle, Power Systems Research Engineer – Grid Integration, Idaho National Laboratory

Moderator, JT Tompson, First Lightenergy Industries

5:15 pm – 5:45 pm
Break

5:45 pm – 7:00 pm
Beer Garden Reception

7:00 pm – 9:00 pm
Banquet Program

Vito Stagliano Excellence in Electricity Policy Award
Awardee: To be announced

Banquet Address

Sydney McNiff Johnson, Senior Advisor, Dentons US

9:00 pm – 11:00 pm
Evening Receptions

Tuesday, September 12

8:00 am – 8:45 am
Full Breakfast Buffet

8:45 am – 9:15 am
View from FERC: Consistency and Change

Steve Rodgers, Director, Division of Electric Power Regulation – West, Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (invited)

9:15 am – 9:30 am
State of the Industry Address

Robert Kahn, Executive Director, Nothwest & Intermountain Power Producers Coalition

9:30 am – 10:45 am
Alderbrook 2017: What We Know and What We Don’t

Jason Eisdorfer, Utility Program Director, Public Utility Commission of Oregon (invited)
David Danner, Chairman, Washingtron Utilities & Transportation Commission
Travis Kavulla, Commissioner, Montana Public Services Commission

Moderator, Eric Christensen, Cairncross & Hempelmann

10:45 am
Conference Adjourns

10:00 am – noon
Check out

Folks can stay to eat lunch at Alderbrook and chat with remaining guests, arrange meetings, etc.