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

4:00 pm – 5:00 pm
NIPPC Members’ Annual Board Meeting
NIPPC members only

5:30 pm – 7:00 pm
Industry Reception on The Lady Alderbrook
Hosted by Northwest Gas Association (no host bar)

7:15 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

Introduction, Laura Miner, Invenergy and NIPPC President

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, Interim Officer of Power Supply and Strategic Planning, 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

Dan James, Deputy Administrator, Bonneville Power Administration

Introduction, Steve Lincoln, TransAlta Energy Marketing

1:45 pm – 2:00 pm
Break

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

Jason Eisdorfer, Utility Program Director, Public Utility Commission of Oregon
David Svanda, Principal, Svanda Consulting
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

Bob Cummings, Senior Director of Engineering and Reliability Initiatives, North American Electric Reliability Corporation (NERC)

Introduction, Carol Opatrny, Opatrny Consulting

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

Todd Hinnen, Partner, Perkins Coie
Ken Nichols, Principal, EQL Energy
Nate Sandvig, Director, Business Development, National Grid

Moderator, JT Thompson, First Lightenergy Industries

5:15 pm – 6:00 pm
Break

6:00 pm – 7:15 pm
Beer Garden Reception

7:15 pm – 9:15 pm
Banquet Program

Vito Stagliano Excellence in Electricity Policy Award
Awardee: Oregon Senator Eugene “Gene” Derfler

Banquet Address

Sydney McNiff Johnson, Senior Advisor, Dentons US

Introduction, Karen McGaffey, Perkins Coie

9:15 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

Introduction, Mike Moyer, Cairncross & Hempelmann

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

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

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

David Danner, Chairman, Washington Utilities & Transportation Commission
Travis Kavulla, Commissioner, Montana Public Services Commission
Sharon Nelson, former Board Member, Itron

Moderator, Malcolm McLellan, Van Ness Feldman

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.