Last Year's Schedule

Conference Program Annual Meeting 2023

Sunday, September 17

Alderbrook lobby

Conference registration

Members only

NIPPC Annual Board Meeting

Conference opens


Spencer Gray, Executive Director, NIPPC

Armchair Discussion

NIPPC’s opening session with guest speaker
Ben Salisbury, Heights Capital Markets

Moderator: Spencer Gray, NIPPC

Opening Reception

Sponsored by NextEra Energy Resources.

No host bar.

Firepit marshmallow roast

Informal gathering for all guests on the waterfront lawn.

Monday, September 18

Continental breakfast

Special Seminar 1

Transmission Siting Reform and Potential Impact on Transmission Development in the Northwest

Ben Mayer and Jennifer Mersing from K&L Gates will review FERC’s pending Notice of Proposed Rulemaking on Applications for Permits to Site Interstate Electric Transmission Facilities (Docket No. RM22-7) and various state initiatives to encourage the development of electric transmission facilities.

The presentation will also analyze the potential impact of these initiatives on transmission development in the Northwest.


Charting a Path to a Decarbonized Grid with Form Energy 

Join an engaging conversation with clean energy industry veterans, Nidhi Thakar and RJ Johnson, as they share insights around the challenges and opportunities of launching a pioneering battery technology during a period of rapid electric industry expansion and electric grid reliability challenges.

Special Seminar 2

Electric Power Trading During the Implementation of Washington State’s Cap and Invest Program

 Washington State’s Cap and Invest Program (CCA) to manage carbon emissions and achieve greenhouse gas limits became effective on January 1, 2023.

The presentation by Van Ness Feldman will focus on providing an overview of Ecology’s implementation of the CCA – contextualizing this implementation within the world of electric power trading. 

The presentation will include information about how the energy market has reacted since the CCA went into effect, filings and requests from market participants requesting changes to address the uncertainty in electric power and Ecology’s response, Ecology’s exploration of linking Washington’s carbon markets with those in California and Quebec, and other uncertainties that remain as the first compliance period appears on the horizon.

Panel 1

Capital in the Capitol: Ratebase in the New Regulated West

  • Julien Dumoulin Smith, Bank of America
  • Michael Gorman, Brubaker & Associates
  • Jason Thackston, Avista Corp.

Moderator: Phil Jones, Former Washington UTC Commissioner and Past President of NARUC

Buffet Lunch

Luncheon Address

  • John Hairston, Administrator & CEO, Bonneville Power Administration

Panel 2

Penciled Out: New Business Cases for Transmission

  • Jeff Cook, Bonneville Power Administration

  • Neil Millar, California ISO

  • Monica Opderbeck, Pattern Energy

Moderator: Rich Glick, GQ Consulting


Panel 3

Speedbumps and Sinkholes: Western Market Connectivity

  • Andrew McLain, Northwestern Energy

  • Keegan Moyer, Energy Strategies

  • Pam Sporborg, Portland General Electric

  • Kevin Thompson, Arizona Corporation Commission

Moderator: Letha Tawney, Oregon Public Utilities Commission


Beer Garden Reception

  • Hosted bar and appetizers.
  • All guests invited.

Banquet program

Banquet Address

Elliot Mainzer, California Independent System Operator

Introduction: Karen McGaffey, Perkins Coie


Evening Receptions

  • NIPPC’s unofficial after-parties, hosted by two of our sponsors.

Tuesday, September 19

Full Buffet Breakfast

Panel 4

Hear Me Talkin’ to Ya: Innovation in Regional Governance

  • Sarah Edmonds, Western Power Pool

  • Megan Decker, Oregon Public Utilities Commission

  • Laura Trolese, The Energy Authority

Moderator: Stephanie Lenhart, Boise State University

Closing Comments

  • Spencer Gray, Executive Director, Northwest & Intermountain Power Producers Coalition

Conference Adjourns

Please note: Conference program may be subject to change. Correct as of August 30, 2023.

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