Last Year's Schedule

Conference Program Annual Meeting 2021

Sunday, September 12

Alderbrook lobby

Conference registration

Members only

NIPPC Annual Board Meeting


  • Spencer Gray, Executive Director, NIPPC

Opening Address

Mary Kipp, President & CEO, Puget Sound Energy

Outdoor Opening Reception

Sponsored by Northwest Gas Association.

No host bar.

Firepit marshmallow roast

Informal gathering for all guests on the waterfront lawn.

Monday, September 13

Continental breakfast

NIPPC's "TED Talks"

Three short presentations by companies at the forefront of innovation in the power sector.

Energy & Environmental Economics

Camus Energy

LevelTen Energy

Special Seminar - K&L Gates

On your way to Alderbrook?  Use the time to listen to Hydrogen Rising, a podcast created by our special seminar speaker, David Wochner and K&L Gates.  With over twenty succinct and informative episodes, Hydrogen Rising examines significant issues and developments impacting the hydrogen market, from commercial and contractual considerations, to policy initiatives at national and local levels, to major regulatory advancements ensuring access to markets and adequacy of safety regimes.  Come prepared for the Monday morning session with informed and engaging questions!      


Panel 1

Paradigm Shift: Resource Adequacy in the West

  • Gregg Carrington, Chief Operating Officer, Northwest Power Pool
  • Sarah Edmonds, Director of Transmission and Market Services, Portland General Electric
  • Maury Galbraith, Executive Director, Western Interstate Energy Board

Moderator: Mark Smith, Calpine

Luncheon Address

BPA Update

  • John Hairston, Administrator & CEO, Bonneville Power Administration

Panel 2

Carbon Democracy: Clean Energy and Climate Targets

  • Washington State House Representative Joe Fitzgibbon, 34th Legislative District

  • Colin McConaha, Manager, Office of Greenhouse Gas Programs, Oregon Department of Environmental Quality

  • Reid Spolek, Senior Energy Lead, Google

Moderator: Liz Thomas, K&L Gates

Panel 3

Macro Grid Gaps: Transmission Policy in the West

  • Michelle Manary, Acting Deputy Assistant Secretary, Energy Resilience Division, Office of Electricity, U.S. Department of Energy

  • Zeny Magos, Energy Industry Analyst, Office of Energy Markets and Reliability, Federal Energy Regulatory Commission
  • Kris Zadlo, Chief Development Officer, Grid United

Moderator: Michael Kunselman, David Wright Tremaine

Beer Garden Reception

  • Hosted bar and appetizers.
  • All guests invited.

Banquet Program

Robert Kahn Award

  • Mike Evans, Shell Energy (retired)

Introduction: Ian White, Shell Energy North America

Banquet Address

Keynote Speaker

  • Stefan Bird, President & CEO, Pacific Power

Introduction: Karen McGaffey, Perkins Coie


Evening Receptions

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

Tuesday, September 14

Full Buffet Breakfast

Keynote Address

View from FERC

  • Rich Glick, Chairman, Federal Energy Regulatory Commission

Introduction: Spencer Gray, NIPPC

Panel 4

Regulatory Beat: View from the Commissions

  • Megan Decker, Chair, Oregon Public Utility Commission
  • Ann Rendahl, Commissioner, Washington Utilities & Transportation Commission
  • Kristine Raper, Commissioner, Idaho Public Utilities Commission

Moderator: Jason Eisdorfer, Energy Consultant

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 30th, 2021.