Speakers

Keynote Addresses

Administrator & CEO, Bonneville Power Administration

Portland, OR

John Hairston was named administrator and CEO in January 2021. In this role, he is responsible for managing the nonprofit federal agency that markets carbon-free power from Columbia River hydroelectric dams and the region’s one nuclear plant.

President & CEO, Pacific Power

Portland, Oregon

Stefan Bird is president and CEO of Pacific Power, a division of PacifiCorp serving 783,000 customers in 243 communities across Oregon, Washington and California.

Chairman, Federal Energy Regulatory Commission

Washington, DC

Chairman Richard Glick was named by President Biden to be Chairman of the Federal Regulatory Commission on January 21, 2021 and is serving a Commission term that ends June 30, 2022.

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President and CEO, Puget Sound Energy

Bellevue, WA

Mary E. Kipp was named president of PSE in August 2019 and CEO in January 2020. Under her direction, PSE is leading the way to a clean energy future in partnership with its customers and the communities it serves.

Panel 1

Paradigm Shift: Resource Adequacy in the Northwest

Director of Transmission and Market Services, Portland General Electric

Portland, OR

Sarah Edmonds is responsible for regulatory and policy matters affecting PGE’s transmission and market services business. She oversees the development of strategy and policy recommendations relating to market expansion and development, emerging regional and national marketplace initiatives, and transmission rates.

Executive Director, Western Interstate Energy Board

Denver, CO

Maury Galbraith is the Executive Director of the Western Interstate Energy Board (WIEB). He manages the efforts of WIEB to facilitate cooperation among western U.S. states and Canadian provinces to improve the efficiency of the western electric power system.

Chief Operating Officer, Northwest Power Pool

Portland, OR

Gregg Carrington brings over 37 years experience in the electric utility industry. He is currently the Chief Operating Officer for the Northwest Power Pool.

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Vice President, Government & Regulatory Affairs, Calpine Corp.

Walnut Creek, CA

Mark J. Smith is a Vice President of Government and Regulatory Affairs for Calpine. Mr. Smith is responsible for transmission, wholesale power market development, and federal regulatory affairs across the western United States.

Panel 2

Carbon Democracy: Clean Energy & Climate Targets

Senior Energy Lead, Google

Portland, OR

Reid Spolek is Senior Energy Lead for Google focused on powering Google’s global data centers with clean, affordable, and reliable electricity.

Washington State House of Representatives, 34th Legislative District

Olympia, WA

Rep. Joe Fitzgibbon was elected to represent the 34th Legislative District in 2010. He chairs the House Environment & Energy Committee and sits on the Appropriations and Rural Development, Agriculture & Natural Resources committees.

Manager, Office of Greenhouse Gas Programs, Oregon DEQ

Portland, OR

Colin McConnaha manages the Office of Greenhouse Gas Programs at Oregon Department of Environmental Quality. This includes Oregon’s Greenhouse Gas Reporting Program, Clean Fuels Program, and a team of climate policy specialists.

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Partner, K&L Gates

Seattle, WA

Liz Thomas is a partner in the firm’s Seattle office and member of the firm’s energy, infrastructure, and resources practice. Ms. Thomas has a national practice, concentrating in a range of matters related to energy and water regulation, transactions and project development.

Panel 3

Macro Grid Gaps: Transmission Policy in the West

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

Washington, DC

Michelle Manary is the Acting Deputy Assistant Secretary for the Energy Resilience Division in the Office of Electricity (OE) at the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE). Ms. Manary will help lead DOE’s division focused on national transmission infrastructure policy issues in support of national clean energy objectives.

Chief Development Officer, Grid United

Houston, TX

With more than 30 years of electric power industry experience, Kris Zadlo oversees Grid United’s transmission development activities.

Energy Industry Analyst, FERC

Washington, DC

Zeny Magos is an Energy Industry Analyst in the Office of Energy Market Regulation at the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission.

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Partner, Davis Wright Tremaine

Washington, DC

Michael Kunselman is a partner in Davis Wright Tremaine LLP’s Washington, D.C. office and a member of the firm’s energy group.

Panel 4

Regulatory Beat: View from the Commissions

Commissioner, Washington Utilities and Transportation Commission

Olympia, WA

Ann Rendahl was appointed to serve as a commissioner of the Washington Utilities and Transportation Commission by Gov. Inslee in December 2014 for a term ending January 2021. She currently serves as Vice-Chair of the Electricity Committee and a member of the Critical Infrastructure Committee for the National Association of Regulatory Commissioners (NARUC).

Commissioner, Idaho Public Utilities Commission

Boise, ID

Commissioner Kristine Raper was originally appointed to the Commission in February 2015 by former Gov. C.L. “Butch” Otter. She was reappointed in 2021 by Governor Brad Little to a second six-year term.

Chair, Oregon Public Utility Commission

Salem, OR

Megan Decker was appointed to the Oregon Public Utility Commission by Governor Kate Brown in April 2017 and was promoted to Commission Chair in May 2018.

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Independent Energy Consultant

Portland, OR

Jason Eisdorfer is an independent consultant concentrating on energy and climate change matters.