NIPPC Annual Meeting

Riding the Wave of Change

September 8-10, 2019

Conference Program

The NIPPC Annual Meeting is a one-of-a-kind event.  Now in our 16th year, the conference is the most anticipated gathering on the regional energy calendar. NIPPC’s Alderbrook Conference has become the venue for frank and meaningful dialogue, all in a beautiful setting.

We attract a wide cross-section of the regional energy community to creatively explore issues facing the power sector. Register today and join in the conversation with the shapers of national and regional energy policy including:

    • Elliot Mainzer, Administrator, Bonneville Power Administration
    • Steven Wellner, Director, OEMR Division of Electric Power Regulation-West, Federal Energy Regulatory Commission
    • Ken Johnson, Vice President of Regulatory and Government Affairs, Puget Sound Energy
    • Julien Dumoulin-Smith, Head of US Power, Utilities, & Alt Energy, Bank of America
    • Tim Belden, Principal, Energy GPS
    • Dan Kirschner, Executive Director, Northwest Gas Association
    • Katie Sullivan, Managing Director, International Emissions Trading Association (invited)
    • Kristen Sheeran, Energy and Climate Change Policy Advisor / Director, Carbon Policy Office, Oregon Governor Kate Brown

(partial list – see full schedule)

Banquet Speaker: Susan Ackerman, Chief Energy Officer at EWEB, and former OPUC Chair
Susan Ackerman is currently the Chief Energy Officer at the Eugene Water & Electric Board in Eugene, Oregon, a position she assumed in January 2018.
In this role, Ms. Ackerman is responsible for EWEB’s resource portfolio, resource planning, and power trading functions.

Prior to EWEB, she served on the Oregon Public Utility Commission from 2010 to 2016, the last four years as Chair of the Commission. She served as Chair of the Electricity Committee of NARUC, on the Advisory Committee to EPRI, and as one of NARUC’s representatives on the NARUC – U.S. DOE Smart Grid Working Group.

Before joining the OPUC, Ms. Ackerman was a lawyer representing a variety of clients in electricity and natural gas matters, including integrated resource planning, competitive solicitations, transmission services, reliability standards, power sales contracting, and electric and natural gas rate matters.

Registration Information

The Conference begins on Sunday afternoon with an opening program and reception aboard the Lady Alderbrook as we network, get acquainted and enjoy Hood Canal.  Monday is all business with a full day of presentations, panels and speeches culminating in our Awards Banquet that evening.  Tuesday morning features a keynote address and closing discussion.
See the Schedule page for the full program.

Register at: or click the button above.

NOTE: Please use Google Chrome, Firefox or Safari browsers or a smartphone when registering. There have been problems with Internet Explorer 11 accessing the Regonline site.

The rate for “Industry Colleagues” – consultants, attorneys, vendors and manufacturers – allows you to participate as a Silver Sponsor.  You can choose to be a Silver supporter or select a higher level for greater exposure.  NIPPC is committed to maintaining the unique atmosphere of our event, ensuring that all attendees have quality networking time, while maintaining a balanced mix of industry professionals.  For more information, please contact Fibi Duke at or call the NIPPC office at 206-236-7200.

Meeting Fees Aug 8 – Sept 1     
NIPPC Members $1,650
IPP/Utility $2,150
Industry Colleagues/     Silver Sponsors $3,000
Government $950
Banquet Guest $75

Networking Opportunities

The NIPPC Annual Meeting provides plenty of opportunity for networking & socializing. Whether you are an industry veteran or a newcomer to this exciting field, interaction with  independent power professionals, utility executives and regulators is key to advancing your business interests. To make the most of your time at Alderbrook, our schedule includes activities from Sunday afternoon until Tuesday morning.  In addition to the conference sessions,  you can arrange breakout meeting with colleagues, new and old, at our beautiful venue on Hood Canal.

Questions? Contact us at 206-236-7200 or at

Hotel Reservations

Notice: As of August 8th, Alderbrook is full.  Please email Fibi Duke at to be put on our waiting list and see the Accommodations page for alternative places to stay.

The meeting is being held entirely at Alderbrook Resort & Spa in Union, Washington. It is a gorgeous spot and has been the home of our meeting for over a decade. Alderbrook Resort is holding rooms at special discounted rates for conference registrants through August 8th. All lodge rooms are $159 per night, and all cottages are $259 (plus taxes). Please call the Resort directly to make a reservation at: 360-898-2145 and mention NIPPC. You cannot make online reservations for our blocked dates.

We require Conference registration in order to hold a room. See the Accommodations page for further details. Specific questions for Alderbrook, including extended stays, will be handled by our on-site Coordinator, Alicia. Her direct line is 360-898-5477. Note that Alderbrook typically fills up by the end of July so please book early.