Conference program may be subject to change.
Correct as of August 22, 2019.

Sunday, September 8

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

3:45 pm – 5:00 pm
Opening discussion
Balancing The Paradigm

Julien Dumoulin-Smith, Head of US Power, Utilities, & Alt Energy, Bank of America Merrill Lynch
Tim Belden, Principal, Energy GPS

Moderator: Ann Rendahl, Washington Utilities & Transportation Commission

5:15 pm – 7:00 pm
Lady Alderbrook Boat Cruise and Opening Reception
Registration required.  Please email

Sponsored by Northwest Gas Association – No host bar

7:00 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 9

7:45 am – 8:30 am
Continental Breakfast

7:30 am – noon
Conference Registration

8:30 am – 9:45 am
NIPPC’s “TED Talks”
Three 20-minute cutting edge presentations by companies at the forefront of innovation in the power sector:
Smart Wires
Sapere Consulting
National Grid

9:45 am – 10:45 am
Special Seminar
Presented by K&L Gates

10:45 am – 11:00 am

11:00 am – 12:15 pm
Panel 1
Natural Gas: Reckoning With The Future

Dan Kirschner, Executive Director, Northwest Gas Association
Clay Riding, Vice President of Energy Resources, Northwest Innovation Works
Ken Dragoon, Executive Director, Renewable Hydrogen Alliance

Moderators: Ankur Tohan and Alyssa Moir, K&L Gates

12:15 pm – 12:30 pm

12:30 pm – 1:45 pm
Buffet Lunch

Luncheon Address

Elliott Mainzer, Administrator, Bonneville Power Administration

Introduction: Karen McGaffey, Perkins Coie

1:45 pm – 2:00 pm

2:00 pm – 3:15 pm
Panel 2
Transmission: Are We There Yet?

Don Furman, Director, Fix the Grid Coalition
Mike MacDougall, VP – IT and Trade Policy, Powerex
Faranak Sarbaz, Power Engineer Manager – Transmission Planning, Los Angeles Department of Water & Power

Moderator: Malcolm McLellan, Van Ness Feldman

3:15 pm – 4:30 pm
Panel 3
Carbon Policy: Where Are We Now?

Kristen Sheeran, Energy and Climate Change Policy Advisor / Director, Carbon Policy Office, Oregon Governor Kate Brown
Glenn Blackmon, Manager, Energy Policy Office, WA Dept. of Commerce – State Energy Office
David Mills, Sr. Vice President, Policy & Energy Supply, Puget Sound Energy

Moderator: Ty Johnson, Bracewell LLP

4:30 pm – 5:30 pm
NIPPC Annual Board Meeting
Members only

4:30 pm – 5:30 pm
Break for other guests

5:30 pm – 6:45 pm
Beer Garden Reception

7:00 pm – 9:00 pm
Banquet Program

Robert Kahn Award for Outstanding Contribution to the Energy Industry
Awardee: Randy Hardy

Introduction: Elliot Mainzer, Bonneville Power Administration

Banquet Address

Susan Ackerman, Chief Energy Officer, Eugene Water and Electric Board

Introduction: David Danner, Washington Utilities & Transportation Commission

9:00 pm – 11:00 pm
Evening Receptions

Tuesday, September 10

7:30 am – 8:30 am
Full Breakfast Buffet

8:15 am – 8:45 am
View From FERC

Steven Wellner, Director, OEMR, Division of Electric Power Regulation – West, Federal Energy Regulatory Commission

Introduction: Eric Christensen, Beveridge & Diamond

8:45 am – 9:15 am
PURPA At A Crossroads

Steve Levitas, Senior Vice President for Strategic Initiatives, Pine Gate Renewables

Introduction: Irion Sanger, Sanger Thompson

9:15 am – 10:00 am
Resource Adequacy In The Pacific Northwest

Arne Olson, Senior Partner, Energy + Environmental Economics – E3

Introduction: Randy Hardy. Hardy Energy Associates

10:00 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.