Please note: Not all speakers are confirmed.

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
Scott Gutting, President Emeritus, Energy Solutions

Moderator: Ann Rendahl, Washington Utilities & Transportation Commission

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

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

7:30 am – 8:15 am
Continental Breakfast

7:30 am – noon
Conference Registration

8:00 am – 9:15 am
NIPPC’s “TED Talks”
Three 20-minute cutting edge presentations by companies at the forefront of innovation in the power sector

9:15 am – 10:15 am
Special Seminar
Presented by K&L Gates

10:15 am – 10:30 am

10:30 am – 11:00 am
Morning Address
Where Are We in the West?

Tim Belden, Principal, Energy GPS

Introduction: Letha Tawney, Public Utility Commission of Oregon

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


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
Clare Breidenich, Assistant Executive Director and Carbon and Clean Energy Committee Lead, Western Power Trading Forum

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
Katie Sullivan, Managing Director, International Emissions Trading Association
Ken Johnson, Vice President of Regulatory and Government Affairs, Puget Sound Energy

Moderator: Ty Johnson, Bracewell Law

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

Vito Stagliano Excellence in Electricity Policy Award
Awardee: TBA

Introduction: Mark Smith, Calpine and NIPPC President

Banquet Address

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


9:00 pm – 11:00 pm
Evening Receptions

Tuesday, September 10

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

8:30 am – 9:00 am
View from FERC

Carlos Clay, Deputy Director, Division of Electric Power Regulation – West, Federal Energy Regulatory Commission

Introduction: Eric Christensen, Cairncross & Hempelmann

9:00 am – 10:00 am

Jonathan Weisgall, Vice President, Legislative & Regulatory Affairs, Berkshire Hathaway
Steve Levitas, Senior Vice President for Regulatory Affairs and Strategy, Cypress Creek Renewables

Moderator: David Danner, Washington Utilities & Transportation Commission

10:00 am – 10:30 am
State of the Industry Address

Robert Kahn, Executive Director, Northwest & Intermountain Power Producers Coalition

10:30 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.

Conference program may be subject to change.