Schedule

Conference program may be subject to change.
Correct as of September 10, 2020.

Monday, September 14

9:00 am – 9:15 am
Introductions & Welcome
Spencer Gray, Executive Director, Northwest & Intermountain Power Producers Coalition
Mark Smith, Vice President, Calpine, President of NIPPC Board

9:15 am – 10:10 am
Panel 1
Does it Pay to be Ready?: Resource Adequacy in the Northwest

Steve Wright, General Manager, Chelan PUD
Sarah Edmonds, Director of Transmission and Market Services, Portland General Electric
Randy Hardy, Principal, Hardy Energy Consulting

Moderator: Therese Hampton, Executive Director, Public Generating Pool

10:15 am – 11:10 am
Panel 2
Making Bigger Better: Regionalizing Trends in the Western Interconnection

Mark Rothleder, Vice President, Market Policy and Performance, California Independent System Operator
David Mills, Sr. Vice President Policy & Energy Supply, Puget Sound Energy
Steven Wellner, Director, Division of Electric Power Regulation – West, Federal Energy Regulatory Commission

Moderator: Anita Decker, Member, Western Energy Imbalance Market Governing Body

11:15 am – noon
Keynote Address
John Hairston, Acting Administrator & CEO, Bonneville Power Administration

12:10 pm – 1:00 pm
Virtual ‘Brown Bag Lunch’
Rotating breakout rooms where attendees can chat with conference speakers in a less formal forum

1:00 pm
Close – Day 1

Tuesday, September 15

9:00 am – 9:05 am
Introductions & Welcome
Spencer Gray, Executive Director, Northwest & Intermountain Power Producers Coalition

9:05 am – 9:40 am
Capital Markets and Electoral Insights
Ben Salisbury, Director of Research & Senior Policy Analyst, Heights Capital Markets

9:45 am – 10:40 am
Panel 3
Shorting Carbon: Innovation in Climate Solutions

Travis Kavulla, Vice President, Regulatory Affairs, NRG Energy
Adrian Anderson, Senior Director of Renewable Energy, Microsoft
Kevin Poloncarz, Partner, Covington & Burling

Moderator: Liz Thomas, Partner, K&L Gates

10:45 am – 11:30 am
Keynote Address: View From FERC
Richard Glick, Commissioner, Federal Energy Regulatory Commission

11:35 am – 12:30 pm
Panel 4
Affected with the Public Interest: Regulators Roundtable

Ann Rendahl, Commissioner, Washington Utilities & Transportation Commission
Mark Thompson, Commissioner, Oregon Public Utility Commission
Paul Kjellander, Commissioner, Idaho Public Utility Commission

Moderator: Susan Ackerman, Chief Energy Officer, Eugene Water & Electric Board

12:30 pm – 12:45 pm
Closing Comments
Spencer Gray, Executive Director, Northwest & Intermountain Power Producers Coalition

12:45 pm
Conference Adjourns

Please note: The 5-minute gaps between sessions are there to help us transition between one session and the next and to allow attendees to take breaks as needed.