APRIL 27-29, 2021

The 2021 Engineering & Operations Conference, traditionally the largest gathering of public power utilities in the Northwest, will go virtual on April 27-29. Utility employees and vendors should not miss this premier event.

Educational sessions: In addition to a renowned keynote speaker, executive panel, and wildfire hot topic presentation, over a dozen different sessions will be presented.

Vendor Engagement: This year we have created sponsorship options that provide opportunities for vendors to share their best new technology, company information, and support of the industry with attendees while also providing exposure to key stakeholders, all at a greatly reduced cost. For more information about sponsorship opportunitites please contact Nicole Farrabee at (360) 816-1454 or nicolef@nwppa.org.

Networking: As our industry constantly changes, it is essential to establish relationships and build valuable connections, whether those be in person or online, with colleagues.


Tuesday, April 27

8–10 a.m. 

General session

Chair welcome
Keynote address by Dr. Jen Welter
Awards presentations

10:15–11 a.m.

Concurrent sessions

Winning Strategies for Solar and Battery Storage: A Win-Win for Utilities and Customers
Recovering from Snowpocalypse
We See the Darndest Things!

11:15 a.m.–Noon 

Concurrent sessions

The Digital Utility: A Technology Roadmap for Distribution Management
In the Red Zone: Crisis Communications

Noon–1 p.m.

Lunch and learn with vendor tech presentations

Wednesday, April 28

8–9:30 a.m.

CEO/GM panel discussion

9:30–10 a.m.

Industry Showcase

10:15–11 a.m

Concurrent sessions

Electrical Workers without Borders
Records Management: Changing the Culture of Hoarding
When IT and OT Worlds Collide with SCADA

11:15 a.m.-noon

Concurrent sessions

Drones and the Data Avalanche
Clean Energy: The Winds of Change Have Begun to Blow
Engineering the Perfect Drive: Life Cycle Modeling for Your Fleet

Noon–1 p.m.

Lunch and learn with vendor tech presentations

Thursday, April 29

8–8:45 a.m.

Opening remarks

Safety awards presentation

9-9:45 a.m.

Concurrent sessions

Cascadia Rising: A Look into High-Voltage Resiliency in an Earthquake Zone
Two Miles of Underground 69kV Replacement: How We Did It

10–10:45 a.m.

Concurrent sessions

Marine Renewable Energy Panel
Hot! Hot! Hot! Measuring Substation Equipment Temperature Conditions

11-11:50 a.m.

Hot Topic: Wildfires

11:50 a.m.–noon

Closing remarks