NWPPA offers two different membership types. Click below to find out more, download a brochure, or join today!
How Do I Become a Member?
Northwest Public Power Association is an “entity” or “corporate” membership organization. Once a utility joins, all employees of that utility may participate in the Associations’ programs.
Call, write, or email us for additional membership information. Dues are calculated from a formula that uses your system’s retail kilowatt-hour sales and number of active meters plus the number of FTEs at your utility. If you would like to know more about NWPPA utility membership, or receive a dues calculation form, email firstname.lastname@example.org, call (360) 816-1442, or write to us at 9817 NE 54th St., Ste. 200, Vancouver, WA 98662-6064.
What Do You Receive as a Member?
NWPPA trains thousands of employees and board members every year via over 200 classes, workshops, and conferences. The Association keeps abreast of its member training needs through a strong committee structure. Courses are offered in most functional utility operation areas, including engineering, customer service, accounting, and leadership. In addition, NWPPA offers board and management training to meet the demands of operating a utility in a competitive marketplace. Webinars are offered to members throughout the year covering current events and issues in the utility industry. NWPPA’s four major conferences, its issue forums, and its Annual Meeting are recognized as some of the best offered anywhere in the country.
Committees and Task Forces
Run by members, each of our committees and task forces covers a specific topic area. NWPPA’s committees, sections, and roundtables should be key components of your utility’s employee succession plan. The groups offer members an opportunity to participate in the development of training and new services and products; members also share ideas and experiences. Where better to learn about working with diverse groups of people, broadening horizons with outside industry-related committee assignments, learning skills chairing committees, and contributing something back to the industry? Current active committees are: Government Relations; Information technology; Marketers/Communicators; Power Supply; Utility 3 Cs Workshop; Power Supply Workshop; Administrative Assistant Workshop; Alaska Utility Conference; Engineering & Operations; and Northwest Communication & Energy Innovations Conference. Task Forces include the Environmental Task Force.
Members receive the region’s only industry-specific monthly magazine. The Bulletin is a 32-page, full-color magazine packed with industry- and member-related feature stories, rotating topic-specific columns, updates, personnel changes, job opportunities, and news about NWPPA events. NWPPA also produces the annual Northwest Electric Utility Directory. Its 136 pages are a comprehensive guide that includes important information about utilities in the region; Associate Members listings, including a Products and Services Guide; government agencies; and energy-related trade associations. The Association publishes a weekly e Bulletin electronic email newsletter with up-to-date information about the utility industry delivered right to your inbox each Monday afternoon.
Federal Legislative Representation and Coordination
While statewide organizations focus on legislative efforts affecting their respective states, NWPPA represents the regional issues of its members on a federal level. We employ federal lobbyists to represent our members’ interests in Washington, D.C., and work with NWPPA and its Government Relations Committee. We sponsor an annual face-to-face trip to Washington, D.C., and we hold meetings with association leaders to coordinate federal legislative activities. Each year the membership passes resolutions which become NWPPA’s membership position on energy issues affecting the region and country. These public power statements communicate our members’ positions to legislators and other important audiences and interest groups. As a member, you have the opportunity to create and vote on these important resolutions.
NWPPA and the Public Power Council (PPC) co-sponsor a grassroots political advocacy program called People Power . The program encourages utilities to develop a grassroots database of utility customers that can weigh in with elected officials on specific issues of interest to public power and the Northwest. A website has been established for this grassroots effort at www.pplpwr.org and is maintained by NWPPA staff. NWPPA utility members have full access to a variety of issue alerts, reference materials, and related resources to help them with materials to distribute to their customers on key public power issues.
Information is power, and in a competitive, deregulated environment having the right information is critical to success. The Association gathers information and distributes the aggregated results to members by conducting annual wage and benefit surveys of its membership.
Cooperative Programs to Meet Specific Member Needs
NWPPA provides services for a fee to groups of utilities that want to work cooperatively on certain programs. These service-for-fee programs include the NWPPA Labor & Employee Relations Group, a group comprised of labor relations experts of both public and private utilities. They meet to discuss employee/management issues in the workplace.
Dues are calculated from a formula that uses a three-factor formula: retail kilowatt hour sales, number of non-seasonal retail meters for commercial and residential customers, and number of full-time employees. To receive a dues calculation sheet, please contact Dawn Stimson at email@example.com or (360) 816-1442.
As an NWPPA Associate Member You Will Enjoy:
- Membership with an organization that has existed since 1940 and provides quality education and training, communication services, networking opportunities and support to its membership.
- Up to three free copies of the Association’s monthly magazine, the Bulletin, for companies with 1 to 4 employees and up to four free copies for companies with 5 or more employees.
- Up to three copies of our annual Northwest Electric Utility Directory for companies with 1 to 4 employees and up to four free copies of the Directory for companies with 5 or more employees. This publication is a comprehensive list of utilities and their staff as well as Associate Member companies.
- The weekly eBulletin electronic email newsletter with up-to-date news about the utility industry.
- Opportunity to attend any of our classes or conferences at a considerable discount from what non-members pay for the same courses.
- Our website contains an online course calendar of classes and conferences with descriptions of each. You can register for any of our classes right from our website.
- Opportunity to participate in section committees, roundtables, and task forces.
- Your organization receives discounted Job Bank listings in the Bulletin, in our weekly eBulletin newsletter, and on our website in the Job Board section. This allows your company to advertise open job positions at a discounted rate for members reaching a wide base of qualified workers in the industry.
Membership in the Northwest Public Power Association
NWPPA’s Utility Membership Area
The associate member dues structure for 2016 is based upon the total size of your organization (as measured by the total number of employees employed).
- 1 to 4 employees — Dues are $575/yr.
- 5 or more employees — Dues are $750/yr.
- Investor-owned utility – $1,625/yr.
- Government agency – $2,000/yr.
- Other organizations that do not fit in these categories – Please call Dawn Stimson at (360) 254-0109 for dues rate
Your organization will not be entitled to membership benefits until payment for dues has been received by the Association. If payment is made by credit card, membership benefits will begin immediately; if payment is made by invoice, membership benefits begin when payment is received by the Association. To join click on the membership form button below and download the form and fax it into NWPPA at (360) 254-5731. NWPPA will contact you for payment information.
The NWPPA Board of Trustees and staff look forward to a new year of service to Associate Member members. We desire to partner with you as your organization positions itself in today’s competitive marketplace. Your participation will make NWPPA stronger than ever and ensure public power continues into the future. We look forward to working with you in the year ahead! If you have additional questions about becoming an Associate Member, please contact NWPPA at firstname.lastname@example.org or (360) 254-0109.
To join click on the membership form button below and download the membership form and fax it into NWPPA at (360) 254-5731. NWPPA will contact you for payment information.