NWPPA’s primary consideration will always be the safety of our members and staff. As a training organization, we also strive to involve our broadest membership in our events. We have been closely monitoring both the status of public health concerns and the increasing travel restrictions at our member utilities; as a result the 2020 Engineering & Operations Conference and Trade Show scheduled for April 7-9 in Reno, Nev., has been postponed with the intention to reschedule the event in whole or in part later in the year.
Over 1,000 people attend our annual E&O Conference, which is our largest event. We know our members, sponsors, vendors, and speakers have come to rely on this event for valuable education on operational matters pertinent to our industry. It is because of these valuable takeaways that we hope to find a location and time to hold the event later in 2020. Thank you to everyone who has helped us come to this decision and vowed to work on rescheduling the event, including those on the E&O Planning Committee, our board of trustees, and our staff.
We will distribute more information as soon as possible. Those who are registered for the event will receive refund information via email from NWPPA but will need to cancel their own hotel and travel reservations.
NWPPA will continue to closely monitor these issues and take our lead from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the World Health Organization, as well as local, state, and regional governments. We will also continue to monitor and honor travel restrictions at our member utilities.
We will evaluate other upcoming events on a case-by-case basis; if the status of an event changes, we will promptly provide any updates. Unless otherwise noted, NWPPA events will occur as scheduled. For certain events, virtual options may be available. For registered attendees of any event needing to cancel because of a travel restriction or health concern, we will make every effort to reschedule them into a later class or event.
As the impact of the coronavirus evolves, NWPPA will continue to share information and updates as well as how it impacts the public power community. In the immediate term, NWPPA is strongly encouraging attendees, as well as staff, to practice recommended health and safety habits.
NWPPA Executive Director