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Monday, March 20, 2017

Legislative Announcements

President Trump Releases “Skinny Budget” Proposing Sharp Cuts; Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee Holds Infrastructure Hearing; House Energy Subcommittee Holds Hydropower Infrastructure Hearing; Cantwell, Wyden Urge Protection of Energy Infrastructure in Cyber Order; President Trump Signs Executive Order, More on the Way; and Congressional Budget Office Scores Republican Health Care Plan.

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Public Power Industry Announcements

We remember: Richard G. Czyzewski; Pflueger, Carrow Receive Service Awards at Douglas PUD; SMUD Opens New Electric Vehicle Fast Charger at Sacramento Valley Station; and Snohomish County PUD Appoints New Commissioner, Sid Logan.

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Associate Member Announcements

Bruce Lovelin Joins PEAK Measure; and ABB Ability™ Electrical Distribution Control System U.S. Launch for Cloud-Based Energy Management.

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Utility Members: Don’t forget to send in your 2017 Voting Delegate Forms

The NWPPA 2017 Annual Conference & Membership Meeting will be held at the Sunriver Resort in Sunriver, Ore., on May 7-10, 2017.  The Business Session of the Annual Membership Meeting will be held on Tuesday, May 9, 2017 from 11:45 to 1:45 p.m.Each utility is allowed one designated voting delegate. The voting delegate for your utility is permitted to vote on each of the Association resolutions and other business brought before the Annual Business Meeting. It is important that your utility is represented at the Business Meeting. Your self-assigned voting delegate will be asked to sit in a designated “Voting Delegate Area” during the Annual Business Meeting. Special registration ribbons will be used to identify all voting delegates.

If your utility has not already designated a voting delegate with NWPPA for this Annual Meeting, please use the form below to indicate an individual from your utility, who will be attending the Annual Meeting, to act as your utility’s voting delegate for the Business Meeting.  If you have questions about whether or not NWPPA has received an official voting delegate form from your utility, please call Debbie Kuraspediani at (360) 816-1449. Please fax or email completed forms back to NWPPA before May 1, 2017.

Please make sure your voting delegate is registered to attend the conference so they may actually vote for business items on behalf of your utility. You may register your voting delegate for the meeting by clicking on the Annual Meeting banner below under Educational Opportunities.

Click here to download a 2017 Voting Delegate form

Cybersecurity Tip of the Week

What is social engineering and why is it a threat to cyber security?

Social engineering uses influencing tactics as a way to hack your computer. These tactics try to trick you into doing something that will allow the sender to install a virus. You may get an email that looks like it is from someone you know asking you to open a file because it is important. Or, you might be offered something free if you click on a link. It may pretend to be from Amazon or other online store with a special offer if you go to the website via the link in the email.

Here are some questions to ask yourself when you receive something from someone asking you to do something. Is the email subject line irrelevant to the email text? Does the email claim to be responding to something it says you requested but you know you never asked for? Does the email have spelling or grammar errors? When you hover over a hyperlink does the address go to a different website than what it claims?

Be cyber safe! Always look over every email carefully before opening a file or clicking on a hyperlink.

Upcoming Educational Opportunities

Plan now for your 2017 training. Check out NWPPA’s 2017 class offerings in the 2017 eCatalog. Click on the button below.

2017 Event eCatalog

Don’t miss these upcoming training events:

REGISTER Today! The dates of the NWPPA Annual Conference & Membership Meeting are May 7-10, 2017 in Sunriver, OR

Annual Meeting Pre-Conference Class: Electric Utility System Operations – May 8, 2017

Annual Meeting Pre-Conference Class: Enterprise Risk Management for Policy Makers – May 8, 2017

Industry Calendar of Events

Mark your calendars for these upcoming public power industry meetings.

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Utilities: NWPPA offers its utility members the opportunity (at no cost) to post RFPs and RFQs on our website at no charge. Reach out to NWPPA’s almost 4,000 associate member contacts that supply goods and services to the utility industry and might be interested in responding to your utility RFP/RFQ. To post your RFP/RFQ, visit our RFP/RFQ page. For more information, contact Debbie at or Mark at

Associate Members: Make sure to check out NWPPA’s RFP/RFQ Web page to view utility RFP listings. Listings are posted as they are received by NWPPA.

New RFPs posted March 14 & 15, 2017!

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Recent Industry Job Openings

View the job opportunities posted to NWPPA’s website in the past week.

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On This Day in History

Khrushchev Begins His Rise to Power; LBJ Sends Federal Troops to Alabama; Joan Jett Tops the Pop Charts with “I Love Rock ‘n’ Roll”; and Tokyo Subways are Attacked with Sarin Gas.

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