Committees/Meetings

Engineering and Operations Conference Committee

Thank you for your interest in NWPPA’s Engineering & Operations Conference Planning Committee.

This committee represents a broad section of the Association’s utility and associate members. The main focus of this committee is the planning for the annual Engineering & Operations Conference and Trade Show in the spring each year.

Click here to contact Jenny Keesey about participating in this committee.

Click here to view the committee policy manual

2015 Engineering and Operations Conference & Trade Show Presentations – Tacoma, WA

Advanced Unmanned Aerial Utility Inspections
Altec – We Find the Darndest Things – Alex Senf
Taking Advantage of Your AMI Perspective
Automation Approaches to NERC CIP Version 5 – Jeremy Anderson
Blasts, Bullets, Wind, Earthquakes and Fires: Technologies for Power Grid Resilience
Fall Protection
How Do You Get Your Underground Cables to Full Design Life?
LED Street and Area Lights in a Small/Rural Utility – Justin Holzgrove
Marijuana and the Workplace – Deb Bliven
Organizational and Cultural Change “Building Trust” – Max Fuentes
OSHA Update: New Electric Power Generation, Transmission & Distribution Rules – Dale Cavanaugh, PE
Secondary/Primary Troubleshooting & Efficient Power Restoration – Rick Kennerly
Type 2 vs Type 3 Image Compare
Integration and Interoperability of Advanced Energy Storage With Electric Power Systems
WEGAI Brochure

Environmental Task Force Committee

Click Here to View Materials and Presentations From ETF Meetings

Thank you for your interest in NWPPA’s Environmental Task Force Committee.

The Environmental Task Force (ETF) examines environmental issues and the impact of current and proposed environmental regulations on electric utilities. Meetings occur three times each year to review and discuss new and proposed regulations and issues facing each utility and to hear from subject matter experts on key issues of the day, as well as from vendors with new technology or services. The ETF meetings are a premier solution-focused, learning, and networking venue that bring utility, industry and government environmental professionals together on a regular basis.

For more information about participating in this committee, please contact Scott Lowry at slowry@nwppa.org (360) 816-1448.

Materials and Presentations From ETF Meetings

Presentations from April 6, 2015 ETF Meeting

Adsorb-It Sorbents & Filtration Products Presentation
Best Practices for Utility Storm Water Management (Wet Side)
Washington Stormwater Center Presentation
Washington Stormwater Regulations: How They Affect Public Utilities


Presentations from January 12, 2015 ETF Meeting:

Proposal to Reduce Carbon Pollution From Existing Power Plants – Kate Kelly, Office of Air, Water and Toxics
SPCC Program – Best Practices at a Large Utility – Lea Boyle, PSE
SPCC and Tank Inspections from a Vendors Perspective – SLR International Corporation
SPCC Best Practices – Small Utility Perspective – Jennifer Richcreek, Kodiak Electric Assoc.


Presentations from Sept. 15, 2014 ETF Meeting:

RPS and Transmission PermittingU.S. EPA Region 9 Toxic Substances Control Act PCB Clean up Program
Waters of the U.S. Proposed Rule
Utility Environmental Management Program
Proposed Clean Power Plan


Legal Considerations for Utility Management of Treated Wood Poles

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Presentations from January 14, 2013 ETF meeting in Seattle, WA


A Short Review of Hazardous Waste Disposal Contracts; What You Need To Know

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What’s happening to my MSDS?
HazCom 2012: What you need to know!

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National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (NPDES) Pesticide General Permit

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USEcology Presentation

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EPA’s storm water treatment fliers, brochures, manuals

http://cfpub.epa.gov/npdes/stormwatermonth.cfm


Sample PCB Disposal Contract

The Environmental Task Force has available a draft model hazardous waste disposal contract for member utilities to use. The contract was not designed to be signed upon receipt, but instead sets out major issues which any utility seeking to dispose of hazardous waste should consider when negotiating a contract. Click on the link below to download a PDF file copy of the sample contract.

Sample Contract


Sample Agreement for PCB & Non-PCB Waste Disposal With Trans-Cycle Industries (TCI)

The Environmental Task Force has available a draft model PCB and Non-PCB waste disposal contract for member utilities to use. The contract was not designed to be signed upon receipt, but instead sets guidelines to use when negotiating with Trans-Cycle Industries. Click on the link below to download a PDF file copy of the sample contract.

Sample Contract


NWPPA Comment Letter to EPA

The link below is a letter that NWPPA has submitted to EPA on the extension for the SPCC Rules.

PDF file of letter

Information Technology Committee

Thank you for your interest in the IT Workshop Planning Committee!

IT workshop planning committee is comprised of NWPPA members who work, at least in-part, in the IT function at a member utility. The IT Workshop Planning Committee plans and facilitates three events – NWPPA IT Workshop, Spring Section Meeting, Fall Section Meeting – and advises NWPPA on which courses to offer member utilities within the IT functional area in a calendar year.

Click here to contact Bonnie McCombs about participating in this committee.

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to view the committee charter.

Marketing/Communications Committee

Thanks for your interest in NWPPA’s NW Regional Marketing Roundtables.

NW Regional Marketing Roundtables are scheduled periodically around the region allowing members to discuss a variety of topics such as: energy efficiency, conservation, renewable energy, marketing new products and services, key account activities, customer communication and new communication technologies.

For more information or to find out how to participate contact Arnie Winkler at (360) 816-1445 or arnie@nwppa.org.

Northwest Communications and Energy Innovations Conference Committee
This committee meets to develop and coordinate an annual conference targeted to marketing, communication, and energy efficiency staff. The committee meets in Vancouver, Wash., in January, as well as via conference calls three to five times each year to plan the NIC. The conference is held every September in various locations. Committee membership is open to all utility members.

If you are interested in participating in this committee, please contact Arnie Winkler at (360) 816-1445 or arnie@nwppa.org.

Power Supply Workshop Planning Committee

Thank you for your interest in NWPPA’s Power Supply Workshop Planning Committee.

PURPOSE: The primary purpose of the Power Supply Planning Committee is to plan, organize, and host the Power Supply Workshop on an annual basis.

MEMBERS: The Committee consists of volunteers who are employed by NWPPA member utilities and organizations affiliated with NWPPA. Members will represent the areas of power supply acquisition, power scheduling, power marketing, and other power supply functions on both utility and supplier fronts. The committee will have no more than 40% of its members drawn from NWPPA Associate Member organizations.

COMMITTEE RESPONSIBILITIES: In order to be effective, it is important that everyone on the committee participates and contributes as much as possible to a successful workshop. The following is a brief outline of committee members’ responsibilities.

Committee Responsibilities preparing for the Workshop:

  1. Attend Committee planning meetings. There will be one organizational meeting for the committee usually in the summer and held at the NWPPA offices in Vancouver, Washington. All of the remaining meetings will be by conference calls unless the committee agrees to additional in person meetings.
  2. Help identify meeting location, establish workshop dates and develop the workshop agenda and other logistical details.
  3. Help secure speakers/presenters as necessary – and follow-up with them to in conference call to coordinate panel discussions, obtain biographies, and handout materials for workshop attendees.
  4. Be willing to participate in ad hoc committees and follow up on other details for a successful workshop.

Committee Responsibilities at the Workshop:

  1. Hosting, leading or moderating workshop sessions. These responsibilities are discussed during the workshop planning conference calls and reviewed prior to the start of the workshop on the first morning of the workshop.
  2. Participating in all events at the workshop.

Because this committee is voluntary, it is understandable that from time to time committee members will be unable to attend meetings. In order for the committee to function with full effectiveness, participation by all committee members is necessary, and encouraged. In the event a committee member is unable to continue serving, they will be asked to find a replacement for themselves on the committee to represent their assigned workshop sessions.

OTHER ACTIVITIES: The Planning Committee may also serve as an advisor to NWPPA staff in identifying training needs in the functional areas represented by this workshop.

Click here to view the committee charter.

For additional information on participating on this committee, contact Scott Lowry at slowry@nwppa.org (360) 816-1448.

Utility 3 Cs Workshop Planning Committee

Thanks for your interest in the Utility 3 C’s Workshop Planning Committee!

This planning committee provides staff with suggestions for workshop agenda topics and speakers for the annual Utility 3 C’s Workshop that is held in the fall of each year. This workshop is an expansion of the former Credit & Collection Workshop and now includes the Customer Service function as well. Committee members also take an active part in the workshop development and delivery by contacting potential speakers, introducing sessions, and providing staff with logistical support during the workshop sessions.

For additional information on participating on this committee, contact Bonnie McCombs at (360) 816-1446 or bonnie@nwppa.org

Finance, Accounting, Rates and Economics Committee

Thank you for your interest in NWPPA’s Finance, Accounting, Rates and Economics Workshop Committee.

The FARE Workshop is held to address issues of interest to member systems in the areas of finance, accounting, rates and economics. The committee develops the workshop agenda, contacts speakers identified as subject matter experts in the selected topics and actively participates in the delivery of the workshop by introducing speakers and moderating panel discussions.

For additional information on participating on this committee, contact Arnie Winkler at (360) 816-1445 or arnie@nwppa.org.

Training and Workforce Development Committee

Thank you for your interest in NWPPA’s Training & Workforce Development Committee.

PURPOSE: The primary purpose is to actively involve members in shaping and creatingthe training and workforce development programs and events that NWPPA delivers. Make recommendations to staff on training initiatives that will help utilities understand and manage key issues dealing with:

  • A minimum of twelve (12) functional training areas within the electric utility industry
  • Attraction and Retention strategies for member utilities and associate members, as well as, retirements and the changing workforce

MEMBERS: The Committee shall consist of no less than ten (10) representatives who are members in good standing and employed by NWPPA Utility or Associate members. Membership of this committee will be by appointment of the NWPPA Board president, by invitation of the Director of Education & Training or by member self nomination. The Committee roster will be reviewed and approved annually by the Board of Trustees at the Association’s fall Board meeting. The Committee will also annually elect a chair and vice chair at the fall Board meeting.

COMMITTEE RESPONSIBILITIES: In order to be effective, it is important that everyone on the committee participates and contributes as much as possible. The following is a brief outline of committee members’ responsibilities.
Committee Responsibilities:

1. Attend Committee meetings. There will be one meeting each year held in conjunction with the NWPPA Board of Trustee meeting held in March of each year. At least two teleconference meetings will be held in mid-summer and late
fall or early winter.

2. Committee members participate as representatives of their respective organizations and as subject matter experts for their functional area, as well as providing an overall perspective of the training and workforce development issues facing the consumer-owned electric utility industry.

3. Strongly advocate NWPPA events to colleagues and with other members.

Click here to view the committee charter

For additional information on participating on this committee, contact Arnie Winkler at arnie@nwppa.org (360) 816-1445.

Administrative Professionals Planning Committee

Thank you for your interest in NWPPA’s Administrative Professionals Planning Committee.

This is the first “virtual” committee for the Association. Each year this committee recommends topics for the annual workshop, suggests workshop locations, and makes contact with potential speakers. Once a year, at the workshop itself, the committee meets in person and assists with the delivery of the workshop by contacting speakers, introducing workshop sessions and facilitating the networking activities during the workshop.

For additional information on participating on this committee, contact Jenny Keesey at jennifer@nwppa.org (360) 816-1458.