Become a Member

How Do I Become a Member?

Northwest Public Power Association was founded in 1939 to serve the collective interests of cooperatives, public and people’s utility districts, municipalities and mutual public power utilities throughout the Northwest, including Alaska and British Columbia. As a not-for-profit membership organization, once a utility joins, all employees of that utility may participate in the Associations’ programs.

Membership investment is calculated by a formula based on your system’s retail kilowatt-hour sales, number of active meters, and the number of employees at your utility. If you would like to know more about NWPPA utility membership, or receive a membership calculation, email, 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 is a premier workforce development and education provider for public power in the Northwest. Each year NWPPA trains thousands of employees and board members offering over 200 training events, workshops, and conferences. The Association keeps abreast of its member training needs through a member-driven committee structure. Courses are offered in most functional utility operation areas, including engineering, operations, customer service, accounting, and leadership. Webinars are offered for members throughout the year covering current events and issues in the utility industry. In addition, NWPPA offers board and management training to meet the demands of operating a utility on behalf of a utility’s constituency. NWPPA’s four major conferences, issue forums, and Annual Meeting are recognized as some of the best topical and timely events in support of public power 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, and roundtables are a key components of your utility’s employee succession plan. These 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 committees are: Government Relations; Information Technology; Power Supply; Customer Service, Credit and Collections; Power Supply; Administrative Assistant; Alaska Utility Conference; Engineering & Operations; and Northwest Communication & Energy Innovations. Task Forces include the Environmental Task Force.


Members receive the region’s only industry-specific monthly magazine. The Bulletin is a full-color magazine packed with industry- and member-related features, rotating topic-specific columns, updates, personnel changes, job opportunities, and news about NWPPA events. NWPPA also produces the annual Northwest Electric Utility Directory. It is 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 eBulletin electronic 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 its members on regional issues at the federal level. We employ a local and federal lobbyist to represent our members’ interests in Washington, D.C., working closely with NWPPA’s 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 the industry. These public power resolutions communicate our members’ positions to legislators and other important audiences and interest groups. As a member, you have the opportunity to propose resolutions 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 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 and legislators on key public power issues.


Information is power, and in today’s 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.

Utility Membership Investment

Your membership investment is calculated from a three-factor formula that comprised of: retail kilowatt hour sales, number of retail meters, and number of employees. To receive a membership calculation sheet, please contact Dawn Stimson at or call (360) 816-1442.

Why Become an Associate Member?

Membership provides the opportunity to increase sales. Exhibit or network at our many conferences, workshops, and forums. For example, our annual Engineering & Operations Conference brings together operations managers, engineering and linecrew employees, and businesses allied with the industry and offers exhibiting and speaking opportunities. Exhibiting at our annual meeting also provides opportunities to show your products and services to utility board members and general managers — the utility decision makers. Opportunities to increase sales are many!

Membership gives you access to our many conferences and workshops. We offer more than 200 training and education opportunities each year. Associate members can register for selected conferences or classes at the member rate. Many times, the amount you pay for an associate membership more than off-sets the difference between a member/non-member registration fee.

Associate Member Benefits
  • 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.
Utility Membership Area

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Associate Member Investment Structure

The associate member investment structure for 2017 is based upon the total size of your organization (as measured by the total number of employees employed).

  • 1 to 4 employees — Investment are $575/yr.
  • 5 or more employees — Investment 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 investment rate

Your organization will not be entitled to membership benefits until payment for investment 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 or (360) 254-0109.

How to Join

To join click on the membership form button below and download the membership form and fax or email to NWPPA at (360) 254-5731 or NWPPA will contact you for payment information.