annual meeting 2024

Agenda

Sunday, May 12

Noon

Golf Tournament (Bonneville Golf Course)

Team tee times will start at noon.

Monday, May 13

8:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m.

Pre-conference class: The What, Why, and How of Board Governance

(separate registration required)

8:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m.

Pre-conference class: What to Say (or Not Say) to the Media

(separate registration required)

8:30-11:30 a.m.

Government Relations Committee Meeting

Open to all members

1:30-4:30 p.m.

NWPPA Board of Trustees meeting

5-6:30 p.m.

NWPPA Welcome Reception

Hosted by Diamond Sponsor CoBank

Tuesday, May 14

Need a new headshot for your website, newsletter, or LinkedIn page? Then stop by the Pioneer Utility Resources booth today or tomorrow to have one taken. Thanks to Pioneer’s gold sponsorship, all headshots are free!

7-8 a.m.

Breakfast and exhibits

Breakfast hosted by Silver Sponsor Meridian Cooperative

8-10 a.m.

Spouse/companion hospitality room

8-9:30 a.m.

Welcome and keynote speaker

Welcome from NWPPA: Kurt Miller, Executive Director, NWPPA

Welcome to Utah: Mason Baker, CEO/General Manager, Utah Associated Municipal Power Systems (UAMPS)); and Congressman John Curtis (UT-03)

Keynote speaker

Maj. Gen. Vinny Boles, Retired Army Major, Supply Chain Expert

Hosted by Diamond Sponsor NRUCFC

Using his over four decades worth of military logistical experience, work in the commercial sector, academia and executive coaching to the DOD, Major General Boles illustrates the lessons from previous historical challenges providing attendees “news they can use” as they work to address their supply chain challenges and opportunities.

9:30-10 a.m.

Winter’s Sting: Emerald PUD’s Journey to Restoration After an Unprecedented Ice Storm

Speaker: Kyle Roadman, General Manager, Emerald PUD

In January 2024, Emerald PUD in Lane County, Oregon, was hit with a massive ice storm that devastated the utility’s distribution system. The numbers are staggering: 80% of its system impacted, 400 broken poles, the loss of nearly every substation feed, a low of just 2 MW of system load, and $11 million in damages. Learn how, despite the massive scale of this event, Emerald was able to respond safely and efficiently while keeping customers on its side.

10-10:20 a.m.

Break and exhibits

Break hosted by Bronze Sponsor The Energy Authority

10:20-11:35 a.m.

How Not to Get Stung by Security Breaches: Cyber, Financial, and Physical

Panelists: Brendan Johnson, Manager of IT, Columbia REA; Julie Desimone, Partner, National Practice Leader—Renewable Energy, Moss Adams; and Joe Wilson, Transmission & Distribution Manager, Tacoma Public Utilities

11:45 a.m.-1:15 p.m.

NWPPA Annual Business Meeting and Lunch

Lunch hosted by Gold Sponsor GDS Associates

Listen to Executive Director Kurt Miller report the association’s achievements for the year, as well as vote on board nominations and policy resolutions.

1:15-2:30 p.m.

New Technology Is All the Buzz

Panelists: Jason Norlen, General Manager, Heber Light & Power; and TBD

Technologies addressed include battery storage, hydrogen, and nuclear fusion.

2:30-2:50 p.m.

Break and exhibits

Break hosted by Bronze Sponsor Cooperative Response Center

2:50-4:15 p.m.

PowerTalks

Five 12-minutes sessions addressing key takeaways from your Human Resources, Engineering, Customer Service, Communications, and Operations departments.

Evening

Dine Around Salt Lake City

Join long-time colleagues and make new connections at one of several local Salt Lake City restaurants. Sign-up sheets will be available at the registration desk.

Wednesday, May 15

7-8 a.m.

Breakfast and exhibits

Hosted by Silver Sponsor CINTAS

8-10 a.m.

Spouse/companion hospitality room

8-9 a.m.

Creating Connection and Engagement Through an Inclusive Business Strategy

Speaker: Dr. Jon Wedding, Program Manager, SMUD; Visiting Assistant Professor, University of the Pacific

9:10-10:25 a.m.

Growth and the Sticky Challenges It Can Create

Panelists: Mark Johnson, General Manager, Flathead Electric Cooperative; and TBD

10:25-10:45 a.m.

Break and exhibits

Hosted by Bronze Sponsor Energy Northwest

10:45-11:55 a.m.

The Legislative Hive

Panelists: Andy Barth, Government Affairs & Community Relations Manager, Inland Power & Light; Michael Rovito, CCC, Deputy Director, Alaska Power Association; and Michael Squires, Director of Government Affairs, Utah Associated Municipal Power Systems (UAMPS)

Moderator: Scott Corwin, CEO, American Public Power Association

Government relations experts from throughout NWPPA’s territory will discuss public power issues being addressed (or not addressed) in D.C.

Noon-1:30 p.m.

Lunchtime presentation: The Power of One

Keynote: Tony Anderson, Board President, NRECA

Take a different look at safety through the loss of a father, loss of a lineworker, and what it is like to grow up without a parent and the impact of simple acts of kindness.

1:30-2:45 p.m.

Get Involved: How to Be a Worker Bee for Public Power

Panelists: Michelle Reimers, General Manager, Turlock Irrigation District; and TBD

Learn different ways our members are advocating for public power and enlisting their customers/members to be a voice for their utilities.

2:45-3:05 p.m.

Break and exhibits

Break hosted by Bronze Sponsor FCS GROUP

3:05-4:05 p.m.

How AI Broke the Electric Grid and How to Fix It

Speaker: Thomas McAndrew, President and CEO, Enchanted Rock

After 20 years of surplus dispatchable generation, grid decarbonization and almost no electric load growth, everything has changed. The growth of intermittent renewable supply and retirement of coal and natural gas generation has collided with the electrification of everything to create grid stress events such as rolling blackouts in California in August 2020, Texas in February 2021, and the eastern U.S. in December 2022. And now massive load growth from AI data centers has pushed the grid to the breaking point. Breathless headlines state the grid is out of power while utilities stop providing new electric service. But there is a fix that is faster and lower cost than most realize.

5-6 p.m.

President’s reception

Hosted by Diamond Sponsor GridLiance

6-9 p.m.

Awards banquet and entertainment

Banquet hosted by Platinum Sponsor Powerex

Entertainment hosted by Gold Sponsor NISC

Pre-conference Event

Join us for a fun afternoon of golfing and networking with your public power peers! This year’s scramble will be held at the beautiful Bonneville Golf Course. Registration includes greens fees and cart rental. 

Pre-conference classes

As someone who governs a public utility, you carry a significant responsibility. The services your utility provides are critical in consumers’ lives. Ensuring the operations are well managed and appropriate is a top priority. Just as important is how you approach monitoring, evaluating, and executing priorities. 

Do you really know what it takes to be interviewed in today’s digital world? From what to do when a customer, or “concerned citizen,” puts a cellphone in your face and hits record, to how to control the narrative of a traditional media interview, to how to survive the “gotcha” questions we all fear!