Public Power Forum

Energy Northwest's annual Public Power Forum is an opportunity for public power member utilities to congregate and listen to speakers on regional and national energy events and issues; and discuss solutions to key challenges.

This year's forum will be held on Oct. 25, 2018 at the TRAC in Pasco, Wash.


Here’s a sneak-peak at the topics:

Keynote opener Phil Jones, Phil Jones Consulting; former Washington Utilities and Transportation Commission regulator, will address growing interest by our members in the future of the distribution grid and evolving regulation, as well as the role of utilities in transforming the electric vehicle market.
A cyber security session with Matt Gibson, technical executive, Electric Power Research Institute, will look ahead at the threat to our industry and how we can leverage today’s cyber events to shape a secure future.
Our final session on cryptocurrency and data mining will address the load and cost challenges presented by this current craze, and how some Washington utilities are responding.
Moderator:      Tim Nies,
General Manager, Energy Services & Development, Energy Northwest
Panelists:        Paul Skare,
Chief of Cyber Security and Technical Group Manager,
                        Pacific Northwest National Laboratory
                        Kevin Nordt, General Manager, Grant PUD
                        Chad Bartram, General Manager, Benton PUD

Friday Tour:


The following morning will present a unique opportunity to tour the historic B Reactor, where Enrico Fermi and other brilliant scientists produced plutonium for the Manhattan Project. The tour tells the story of the people, events, science and engineering that led to the creation of the atomic bombs that helped bring an end to World War II, as well as the consequences and legacy of the Manhattan Project.


*Space for the B Reactor tour will be limited to the first 40 guests that RSVP.


Click here to register.