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. 31, 2019 at the Three Rivers Convention Center in Kennewick, Wash.

Designed with Northwest energy professionals in mind, please join us in Kennewick for a series of forward-thinking presentations, punctuated by personal opportunities to meet and share ideas among your peers. Our topics include a focus on the impact of clean energy legislation on electric utilities.

Here’s a sneak-peak at the topics:

Carol Browner, who served as EPA Administrator for President Clinton and Director of the White House Office of Energy and Climate Change for President Obama, will deliver a keynote address providing a “National Perspective on Nuclear Power.” She will speak to the vital role of nuclear energy in reducing carbon emissions and addressing climate change.

As “Chief Instigation Agent” for E Source, Bill LeBlanc brings fun style and energy expertise to deliver The Energy World is Radically Transforming: Are Utilities Up for the Challenge? Bill is known for his Power Walking videos where, as a “man on the street”, he talks to people about what they know about energy and their utilities. He will discuss how we can design our own future in ways that make our customers successful.

A panel of key policymakers and state officials will discuss Washington’s Clean Energy Transformation Act (S.B. 5116), including an overview of the transformative law’s major policy provisions, the future of energy generation in Washington and the northwest, state plans to achieve 100% carbon-free electric generation by 2045, upcoming rulemakings and activities, and future clean energy policies under consideration by state policymakers.

  • Moderator: Jason Herbert, Government Affairs Director, Energy Northwest
  • Panelists: Dave Danner, Chair, Washington Utilities and Transportation Commission; Lauren McCloy, Sr. Policy Advisor on Energy, Office of Governor Jay Inslee; Dave Arbaugh, Partner, Arbaugh & Associates

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.

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