2019 NEPPA Annual Conference

Omni Mount Washington, Bretton Woods, NH
August 18 - 21, 2019


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NEPPA's 2019 Annual Conference will be held August 18 - 21 at the Omni Mount Washington Resort (310 Mt. Washington Hotel Road, Bretton Woods, NH 03575).  Join your professional colleagues for 3 days of educational sessions, roundtables, networking, sponsor exhibits, and more!



Agenda details are still being finalized and are therefore subject to change.


Sunday, August 18, 2019

3:00 pm  Member Value Committee Meeting 

2:00 pm  Advocacy & Reporting Committee Meeting 

2:00 pm  Registration Opens, Idea Wall

6:00 pm  Opening Reception

7:00 pm  Welcome BBQ & Games on the Lawn


Monday, August 19, 2019

7:00 am    Registration, Idea Wall, Sponsor Set-Up, Breakfast

8:00 am    Keynote Address:

Light Up Navajo Nation 
by Walter Haase, Navajo Tribal Utility Authority; Alex Hoffmann, American Public Power Association;
Sean Hamilton, Sterling Municipal Light Department.

9:45 am    Breakout Sessions

General Session:

Threat Briefing & Protecting the Grid: What You Need to Know
by To Be Announced.



Broadband as a Utility
Facilitated by: Jeff Cady, Chicopee Electric Light Department; Sean Fitzgerald, South Hadley Electric Light Department



Panel: The Cost of Transmssion - Cause & Effect
Facilitated by Patty Richards, Washington Electric Cooperative
Panelists: John Twitty, Transmission Access Policy Study Group (TAPS); Steve Kaminski, New Hampshire Electric Coop.;
Brian Evans-Mongeon, Utility Services, Inc.

11:00 am  Breakout Sessions

General Session:

                        Other People’s Money: A Short Review of State (and Federal) Ethics Requirements for Public Power Managers

by John Coyle, Duncan & Allen



Generation - The Changing Landscape
Panelists: Municipal Wholesale Electric Company (MMWEC); Justin Connell, Connecticut Municipal Electric Energy Cooperative (CMEEC);
Ken Nolan, Vermont Public Power Supply Authority (VPPSA)



Climate Initiatives Panel
Facilitated by: To Be Announced
Panelists: Darren Springer, Burlington Electric Department; Jeremy Clark, New Hampshire Electric Cooperative;
Alex Hofmann, American Public Power Association (APPA)

12:00 pm  Lunch & Visit with Sponsors

1:00 pm   Breakout Sessions

                  General Session: 

                         Remote Grid Project - Isle au Haut, Maine
                         by Sam Chamberlin, Secretary, Isle au Haut Electric Power Company Board of Directors


                        Crisis Communication
                        Facilitated by Trish Waugh, Town of Stowe - Electric Department


                        Capacity Markets 101 Panel 
                        Facilitated by Bonnie Biocchi

                        Panelists: John Tzimorangas, ENE; Paul Heanue, Hingham Municipal Lighting Plant;
                        Ken Nolan, Vermont Public Power Supply Authority (VPPSA); Brian Forshaw, Energy Market Advisors, LLC

2:30 pm    Breakout Session 

                         General Session: 

The Public Power Story & Mission in the 21st Century 
by Sue Kelly, President & CEO, American Public Power Association (APPA)


3:45 pm    Business Meeting - NEPPA Board of Directors Election

6:00 pm    Children's Program

6:00 pm    Networking Recption

7:00 pm    Awards Dinner - Deadline for nominations is Friday, July 26th. Click here to submit your nomination!


Tuesday, August 20, 2019

7:00 am    Registration, Idea Wall, Breakfast

8:00 am   General Session: 

Legislative Update 
by Jackson Droney, Meguire Whitney, LLC

8:45 am   Exploit the Benefits of Data with Limited Budget: 

                 by Kevin Kelly, Groton Electric Light Department

Legislative Update 
by Jackson Droney, Meguire Whitney, LLC


9:15 am     General Manager's Roundtable:

Mutual Aid Agreement 
Moderated by: John Tzimorangas, ENE
Presented by: NEPPA Mutual Aid Committee & Scott Edwards, Mutual Aid Director, Northeast Public Power Association      


    Crisis Communications 

    Trish Waugh Town of Stowe Electric Dept, TBA


     Commissioner's Roundtable      


10:30 am   General Session:

Panel: Securing Your Future: How to Attract, Retain, & Manage a Diverse and Intergenerational Workforce 
Panelists: Chris Roy, Belmont Municipal Light Department; Patty Richards, Washington Electric Cooperative; Todd Shea, Kennebunk Light & Power District

11:30 am   Box Lunch

12:30 pm     Benevolent Fund Activities:

Golf Tournament - Shotgun Start 1:00 pm

Cog Railway Tour - SOLD OUT 

Upper Falls Nature Walk

7:00 pm     Dinner 

9:00 pm     Social & Tournament Awards 


Wednesday, August 21, 2019

7:00 am     Farewell Breakfast

9:00 am     NEPPA Board of Directors Meeting

11:00 am   Conference Adjourns


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Attendee Registration Fees 

Utility Member/ Commissioner $700 each

First Corporate Member (one complimentary registration) – Contact NEPPA

Additional Corporate Member/ Associate Member $750 each

Non-Member $1,000 each

Monday, Aug. 19th ONLY (Member/Non-Member) $300/$500 each

Tuesday, Aug. 20th ONLY (Member/Non-Member) $300/$500 each

Guest or Child 17+ $200 each

Child Under 17 $125 each

Award Dinner Only Guest $100 each


Click here to download printable registration



To make your overnight accommodations, please contact the hotel directly and mention you're with the Northeast Public Power Association or NEPPA 2019 to get the rate.  Rooms and rates are held until Friday, July 19, 2019. 


Omni Mount Washington Resort  - $299/night + tax
310 Mt Washington Hotel Road 
Bretton Woods, NH 03575 
(888) 347-2319


          To call Hotel Direct for Reservations :  1-603-278-8406   



Sponsor Registration

NEPPA's Annual Conference does not have a formal exhibit hall, instead display tables are included in 3 of the 4 sponsorship levels  Display tables are set-up in common areas to be visited during lunch, breaks and receptions.  *Display table space is limited, participants will be accepted on a first-come, first-served basis.       




New this year Additional Golf Tournament Sponsorships (18) Golf Hole $125 each (1-18)  



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Click here to download printable sponsorship registration form



Benevolent Fund Activities 

On Tuesday, August 20 th, NEPPA will hold three different off-site activites to support the Benevolent Fund.  Registration fees cover the cost of attendance and all proceeds are donated to the Benevolent Fund. 


What is the Benevolent Fund?

Every day, public power utilities are engaged in the demanding and often dangerous task of providing safe, reliable electric power to their communities at the lowest possible cost.  As with any large family, the New England public power community is sometimes faced with unexpected tragedies: disabling accidents, sudden and prolonged illnesses, and even the tragic loss of life. 


As a family, public power systems in New England have always rallied to provide support when tragedy strikes, donating time, skills and financial resources to assist during a period of need.


NEPPA's Benevolent Fund was established to continue this tradition.  All funds raised and received are designated to be disbursed to public power employees, or their families, undergoing financial difficulties due to personal injury, illness or death. 


All public power employees in New England are eligible to receive assistance from the Fund.  Disbursements are approved by NEPPA's Executive Committee.



Do you know of someone in need of assistance?  Please contact NEPPA's Executive Director by calling the office at (978) 540-2200.  Formal requests should be submitted in writing from a utility general manager or board.


The Mount Washington Cog Railway Activity is SOLD OUT!





Click here to download the Benevolent Fund Activities registration form


Registration for Benevolent Fund Activities is non-refundable, but substitutions may be made at any time.





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