2022 NPA Annual Conference

August 30-31, 2022
Younes Conference Center South, 416 W Talmadge Rd, Kearney, NE.
The Evolving Energy Landscape

Tuesday, August 30
10:00 a.m.     Conference Registration Desk Opens

11:00 a.m.     Welcome Remarks & Introduction

                       Stan Clouse, Mayor of Kearney

                       Nebraska Power Association President, Neal Suess, President & Chief Executive Officer, Loup Power District

11:15 a.m.     Southwest Power Pool: Overview & Operations Update

                       Lanny Nickell, Executive Vice President & Chief Operating Officer, Southwest Power Pool

12:00 p.m.     Lunch Buffet

                      Navigating Supply Chain Disruption

                       Matt Gilliland, Director of Operations Support & Business Continuity, Nebraska Public Power District

1:15 p.m.       Broadband Challenges & Opportunities

                       Brad Moline, President & Chief Executive Officer, ALLO Communications

                       Andy Pollock, Attorney, Rembolt Ludtke

                       Aaron Bennett, Vice President of Broadband Development, NRTC

                       Moderator: Pat Pope, Former President & Chief Executive Officer, Nebraska Public Power District

2:15 p.m.       Break

2:30 p.m.       "The Rapidly Evolving Power Grid"
                        Peter Kelly-Detwiler – Energy Expert, Strategic Consultant, Industry Storyteller

5:30 p.m.       Social Hour

6:30 p.m.       Dinner & Entertainment

                       Fleet Street Barbershop Quartet [Ranked 15th in the world at the Barbershop Harmony Society’s International Quartet Contest]

Wednesday, August 31
8:00 a.m.       Conference Registration Desk Opens

8:00 a.m.       Building an Energy Workforce During Utility Transformation

                       Nina Swanson, Director, Organizational Development, Omaha Public Power District

9:00 a.m.       Federal Legislative Update

                       Hill Thomas, Vice President of Legislative Affairs, National Rural Electric Cooperative Association

                       Desmarie Waterhouse, Vice President of Government Relations & Counsel, American Public Power Association

                       Moderator: Seth Voyles, Manager of Government Relations, Omaha Public Power District

9:45 a.m.      Partnerships on the Prairie: Securing Nebraska's Critical Infrastructure

                       Dustin Thorne, Security Manager, Technology Services, Lincoln Electric System

10:30 a.m.     Ensuring Reliability & Resource Adequacy For Nebraska

                       Chuck Hutchison, Vice Chairman, Nebraska Power Review Board

                       Kevin Wailes, Chief Executive Officer, Lincoln Electric System

                       Robert Poehling, Executive Director & Chief Executive Officer, NMPP Energy

                       Tom Kent, Chief Executive Officer, Nebraska Public Power District

                       Rick Nelson, Interim General Manager, Nebraska Rural Electric Association

                       Javier Fernandez, President & Chief Executive Officer, Omaha Public Power District

                       Moderator: Michael Degan, Attorney, Kutak Rock

12:00 p.m.     Adjourn

Hotel Reservations

For reservations, call the Fairfield Inn at 308-236-4200 or the Comfort Inn at 308-236-3400 and ask for the Nebraska Power Association group block. The group rate is $129.95 and is available until July 30, 2022.

2022 NPA Annual Conference Registration Form (PDF for mailing a check)

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