2018 NEPPA Annual Conference

Sea Crest Beach Hotel, N. Falmouth, MA
August 19 - 22, 2018


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NEPPA's 2018 Annual Conference will be held August 19 - 22 at the Sea Crest Beach Hotel (350 Quaker Road, North Falmouth, MA 02556).  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.


Click here to download the Conference Program (updated 6/7/2018).


Sunday, August 19, 2018

1:30 pm  Member Value Committee Meeting (Closed)

2:00 pm  Advocacy & Reporting Committee Meeting (Closed)

2:00 pm  Registration Opens, Idea Wall, Sponsor Set-Up

6:00 pm  Opening Reception

7:00 pm  Dinner on Your Own



Monday, August 20, 2018

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

8:00 am    Keynote Address:  Collaboration & Innovation - Future of Utilities
                 by Arlen Orchard, SMUD


9:45 am    Rapid Rates of Change, Forecasting Failures and Why the Value of Optionality Has Never Been Higher
                 by Peter Kelly-Detwiler, NorthBridge Energy Partners, LLC

                 Opportunities & Improvements Roundtable


11:00 am  100% Renewables & Cost Effectiveness of Energy Storage
                 by Sean Hamilton, Sterling Municipal Light Department

                 Influencers & Disruptors Roundtable


12:00 pm  Lunch & Visit with Sponsors


1:00 pm    Future Outlook of EVs
                 by Bill Bottiggi, Braintree Electric Light Department

                 Supply & Demand Roundtable
Faciliated by Peter Kelly-Detwiler, NorthBridge Energy Partners, LLC


2:30 pm    Impact of Distributed Energy Resources on Transmission System Reliability
                 by David Forrest, ISO-NE

                 Developing Leaders for the Future Roundtable
   Facilitated by Jackie Crowley, Middleborough Gas & Electric Dept.


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

6:00 pm    Networking Recption

6:00 pm    Children's Program

7:00 pm    Awards Dinner - Deadline for nominations is Monday, July 30th. Click here to submit your nomination!



Tuesday, August 21, 2018

7:00 am    Breakfast

8:00 am    Legislative Update
                 by Elizabeth Whitney, Meguire Whitney, LLC

                 Commissioner's Roundtable


9:15 am    Communication is Key: Using Social Media to Connect with Customers
                 by Destenie Vital, Burlington Electric Department

                 Roundtable Discussion


10:30 am   Net Metering & Distributed Generation 
by New Hampshire Electric Cooperative


11:30 am   Box Lunch

1:00 pm     Benevolent Fund Activities (Golf Tournament & Tour of Cape Cod)

7:00 pm     George's Bank Buffet - Dinner in the Courtyard

9:00 pm     Ice Cream Social & Tournament Awards *

 * Note the schedule change.  


Wednesday, August 22, 2018

7:00 am     Breakfast

9:00 am     NEPPA Board of Directors Meeting

11:00 am   Finance Committee Meeting (Closed)

11:00 am   Conference Adjourns


 Click here to download the Conference Program (updated 6/7/2018).


Thank you to our Conference Sponsors!


Diamond Sponsors:


Duncas Allen


Platinum Sponsors:


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Gold Sponsors:


crc logo   TransCOR logo 300Res   Online Utility Exchange     CENTURY LOGO    Northline Utilities logo     tcilogo.HighRes



Silver Sponsors:


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Bronze Sponsors:


Convergent Logo   kandplogo2



AS OF 7/10/2018: The Sea Crest Beach Hotel no longer has rooms available.

To make your overnight accommodations, please contact the hotel directly and mention you're with the Northeast Public Power Association or NEPPA 2018 to get the rate.  Rooms and rates are held until Thursday, July 19, 2018. 

Sea Crest Beach Hotel - $280/night + tax
350 Quaker Road
North Falmouth, MA 02556
(800) 225-3110

 You may also visit www.seacrestbeachhotel.com and use the Group Code: 10A2Y4.


As of July 10th, the following hotels still have availability for approximately the same rate per night.   If you need overnight accommodations, please contact any of the following nearby hotels ASAP:

The Coonamessett (5.7 miles)
311 Gifford Street
Falmouth, MA 02540
(508) 548-2300 - or - www.thecoonamessett.com


Inn on the Square (5.7 miles)
40 North Main Street
Falmouth, MA 02540
(508) 457-0606 - or - www.innonthesquare.com


Treehouse Lodge (9.2 miles)
527 Woods Hole Road
Falmouth, MA 02540
(508) 548-1986 - or - www.mytreehouselodge.com



Attendee Registration

Attendee Registration fees include attendance to sessions, receptions, meals and programs.  Guests and children are welcome and should register accordingly.  Attending the Awards Dinner?  Be sure to make your menu selection!


Benevolent Fund Activities require an additional registration fee and may be billed separately.  


  • Utility Member - $700 ea.
  • First Corporate Member (one complimentary registration) - Contact NEPPA
  • Additional Corporate Member(s) - $750 ea.
  • Associate Member(s) - $750 ea.
  • Non-Member - $1,000 ea.
  • Monday, Aug. 20th ONLY (Member/Non-Member) - $300/$500 ea.
  • Tuesday, Aug. 21st ONLY (Member/Non-Member) - $300/$500 ea.
  • Guest or Child 17+ - $200 ea.
  • Child Under 17 - $125 ea.


Click here to download the Attendee Registration Form or Click the "Register Now" button to complete your form online.


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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 (see benefits below).  Display tables are set-up in common areas to be visited during lunch, breaks and receptions. 


Silver, Gold and Platinum Level Sponsorships also include attendance for one company representative.


Sponsor Benefits


Sponsor Opps



Ready to secure your sponsorship?  Please click the "Sponsor Registration" below or Click here to download the Sponsor Registration Form


Click here to download the Sponsor FAQ.


NOTE: Sponsor registration is now CLOSED.
Please contact NEPPA directly at (978) 540-2200 for sponsorship opportunities



Benevolent Fund Activities 

On Tuesday, August 21st, NEPPA will hold two 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.


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


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Ready to register?  Click here to download the Benevolent Fund Activities Registration Form.




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