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Women in Public Power Conference Returns

Northwest Public Power Association is hosting this in-person conference in Reno NV on February 8-9, 2023. Ms. Ryan will be a guest speaker on the topic "Make Your Career Electric".  For more about the agenda and conference speakers, see Women in Public Power.

Utility Management Certificate Program 

This leadership development offering is a certificated program, hosted through Willamette University's business school, the Atkinson School of Management.  it has been running since 2005 and is a unique university-level program designed for the utility industry's rising utility leaders.  Aether's managing partner is the program director and may be contacted for more information.  For more information see UMC Program.

Developing Your Department’s Strategic Plan

Organizations find that corporate level strategic plans are far more successful when supported by, and executed through, department strategic planning. Further, strong department strategic planning better aligns workgroups to the utility’s vision, mission, and strategic goals, as department leaders can provide a critical line of sight for employees.  


Ms. Ryan teaches department strategic planning through NWPPA in regional training classes. Attendees apply strategic planning principles to department strategic plans with peers from other companies.  Ms. Ryan also provides customized strategic planning to organizations through consulting and coaching services. Contact us for more information.  Click here for Aether's recent article "Add Department Strategic Planning to Your Utility's Strategy".

Electric Utility Business Fundamentals


This program is taught by Julie Ryan and held regularly by the Northwest Public Power Association as a regional  online and in-person class. The content covers emerging utility trends; generation, transmission and distribution; regulation and rates; utility finance; customer engagement, and workforce topics.  The next class will be offered March 31-April 1, 2022 through NWPPA.


Companies may also request a customized in-house training, focused on their organization's landscape.  For more information on regional classes or customized in-house programs, contact us.











Julie Ryan Joins Entrion Wind Advisory Board

Entrion Wind  established an advisory board to guide the company and accelerate the development of the offshore wind energy FRP Monopile™ technology.

The board consists of five members, including the CEO and four external board members. “We are pleased to welcome Morten Tobias LindKnut Eriksen, Mike Rydin, and Julie Ryan to our advisory board to guide the company. The board members bring diverse experience from offshore wind, technology, corporate finance and strategy, and offshore engineering and project management/development. I am excited to work with the board to accelerate the development of the FRP monopile™ design”, said Eivind Johnsen, Entrion Wind, CEO.

Morten Tobias Lind, technical director at Copenhagen Offshore Partners said, "The FRP Monopile™ technology has the potential to shape the future of the offshore wind industry by extending the operating depth of the monopile to over 80 meters. I look forward to working with the board and management team to mature and de-risk the FRP technology for commercial deployment”.

Knut Eriksen added, “Renewable energy is rapidly growing and offshore wind will be a critical resource in the supply of clean energy. Technology and innovation will be key components in making offshore wind energy successful. I believe Entrion Wind's ingenuity and creativity in developing the FRP concept will drive down costs and bring operating efficiency to offshore wind developments”.

With our completed feasibility study and filed patents, we are planning our FRP Monopile™ demonstration project for 2023. Visit Entrion Wind for more information about the FRP monopile.

NWPPA Board of Trustees

​Managing Partner Julie Ryan is a member of the Board of Trustees, representing ~300 non-utility member companies. She began her three year term in Fall 2019.








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