Our Members Are Our Top Priority
Dennis Vermillion, President, Avista Corp.
Western Energy Institute (WEI) facilitates valuable, direct connections between electric and natural gas industry professionals. We lay all the groundwork and orchestrate discussions to enable collaboration and foster dialogues between extremely well-defined professional roles. Our support empowers like-minded professionals to connect regularly with their counterparts at other companies handling similar on-the-job issues.
Through committees, member-driven programs, forums, and relaxing symposiums, members receive a wide range of access not only to valuable networking opportunities but also to education, collaboration, and training opportunities.
Essentially, we’re relationship builders—delivering an open, member-driven learning environment to develop effective leaders and ensure that employees are well trained and informed.
Western Energy® is the voice of Western Energy Institute’s 800+ volunteers and members, providing best practices, solutions and conversations about the most pressing business and operational challenges facing electric and gas industries serving the Western United States and Canada.
Wondering who makes WEI tick? Come browse the highly skilled, member-focused team that goes out of its way to make utilities and service companies feel welcome and involved—or stop by our Portland, Oregon, office and let us buy you a cup of overpriced coffee.
WEI is the premier western North American association of energy companies, with nearly our entire market share of potential members filled. We implement strategic, member-driven forums, identify critical industry issues, facilitate dynamic and timely employee development opportunities and support member relationships. We are committed to helping our members thrive in increasingly competitive energy markets.
Based in Portland, Oregon, WEI was formed in 2000 from two extremely well-established industry associations—the Western Electric Power Institute (WEPI) founded in 1908 and the Pacific Coast Gas Association (PCGA) founded in 1893. Currently, WEI’s membership is composed of 80 energy companies, including gas pipeline, electric and gas distribution, electric generation, power marketers, and more than 220 industry service providers.View Programs