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Annual Meeting

Meets annually in September. This three-day event brings together the gas and electric utility executive community to encourage discussion and foster new opportunities. This program is intended for executive level leadership and emerging leaders, as well as professionals responsible for company strategy, and is open to all members
Leadership Summits

Board of Directors

Meets biannually in January. This event combines a full day of panels and networking opportunities with our semi-annual WEI Board business meeting. Participation is restricted to current board members and special invited guests to ensure a diverse mix of industry representation and perspectives as our members build meaningful relationships that increase understanding and accelerate progress.
Leadership Summits

Business Acumen for Emerging Leaders

Runs February - September. This year-long program is designed by a utility-driven Curriculum Development Team, and directed by facilitators, and executive and alumni mentors. The program concludes with a capstone project which is delivered to industry leaders at the WEI Annual Meeting. Participants build a broad peer network that continues well into their future careers. This program is reserved for energy members and Platinum and Gold service company members.
Executive Forums

Chief Information Officer

Meets biannually in March + September. This biannual forum provides a unique opportunity for utility CIOs to come together in an exclusive peer-to-peer environment to network and share best practices. Participation is restricted to Chief Information Officers or senior leaders responsible for the management of their utility’s technology and information systems at WEI member energy companies.
Industry Forums

Claims + Damage Recovery

Meets annually in April. This annual program focuses on sharing best practices and building relationships with other leaders in claims and collection management and offers insights from guest speakers who have been expert witnesses in claims investigations. Participants will learn about and discuss issues common to Western utilities such as fire and storm recoveries, inverse condemnation, settlement and negotiations, and proper record keeping from industry professionals. This program is open to both WEI members and non-members.
Executive Forums

Corporate Communications

Meets biannually in February + September. This biannual forum provides an exclusive, collaborative space for leaders in corporate communications to discuss these challenges and exchange best practices. Participants will gain a new understanding of executive communications strategies, employee communication, branding for recruitment and onboarding, and crisis communication through interactive sessions and roundtable discussions led by WEI member energy companies. This program is intended for corporate communications senior leaders, directors, and managers.
Industry Forums

Customer + Corporate Symposium

Meets annually in March. Join over 250 energy professionals to discuss the latest trends, ongoing developments, and best practices impacting the industry now and in the future. This annual event, offered in-person and virtually, brings together specialists, coordinators, supervisors, managers, and directors responsible for a variety of functional areas across corporate services and customer connections. The diverse mix of presentations, panels, roundtable discussions, and networking opportunities allow attendees to share their experiences and develop contacts within the industry. This program is open to both WEI members and non-members and is an excellent professional development and organizational team-building opportunity.
Executive Forums

Customer Strategies

Meets annually in the spring. This annual executive forum meets in person and is focused on conversation interspersed with presentations on topics which include, but aren’t limited to, call center leadership, IT strategies, and workforce solutions. The small size of this program provides a unique environment for sharing with peers and building long-term relationships. This program is intended for executive level leadership responsible for customer strategy and policy and is open to WEI member energy companies.
Industry Forums

Emergency Response + Assistance Practices

Meets annually in March. This forum provides an open discussion on pressing topics surrounding utility emergency planning and operations and offers leaders a platform to develop relationships and share insights that prove beneficial in an emergency. The Emergency Response + Assistance Practices program is open to utilities and service providers.
Executive Forums

Energy Management

Meets biannually in May + November. This collaborative atmosphere, combined with the attendee’s high level of expertise, leads to complex and analytical discussions regarding long-term forecasts, international energy demand, H2/RNG/LNG updates, the price of carbon, renewable developments, electric/gas convergence issues, and the influence of storage and infrastructure projects. This program is intended for senior level management who are responsible for energy supply, storage, transportation, trading, marketing, transmission, or business development. Electric utilities with gas generation are encouraged to attend.
Leadership Summits

Executive Planning Committee

Meets annually in Portland, OR the second week in May. The Executive Planning Committee (EPC) is a distinct group of senior energy leaders who meet annually to bridge the strategic vision of the WEI Board of Directors and Board Committees to plan the tracks for the upcoming Customer + Corporate Symposium and the Operations Conference.
Executive Forums

Facilities + Workplace Experience

Meets annually in June. This program is intended for Facilities Directors or the top manager responsible for facilities and office space reintegration plans and re-entry planning. In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, this forum will be a chance to collaborate and share information with other utilities on how they are approaching office workspace.
Leadership Summits

Field to Office Leadership

This application based program is specifically designed for utility employees making the move from field-based roles to supervisor or manager positions. A combination of in-person and virtual sessions will provide the basics of management, communication, leadership, and utility knowledge for office-centered work. Throughout the program you’ll develop a personal action plan to help you succeed with this career change. Along the way you’ll hear from utility execs and leaders that have previously made the jump.
Industry Forums

Fleet Management

Meets biannually in February + August. This biannual forum provides fleet leadership professionals an opportunity to discuss best practices and share new processes and technologies. Participants will work collaboratively to select topics that are relevant to all participating organizations. This program is intended for fleet leadership professionals.
Executive Forums

General Counsel

Meets biannually in February/March + September. As the legal landscape of the utility industry continues to change in the face of decarbonization, regulatory policy, budget pressures, and risk assessment, this biannual forum provides a unique and collaborative space for utility General Counsels to share new insights and opportunities through networking and roundtable discussions. Participation is restricted to General Counsels or senior leaders responsible for the management of legal functions at WEI member energy companies.
Schools

Hands-On Relay School

Meets annually in March. A truly unique educational experience, offering students the opportunity to network with and learn from leading experts in the field of system protection to exchange ideas, resolve problems and learn preventative and corrective methods through hands-on labs. Eight tracks are available: Basic, Distribution, Transmission, Generation, Electromechanical, Automation/Integration, Computerized Relay Testing and Theory. Students also attend six hours of open classroom lectures covering system protection topics, where they can select from 12 topic choices. This program is designed for relay technicians, electrical/power plant technicians, engineers and protective relay test specialists. The school is sponsored by Western Energy Institute. CEU credits available.
Executive Forums

Human Resources

Meets biannually in May + November. This semi-annual program provides a roundtable opportunity for human resource leadership to address contemporary, strategic issues in human resource management. The program considers strategic inclusions such as collective bargaining agreements, benefits, employee diversity, performance management, compensation policies and change management. This program is intended for senior leaders responsible for management of human resources functions at WEI energy member companies.
Industry Forums

Hydrogen Engineers

Meets biannually. Hydrogen is one of the next steps in the evolution of the energy grid in North America as we strive to decarbonize and combat climate change. This program intends to connect technical professionals within the utility industry and allow them to begin to build a network of colleagues working within this ever-changing landscape. This program is intended for hydrogen engineers, utility business development professionals, engineering consultants, and product manufacturers.
Skills Development

Incident Command System Immersive

Meets annually, month varies. WEI’s ICS Leadership program brings together utilities from the US and Canada to share best practices, provide practical information on ICS training and implementation, and learn of initiatives at the federal, state and local levels. This annual in-person program is open to anyone.
Skills Development

Incident Management + Organizational Resiliency

Meets annually, month varies. WEI’s ICS Leadership program brings together utilities from the US and Canada to share best practices, provide practical information on ICS training and implementation, and learn of initiatives at the federal, state and local levels. This annual in-person program is open to anyone.
Executive Forums

Integrated Resource Planning

Meets biannually in April + October/November. An integrated resource plan (IRP) is more than just a plan; it’s an involved process with multiple evaluation criteria that helps to determine both short- and long-term load growth. Planning professionals gather twice a year, both in-person and virtually, to better understand the challenges facing electric and natural gas providers in Western North America. This program is for directors, senior leaders and key organizational contributors who manage the aspects and objectives of their utility’s integrated resource plan.
Industry Forums

Joint Use Conference

Meets annually, month varies. New technology, new regulations and an aging infrastructure continue to change the landscape of joint use. This annual forum features a unique mix of presentations, dynamic power table topics, vendor displays, and networking opportunities to exchange information and best practices. Considered the premier joint use conference, content is designed for utility, telecomm, wireless and broadband companies; as well as consultants and service companies who deal with joint use, pole ownership and attachments.
Executive Forums

Key Accounts

Meets biannually in April/May + October/November. Bringing together Key Accounts directors and managers to share best and practices and develop creative solutions to KA challenges, this bi-annual meeting features a keynote from the host utility, dedicated roundtable conversations, and breakout sessions designed for focused discussions between members. This program is for utilities and designed for key accounts directors and managers.
Leadership Summits

Mentoring, Development + Leadership

Schools

Northwest Electric Meter School

Meets annually in August. Quality technical training spanning the basics of metering theory, AMI and high-end meter applications offering students the opportunity to network and learn from leading experts in the field of metering by developing skills, to exchange ideas, resolve problems and learn through hands-on labs. With over 66 years of operation, the school curriculum addresses the need for quality technical training with six tracks available: Single Phase Metering, Polyphase Metering, Solid State Metering, Advanced Metering + Communications, Hot Topic Roundtable/Supervisory and Substation/Generation Metering while also integrating fresh technological trends and perspectives. This course is designed to serve metering apprentices and journeymen in the electric utility industry. Students should select their preferred track according to their level of experience. CEU credits available.
Executive Forums

Operations Business Strategies – Electric

Meets biannually in March/April + October. Designed for electric utility executives, participants engage in best practice roundtables to address electric distribution system and substation reliability and safety. This program is intended for senior leaders of WEI energy member companies: vice presidents, directors of electric operations and general managers responsible for maintaining system reliability.
Industry Forums

Operations Conference

Meets annually in April. The Operations Conference is WEI’s largest event. The annual in-person conference brings together hundreds energy industry professionals for three days of education and networking. In addition to general sessions with industry leaders and keynote speakers, the Operations Conference offers fifteen tracks with breakout sessions targeted to specific operations functions. Tracks: Asset Management, Damage Prevention, Electric Distribution, Electric Substation, Electric Transmission, Grid of the Future, Grid Resilience, Low Carbon Fuels, Natural Gas Emergency Response + Restoration, Natural Gas Integrity Management, Natural Gas Operational Excellence, Operational Leadership, Safety + Health, Safety Management Systems, and Workforce Development. This program is open to anyone in the energy industry.
Industry Forums

Overhead Underground Electric Distribution

Meets biannually in April/May + October. The technology, application, and specifications for designing, building, and maintaining overhead and underground lines are constantly evolving. This biannual forum brings together electric utility professionals to discuss current standards, materials, and maintenance for distribution operations. Attendees will be given the opportunity to submit questions and receive feedback from their peers, and will leave with practical knowledge to reduce costs and improve efficiency and safety. This program is intended for operations and maintenance personnel, standards and design engineers, line technicians, as well as T&D supervisors, and suppliers of distribution and substation products and services.
Schools

Power Quality School

Meets biannually in June + September. This course provides students with the fundamental skills to facilitate, quantify, investigate, monitor and solve electrical system problems. Content is taught by industry experts through a combination of presentations, exercises and unique hands-on labs. Building these skills allow utilities and their customers to save money in avoided equipment outages and damage, costly improper solutions, damage claims and lost production. CEU credits available. This program is designed for utility technicians, engineers and managers in the private sector to provide hands-on experience and practical information that can be applied to troubleshoot, prevent and solve power quality and reliability issues
Industry Forums

Procurement Management

Meets annually in September. Successful procurement management relies on a well-developed infrastructure, appropriate tactical resources, and thorough analysis. This forum offers an opportunity for procurement managers and specialists to come together with industry partners and suppliers for roundtable discussions and expert presentations. Topics include KPIs, supplier relationship management, sustainability, and best practices in purchasing and contracting. This program is intended for professionals responsible for supply chains, inventory, and purchasing.
Skills Development

Professional Development Series

Meets multiple times throughout the year. This suite of programs provides energy and service company employees with professional development tools, resources and experiences to be more effective leaders. Members will learn new skills through facilitated information from experts in the area of focus and will interact with other members to practice new skills and build a network. Courses are typically delivered virtually over a four hour period. Example topics include; leading through coaching, negotiating to create value, and emotional intelligence.
Industry Forums

Project Management + Utilities

Meets annually in September. WEI’s Project Management Forum brings together gas and electric utility project, program and portfolio management leadership and practitioners to discuss the latest industry trends and best practices. There will be three foci for the breakout rooms: PMO Leadership, Construction, and IT. This program is an excellent professional development and organizational team-building opportunity.
Executive Forums

Renewable + Low Carbon Gases

Renewable Gases including biomethane or RNG, hydrogen and syngas present an opportunity for members to reduce the carbon intensity of the gas streams provided to their end use customers. Join utility professionals responsible for low carbon and renewable efforts at their company as we discuss a wide range of strategic topics from policies, regulatory framework, safety and economics to gas quality and operational issues related to these efforts.
Industry Forums

Safety Summit

Meets annually in August/September. This summit is designed for gas and electric utility safety professionals, and spans across three unique, topical tracks: Safety Strategy + Policy, Electric Safety Work Methods, and Gas Safety Work Methods. Content is designed to promote safety culture through discussions related to the education and training that can influence utility operations, as well as address some of the challenges and successes associated with developing strategy. This program is intended for managers, supervisors, trainers, safety advocates and anyone responsible for safety work methods (gas and electric) or safety strategy and policy.
Industry Forums

Secondary Network

Meets annually in September. This annual forum addresses the reliability, safety and protection challenges of spot networks and grid systems that comprise the secondary network. This program is intended for utility professionals involved with power distribution reliability planning, engineering, operation, standardization, protection and control, power quality analysis of secondary spot network and grid systems, also service company professionals who offer support to any aspect of the secondary network system are welcome to attend.
Executive Forums

Strategic Planning

Meets annually in November/December. WEI’s Strategic Planning program provides a forum for members responsible for their company’s strategic plan to come together to discuss common challenges and opportunities. This annual forum provides a collaborative space for members to focus on strategic issues and compare the planning processes at different companies. This program is intended for directors or senior managers with strategic responsibilities in supply chain business functions.
Executive Forums

Substation Operations

This utility-only forum is designed specifically for Directors and Senior Managers that work in or support substation operations. The format is largely centered around structured roundtable discussions that allow for informal benchmarking between participants and for group problem solving. This is an opportunity to share best practices and learn from industry peers on how to manage the changing landscape within Substation Operations. The content covers substation operation topics such as technology and automation, changing workforce, improving safety, aging infrastructure, compliance/regulation, industry trends and sharing other lessons learned. The format will be a mix of virtual and in-person.
Executive Forums

Supply Chain Strategies

Meets annually in May/June. Focusing on the role of supply chain leadership, this forum provides an environment for strategic thinkers to discuss supply chain management responsibilities. This program is intended for Directors or Senior Managers with strategic responsibilities.
Executive Forums

Talent Management

Meets annually in September. Energy companies face core challenges to recruit, retain, develop and train their workforce. This forum brings together employee development and training experts to share case studies and proven best practices. This program is intended for key energy company contributors who lead aspects and objectives of their company’s talent recruitment, retention, development and training.
Industry Forums

Transportation Electrification

Leadership Summits

Utility Business Essentials

Skills Development

Utility Fundamentals + Insights

Our Utility Fundamentals + Insights courses adopt a fresh and interactive educational platform providing attendees with a deep understanding of how the electric and gas utility industries work, and an improved awareness of their own roles within their organizations. Participants also acquire a broad comprehension of critical issues affecting the energy industry, as well as the interplay between utilities and stakeholders. UFI courses are available as both open courses and through some WEI member companies. Learn More
Industry Forums

Utility Pole + Overhead Systems

Meets biannually in September. Utility pole structures and related overhead systems provide a unique set of challenges. This biennial program offers over 14 sessions to highlight new technologies, best practices, and to address those unique challenges. This program also features over 25 vendors that offer hands-on demonstrations of the latest pole products and innovations in the industry. This program will best serve engineers, operations, and purchasing personnel from utilities and service companies.
Skills Development

WEI Webinar Series

Meets multiple times throughout the year. In this constantly changing environment of the energy industry the webinar offerings provide you the opportunity to stay engaged and updated on emerging topics along with staying connected with leading industry experts The various webinars will be a collaboration with energy and/or service company providers on a wide range of timely and relevant topics to provide value to our members
Executive Forums

Western Region Mutual Assistance Agreement (WRMAA) Annual Meeting

Meets annually in the fall. In 2003 the Western Region Mutual Assistance Agreement (WRMAA) was created and adopted by gas and electric utilities throughout Western North America to support one another in the event of emergencies affecting generation, transmission, distribution, or other business operations. Signatories meet in person annually to share best practices, discuss key emergency response issues, and elect new members of the Executive Committee and the custodian of the agreement. This program is open to signatories of the Western Region Mutual Assistance Agreement or by invitation.
Executive Forums

Western Utilities Financial Forum

Meets annually in August. This annual forum is a place for Chief Financial Officers, senior accountants, and finance leaders from western North American to come together to address common challenges and explore best practices in everyday obstacles ranging from financial reporting, rate design, cost management strategies, and beyond. This program is open to both WEI energy members and non-members.
Executive Forums

Wildfire Planning + Mitigation

Meets annually in August. This program will bring together senior leaders responsible for wildfire planning and mitigation strategies at WEI member companies for an interactive peer to peer session. We will focus on sharing and discussing best practices around strategies for planning, operations, technology and various other tactics to mitigate and plan for wildfires.
Industry Forums

Women in Energy Symposium

Celebrating how far women have come in the energy sector and addressing how far we’ve yet to go! Women are traditionally underrepresented in the energy industry. This program addresses some of the evolving opportunities and challenges that women face and advocates for workplace inclusion and teamwork across gender, racial, and generational demographics. Everyone is invited to attend the Women in Energy Symposium whether or not you identify as a woman. Women in Energy Symposium participants join together to explore areas such as leadership, education, networking and mentorship. We strive to incorporate both professional development and industry evolution on the agenda. With a growing emphasis on cross-functional teams and diverse skill sets, this program supports utility directives to build a cohesive workforce. This program is open to anyone in all facets of the utility industry.
Leadership Summits

Women in Leadership – Mentoring + Development

Runs November - September. This mentorship program addresses some of the opportunities and challenges that women face working in the energy industry, advocates for workplace inclusion and teamwork, and discusses critical issues related to attracting and maintaining a diverse workforce. Mentors and mentees are matched up across companies, and then connect over a ten-month period with two in-person meetings. This program is by invitation for mentors and application for mentees.
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