Board of Directors (Jan 28-29)

This one and a half day event provides a full-day educational session, a business meeting, and the opportunity to network with North America's gas and electric utility executive community. The agenda is developed by the WEI President and Board Chair to deliver provocative discussions and identifies strategic drivers that influence energy utilities in North America and is driven by the yearly theme. Each year the Board of Directors convenes twice, once in January, and the second coincides with the WEI Annual Meeting in September. At this meeting, the Board of Directors convenes a business session to evaluate WEI’s accomplishments and determine the direction of the association.

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General Details

  • Program Chair(s)
  • Gillian Wright, SVP & Chief Customer Officer, Southern California Gas Company

    • Program Location
    • Hyatt Regency Long Beach
    • 200 South Pine Avenue, Long Beach, CA 90802
    • Who Should Attend
      • WEI Board of Directors members
      • Select invitees
  • Registration Options
  • WEI Board Members + Special Invite Attendee: $599 USD

    This meeting is by invitation only. Registration includes all meal events, educational sessions, and digital meeting materials.

    Guest tickets are available for $150 to current WEI Board of Directors members and allow a personal guest (a spouse or partner who does not work in the energy industry) to accompany the Board member at the event. Guest registration includes all meal events.

    Special Invite registration includes all meal events, education sessions, and meeting materials. Does not include the two Business Sessions.

  • General Cancellation Policy
  • Due to contractual obligations, cancellations received 15 business days prior to the program will receive a full refund. Cancellations received 6 to 14 business days prior to the event will receive a refund, less a $100 administrative fee. No shows and last minute cancellations, 5 business days prior to the event or less, will be responsible for the full registration fee. Substitutions from your organization for the same event are always welcome.
  • Participation Policy
  • Western Energy Institute programs and events are open to energy companies (including gas production and electric generation, gas and electric transmission and gas and electric distribution utilities). Select programs and events are open to energy industry product and service suppliers. Programs and events are closed to all media representatives and to the general public.
  • For more information contact Amy Nye, Director of Programs at (971) 303-2119.


Sunday, January 28, 2024

4:00 PM - 5:30 PM

Executive Committee - Business Session

This is a closed-session for current Executive Committee Board Members only.

5:30 PM - 8:00 PM

Welcome Reception + Board Dinner

Join us for a welcome reception and plated dinner onsite at the Hyatt Regency Long Beach. All Board Members and attendees are welcome. 

Monday, January 29, 2024

8:00 AM - 9:00 AM

Networking Breakfast + Opening Remarks
Speaker(s): Gillian Wright, SVP & Chief Customer Officer, Southern California Gas Company

Join us for a networking breakfast as the WEI Board Chair welcomes the group to Long Beach, California.

9:00 AM - 12:00 PM

SoCalGas Industry Tour

WEI will transport members off-site to visit and tour Southern California Gas Company's Energy Resource Center (ERC) and [H2] Innovation Experience in Downey, California. The ERC showcases innovations in resource-efficient designs, materials and equipment to help your business make informed choices about energy consumption and conservation. The [H2] Innovation Experience is North America's first-ever clean hydrogen powered microgrid and home. This project demonstrates how carbon-free gas made from renewable electricity can be used in pure form or as a blend to fuel energy systems and communities of the future. Named a World-Changing Idea by Fast Company and awarded the U.S. Green Building Council of L.A.’s Sustainable Innovation Award, the [H2]IE features clean hydrogen production and storage along with a nearly 2,000 square-foot home that can draw power from solar panels and convert excess renewable energy into clean hydrogen.

Round-trip transportation will be provided by WEI.

12:00 PM - 1:15 PM

Networking Lunch

We'll return to the hotel for an onsite networking lunch.

1:15 PM - 2:15 PM

Industry Panel

2:15 PM - 2:45 PM

Networking Break

2:45 PM - 4:00 PM

Industry Updates + Open Roundtable

4:00 PM - 5:00 PM

Board of Directors - Business Session

This is a closed-session for current Board Members only.

5:30 PM - 8:00 PM

Networking Reception + Dinner

All Board Members and attendees are welcome.

Hotel + Travel

  • Hyatt Regency Long Beach
  • 200 South Pine Avenue
  • Long Beach, California 90802
  • Phone: 800 233-1234

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  • Reservation Instructions
  • Please contact the hotel at (562) 491-1234 to reserve your room. Identify yourself as being with Western Energy Institute to receive a special rate of $229 USD/night. This rate is guaranteed until January 5, 2024 or until the WEI room block is full.

Program Sponsors

Platinum Sponsors
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Meet The Speakers

Gillian Wright

Southern California Gas Company

SVP & Chief Customer Officer