Jan

25-26

Board of Directors – Virtual (Jan 25-26)

This event provides two half-days of educational sessions, a business meeting and the opportunity to network with the West’s natural 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 Western 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 to evaluate WEI as a whole. 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)
  • Caroline Winn, Chief Operating Officer, San Diego Gas & Electric

    • Program Location
    • Virtual Event
    • No travel required. All agenda times are in Pacific time. Instructions to access the virtual event will be provided before the program.
    • Who Should Attend
      • WEI Board of Directors members
      • Select invitees
  • Registration Options
  • This meeting is by invitation only. Current WEI Board of Directors members are welcome to attend free of charge.

    Attendee (Special Invite): $299 USD
    This registration is for attendees who are not currently serving on the board but have been invited to attend. This ticket includes access to all virtual education sessions and digital materials. Does not include the two Business Sessions.

  • General Cancellation Policy
  • To best serve WEI members and program participants during the COVID-19 pandemic, WEI will be waiving its standard cancellation policy for this program and all virtual programs through July 2021. Registrants can now receive a full refund should they need to cancel their registration up to the day before the program begins. This applies to both new and existing registrations for virtual programs.
  • 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. Recording is not permitted for any portion of the event.
  • For more information contact Anna Sanger Reed, Executive Director of Programs at (503) 688-2795.

Agenda

All session times are listed in Pacific time.

Monday, January 25, 2021

12:30 PM - 1:00 PM

Login Time + Virtual Help Desk

WEI will provide attendees with a link to access the virtual platform in advance. Use this time to test your webcam and microphone before we get started.

1:00 PM - 1:15 PM

Opening Announcements
Speaker(s): Caroline Winn, Chief Executive Officer, San Diego Gas & Electric Company, Caroline Winn, Chief Executive Officer, San Diego Gas & Electric Company

1:15 PM - 2:30 PM

Resource Adequacy + the Future of Energy
Speaker(s): Elliot Mainzer, President and Chief Executive Officer, California ISO, Elliot Mainzer, President and Chief Executive Officer, California ISO, Daniel Froetscher, President and Chief Operating Officer, Arizona Public Service Company, Daniel Froetscher, President and Chief Operating Officer, Arizona Public Service Company, Debra Smith, CEO, Seattle City Light, Debra Smith, CEO, Seattle City Light

2:30 PM - 3:00 PM

Break

3:00 PM - 4:00 PM

Top Technology Trends + Decarbonization
Speaker(s): Mike Rutkowski, SVP, Research & Technology Development, Gas Technology Institute, Mike Rutkowski, SVP, Research & Technology Development, Gas Technology Institute, Neva Espinoza, Vice President of Energy Supply and Low-Carbon Resources, Electric Power Research Institute (EPRI), Neva Espinoza, Vice President of Energy Supply and Low-Carbon Resources, Electric Power Research Institute (EPRI), Kimberly Heiting, Sr. Vice President Operations, NW Natural, Kimberly Heiting, Sr. Vice President Operations, NW Natural

4:00 PM - 5:00 PM

Executive Committee Business Session

Committee members only

Tuesday, January 26, 2021

8:00 AM - 8:30 AM

Login Time + Virtual Help Desk

8:30 AM - 9:30 AM

Driving Innovation
Moderator(s): Aaron Saint, Managing Director, Accenture Inc, Aaron Saint, Managing Director, Accenture Inc
Panelist(s): Ben Gordon, Senior Vice President, Chief Information Officer and Chief Digital Officer, Sempra Energy, Ben Gordon, Senior Vice President, Chief Information Officer and Chief Digital Officer, Sempra Energy, Brad Bowness, SVP Technology and Chief Information Officer, Hydro One Inc., Brad Bowness, SVP Technology and Chief Information Officer, Hydro One Inc.

9:30 AM - 10:00 AM

Break

10:00 AM - 11:00 AM

Diversity, Equity + Inclusion
Moderator(s): Gary King, Chief Workforce Officer, Sacramento Municipal Utility District, Gary King, Chief Workforce Officer, Sacramento Municipal Utility District
Panelist(s): Mitch Mitchell, Vice President, External and State Legislative Affairs, San Diego Gas & Electric Company, Mitch Mitchell, Vice President, External and State Legislative Affairs, San Diego Gas & Electric Company, Roger Dall'Antonia, President and CEO, FortisBC, Roger Dall'Antonia, President and CEO, FortisBC, Sharon Braddy-McKoy, Vice President, Human Resources, Southwest Gas Corporation, Sharon Braddy-McKoy, Vice President, Human Resources, Southwest Gas Corporation

11:00 AM - 11:15 AM

Break and transition to Business Session

11:15 AM - 12:00 PM

Board of Directors Business Session

Board Members Only

Program Sponsors

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Meet The Speakers

Caroline Winn

San Diego Gas & Electric Company

Chief Executive Officer

Caroline Winn

San Diego Gas & Electric Company

Chief Executive Officer

Elliot Mainzer

California ISO

President and Chief Executive Officer

Elliot Mainzer

California ISO

President and Chief Executive Officer

Daniel Froetscher

Arizona Public Service Company

President and Chief Operating Officer

Daniel Froetscher

Arizona Public Service Company

President and Chief Operating Officer

Debra Smith

Seattle City Light

CEO

Debra Smith

Seattle City Light

CEO

Mike Rutkowski

Gas Technology Institute

SVP, Research & Technology Development

Mike Rutkowski

Gas Technology Institute

SVP, Research & Technology Development

Kimberly Heiting

NW Natural

Sr. Vice President Operations

Kimberly Heiting

NW Natural

Sr. Vice President Operations

Aaron Saint

Accenture Inc

Managing Director

Aaron Saint

Accenture Inc

Managing Director

Ben Gordon

Sempra Energy

Senior Vice President, Chief Information Officer and Chief Digital Officer

Ben Gordon

Sempra Energy

Senior Vice President, Chief Information Officer and Chief Digital Officer

Brad Bowness

Hydro One Inc.

SVP Technology and Chief Information Officer

Brad Bowness

Hydro One Inc.

SVP Technology and Chief Information Officer

Gary King

Sacramento Municipal Utility District

Chief Workforce Officer

Gary King

Sacramento Municipal Utility District

Chief Workforce Officer

Mitch Mitchell

San Diego Gas & Electric Company

Vice President, External and State Legislative Affairs

Mitch Mitchell

San Diego Gas & Electric Company

Vice President, External and State Legislative Affairs

Roger Dall’Antonia

FortisBC

President and CEO

Roger Dall’Antonia

FortisBC

President and CEO

Sharon Braddy-McKoy

Southwest Gas Corporation

Vice President, Human Resources

Sharon Braddy-McKoy

Southwest Gas Corporation

Vice President, Human Resources

Neva Espinoza

Electric Power Research Institute (EPRI)

Vice President of Energy Supply and Low-Carbon Resources

Neva Espinoza

Electric Power Research Institute (EPRI)

Vice President of Energy Supply and Low-Carbon Resources