This one and a half day event provides a full-day educational session, 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 convene twice, once in January/February, and the second coincides with the WEI Annual Meeting to evaluate WEI as a whole. At this meeting, the Board of Directors convene a business session to evaluate WEI’s accomplishments and determine the direction of the association.
This meeting is invitation only. Current WEI Board of Directors are welcome to attend free of charge along with a personal guest, (a spouse or partner who does not work in the energy industry).
Attendee (Special Invite): $599 USD
This registration is for attendees who are not currently serving on the board but have been invited to attend. This ticket includes all meal events, education sessions, and meeting materials. Does not include the two Business Sessions. Tickets for guests of special invite attendees are available for $150 and allow a non-board member attendee’s personal guest (a spouse or partner who does not work in the energy industry) to accompany a registered attendee at the event including meal events.
4:00 PM - 5:30 PM
Executive Committee - Business Session
Committee members only
6:00 PM - 8:30 PM
Welcome Reception + Dinner
Sponsored by Burns & McDonnell
7:30 AM - 8:00 AM
8:00 AM - 9:30 AM
Welcome Announcements + Leadership Perspectives Panel
Moderator(s): Regina Mayor, Global and U.S. Sector Leader for Energy and Natural Resources, KPMG LLP
Panelist(s): Nicole Kivisto, President & CEO, MDU Utilities Group, Debra Smith, CEO, Seattle City Light, Roger Dall'Antonia, President and CEO, FortisBC
Hear a dynamic discussion around industry issues from utility Presidents and CEOs that will stimulate conversation throughout the rest of the day. Topics include evolving utility business model, strategies for political and regulatory opposition, cyber and physical security, organizational culture and workforce challenges, and diversity and inclusion.
9:30 AM - 10:00 AM
10:00 AM - 11:30 AM
Agile or Irrelevant: Redefining Resilience
Speaker(s): Regina Mayor, Global and U.S. Sector Leader for Energy and Natural Resources, KPMG LLP
KPMG will share findings from their 2019 Global CEO Outlook survey and facilitate an interactive discussion with the audience. Leverage the knowledge in the room as we dive deeper in to some of the most pertinent issues that have impacted WEI members throughout the year.
11:30 AM - 12:30 PM
12:30 PM - 2:00 PM
The Future of Natural Gas in California
Speaker(s): Amber Mahone, Partner, E3
Electrification and the reduction of greenhouse gas emissions continues to be a very hot topic in California and beyond. Hear key findings from a new report on Natural Gas Distribution in California’s Low-Carbon Future and the implications for natural gas and electric companies, and their customers.
2:00 PM - 2:30 PM
2:30 PM - 4:00 PM
Hydrogen: New Opportunities and Challenges
Natural gas and electric companies continue to seek new ways to leverage existing infrastructure and renewable energy sources while providing the cleanest, most reliable energy to their customers. This session will explore new developments in how companies are using hydrogen to achieve these goals.
4:15 PM - 5:30 PM
Board of Directors - Business Session
Board members only
5:30 PM - 8:30 PM
Networking Reception + Dinner
Sponsored by Henkels & McCoy
Please contact the hotel directly at (844) 875-5256 to reserve your room. Identify yourself as being with Western Energy Institute (WEI) to receive a special rate of $269 USD/night. This rate is guaranteed until January 13, 2020 or until the WEI room block is full.