Business Analytics (Sep 26-27)

Utilities find themselves inundated with a diversity of data across all lines of their business. Business analytics professionals function as a critical link in analyzing and interpreting information to improve systems and operations, maintain organizational health and ultimately improve the bottom line. These professionals gather semi-annually to discuss asset management, business intelligence, key metrics and dashboard insights, enterprise risk management, pricing and rate strategies, and analytics best practices.

General Details

  • Program Chair(s)
  • Daniel van den Berg, Lead Business Data Analyst, and Katina Fischer, Lead Application Analyst/Developer, Clark Public Utilities

    • Program Location
    • Clark Public Utilities
    • 1200 Fort Vancouver Way
      Vancouver, Washington 98663
    • Who Should Attend
    • Utility professionals with a command over data-related needs such as transforming, storing, mining, analyzing, visualizing and reporting back out to the business.​ Depending on the organizational structure, these professionals come from areas including finance, operations, business planning and customer service.

  • Registration Options
  • Member: $449 USD

    Registration includes access to all Business Analytics agenda items and meeting materials, a networking dinner on Thursday night, as well as catered breakfast, lunch, and refreshments at the meeting. Guest tickets are available for $90 and allow a personal guest (a spouse or partner who does not work in the energy industry) to accompany a registered attendee at the event. Guest registration includes all meals and receptions, and all program materials.

  • 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, Program Manager at (503) 688-2794.


Thursday, September 26, 2019

12:30 PM - 1:00 PM

Registration + Networking

Arrive early to network with peers. Light refreshments will be provided.

1:00 PM - 1:15 PM

Welcome to Clark Public Utilities
Speaker(s): Lena Wittler, CEO/General Manager, Clark Public Utilities

The host utility will welcome the group to Vancouver, Washington.

1:15 PM - 2:15 PM

Facilitator(s): Daniel van den Berg, Lead Business Data Analyst, Clark Public Utilities, Katina Fischer, Lead Application Analyst/Developer, Clark Public Utilities

Get to know your peers with our round-robin attendee introductions. Come prepared to share a success story or challenge that you and your team have recently experienced. 

2:15 PM - 2:30 PM

Networking Break

2:30 PM - 3:30 PM

KPIs, Metrics and Dashboard Design
Speaker(s): Katina Fischer, Lead Application Analyst/Developer, Clark Public Utilities

In this session we will discuss the differences between KPIs and Metrics, and how to incorporate these measures into a visual design. See examples of how to create effective designs that allow your users the ability to quickly and concisely consume the data that is being presented.

3:30 PM - 3:45 PM

Networking Break

3:45 PM - 5:00 PM

Dashboard Showcase Part I
Speaker(s): Andrew Dang, Business Analyst, NW Natural, Andrew Braeger, Enterprise Architect & Data Engineering Leader, Tacoma Public Utilities, Madison Nelson, Business Analyst, Clark Public Utilities

This session will feature multiple demonstrations of effective dashboards currently being used at WEI member utilities.

5:30 PM - 8:00 PM

Networking Dinner

Join us for a WEI hosted networking dinner at Twigs Bistro and Martini Bar:

801 Waterfront Way
Suite 103
Vancouver, WA 98660

Friday, September 27, 2019

8:00 AM - 8:30 AM

Networking Breakfast

Enjoy a catered breakfast onsite.

8:30 AM - 9:30 AM

Cloud Analytics
Speaker(s): Andrew Braeger, Enterprise Architect & Data Engineering Leader, Tacoma Public Utilities

Over the last two years, Tacoma Public Utilities (TPU) has been on an exciting journey of cloud-based data analytics using Amazon Web Services, Databricks, and Tableau. In this session, Andrew Braeger, TPU's data engineering practice leader and enterprise architect, will share their lessons-learned, benefits, drawbacks, and areas to watch out for related to cloud security and training.

9:30 AM - 9:45 AM

Networking Break

9:45 AM - 10:30 AM

Hot Topics Roundtable
Facilitator(s): Daniel van den Berg, Lead Business Data Analyst, Clark Public Utilities

This session provides time for attendees to address new topics and elaborate upon previous discussions at the forum. Attendees are encouraged to come prepared with one “top of mind” issue for discussion.

10:30 AM - 11:00 AM

Power BI Strategy
Speaker(s): John Sohl, Senior Manager, Business Analytics, NW Natural

In this session, NW Natural will walk us through their process of implementing Power BI at their organization. Over the past 2 years, they have gone from zero to 12 dashboards. Hear their successes and lessons learned along the way.

11:00 AM - 11:15 AM

Networking Break

11:15 AM - 12:15 PM

Dashboard Showcase Part II
Speaker(s): Janna Gamache, Reporting Manager, BC Hydro, Katina Fischer, Lead Application Analyst/Developer, Clark Public Utilities, Ted Herman, Sr Manager, Southern California Edison

This session is a continuation from Day 1's dashboard presentations.

12:15 PM - 1:00 PM

Networking Lunch

Lunch will be provided onsite.

1:00 PM - 2:00 PM

Detecting Anomalies in Synchrophasor Data with Machine Learning Techniques
Speaker(s): Dr. Scott Wallace, Associate Professor of Computer Science, Washington State University

Working with data from Bonneville Power Administration's transmission level PMU network, and from our own distribution-level network, our team has employed various machine learning techniques to look for outlier data. In this talk, I will discuss results from previous work that showcase the ability to recognize line and generator events from far afield and to identify spoofed data that may be part of a cyber-physical attack.

2:00 PM - 2:30 PM

Wrap Up + Future Planning

Interested in improving our experience? Join us at the wrap-up session to share your thoughts on the forum and help generate ideas for future agendas. This session is also a great starting point for those who wish to volunteer as a planning team member for our 2020 forum.

Hotel + Travel

  • Reservation Instructions
  • Please contact the hotel directly at (888) 475-3100 to reserve your room. Identify yourself as being with Western Energy Institute (WEI) Business Analytics to receive a special rate of $160 USD/night. This rate is guaranteed until September 4, 2019 or until the WEI room block is full.

  • Driving Directions
  • Airport Shuttle Service:
    The Heathman Lodge offers shuttle service between the Heathman Lodge and the Portland International Airport. Shuttle service is available from 6:00 am to 11:00 pm at the cost of $15.00 per person per trip. 10-day minimum advanced reservations are required, same day shuttle requests cannot be guaranteed but will be accommodated on an availability bases. For reservations please contact

Meet The Speakers

Lena Wittler

Clark Public Utilities

CEO/General Manager

Katina Fischer

Clark Public Utilities

Lead Application Analyst/Developer

Daniel van den Berg

Clark Public Utilities

Lead Business Data Analyst

Andrew Dang

NW Natural

Business Analyst

Andrew Braeger

Tacoma Public Utilities

Enterprise Architect & Data Engineering Leader

John Sohl

NW Natural

Senior Manager, Business Analytics

Dr. Scott Wallace

Washington State University

Associate Professor of Computer Science

Madison Nelson

Clark Public Utilities

Business Analyst

Janna Gamache

BC Hydro

Reporting Manager

Ted Herman

Southern California Edison

Sr Manager