Business Analytics (Sep 25-26)

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 project management best practices.

General Details

  • Program Chair(s)
  • Ted Peterson, Program Manager, Dominion Energy

    • Program Location
    • Dominion Energy
    • 333 S. State St.
      Salt Lake City, UT 84111
    • 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: $399 USD

    Registration includes a networking dinner Monday night as well as catered breakfast, lunch, light snacks and beverages at the meeting. Guest tickets are available for $75 and allow for a personal guest (a spouse or partner who does not work in the energy industry) to accompany a registered attendee at the event.

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


Monday, September 25, 2017

12:30 PM - 1:00 PM

Registration and Networking

Arrive early to network with other attendees. Light refreshments provided.

1:00 PM - 1:30 PM

Speaker(s): Colleen Larkin Bell, Vice President and General Counsel, Questar Corporation, Colleen Larkin Bell, Vice President and General Manager, Dominion Energy

Our host will welcome us to Salt Lake City and share insights into Dominion Energy.

1:30 PM - 2:00 PM

Facilitator(s): Ted Peterson, Program Manager, Dominion Energy

Come prepared to share a success or set-back you or your team has experienced in the last six months.

2:00 PM - 2:15 PM

Networking Break

We will break for 15 minutes.

2:15 PM - 3:15 PM

Success Story Showcase
Speaker(s): Daniel van den Berg, Senior Business Data Analyst, Clark Public Utilities, Ann Rego, Business Analyst, Salt River Project

In this session, utilities highlight specific case study examples illustrating ongoing progress in using business analytics to further organizational objectives such as successful data sourcing and time-savings realizations.

3:15 PM - 3:30 PM

Networking Break

We will break for 15 minutes.

3:30 PM - 4:00 PM

Micro Session: Job Lifecycles
Facilitator(s): Lee Beran, Business Support Manager, FortisBC

Several variables affect a utility’s ultimate understanding of job lifecycle length. This session will approach how organizations can best define and measure the number of days from job creation to closing. Discussion will address how to navigate around data outliers and how to proactively design measurement parameters that reflect true performance.

4:00 PM - 5:00 PM

SRP’s Transmission Asset Risk Journey
Speaker(s): Ed Dukat, Senior Business Analyst, Salt River Project

Join this session as Salt River Project shares their implementation journey regarding asset risk. Our speaker will explain how their organization uses data to come up with attributes to calculate probability and consequence of failure and to visually show asset risk. Our speaker will also highlight programs Salt River Project has put into place to monitor and replace equipment. Participants will learn how their organization cultivates a culture that leverages data to design customized plans for specific pieces of equipment, allowing for improved resource management and cost allocation.

6:00 PM - 8:30 PM

Networking Dinner

Join for a hosted dinner at Squatters Pub Brewery:

147 West Broadway 300 South
Salt Lake City, UT 84101

Tuesday, September 26, 2017

7:30 AM - 8:00 AM

Networking Breakfast

Breakfast will be provided onsite.

8:00 AM - 9:00 AM

How's Your Data?
Speaker(s): Lee Beran, Business Support Manager, FortisBC, Joshua Wrobleski, Manager, Planning, ENMAX Corporation

This roundtable discussion will focus on how data is collected, stored and utilized at participants’ organizations. Data can be collected in separate systems, amalgamated for centralized reporting, and then analyzed differently by individual departments. This can lead to duplicated effort, multiple reports on similar data, and conflicting information. With the capability of data systems improving quickly, how does an organization develop scalable analytics and ‘one source of truth’ without becoming overwhelmed by the number of systems and players involved?

Attendees should come prepared with insights into their own organization’s data management journey, and are encouraged to share current challenges for group discussion.

9:00 AM - 9:15 AM

Networking Break

We will break for 15 minutes.

9:15 AM - 10:15 AM

Organizational Optimization
Speaker(s): Meagan Montgomery, Organizational Performance Analyst-Distribution Operations, NorthWestern Energy

What will your organization look like in five years? As the industry combats decreasing revenues through reining in operating expenses and taking advantage of attrition and technology advances, many utilities are also leaning more heavily on organizational optimization analytics. Here, participants share insights into gap analyses performed against future work and current resources. 

10:15 AM - 10:30 AM

Networking Break

We will break for 15 minutes.

10:30 AM - 11:00 AM

Micro Session: Missing or Conflicting Data
Facilitator(s): Ann Rego, Business Analyst, Salt River Project

We all recognize ensuring reliable data is an ongoing effort that requires dedicated time and resources. So how do you ensure your organization is able to quickly identify and correct data gone awry? Join this discussion to share what types of reports you use to capture bad data and how you understand when data is missing. Additionally, the group will explore scenarios where data’s meaning changes based on context.

11:00 AM - 12:00 PM

Data Visualization: Telling the Right Story
Speaker(s): Daniel van den Berg, Senior Business Data Analyst, Clark Public Utilities, Jeff Zaubi, Business Analyst, NW Natural, Nels Wahlman, Business Analyst, NW Natural

In an industry where data visualization is increasingly important, how do you identify the correct visualization to tell your story? Which methods and techniques are you using? Which tools can make the difference between a visualization that falls flat and one that achieves actionable insights? Participants will review case studies before opening the floor to best practice discussion. 

12:00 PM - 1:00 PM

Networking Lunch

Enjoy a catered lunch onsite.

1:00 PM - 1:30 PM

Micro Session: Leveraging the Cloud
Facilitator(s): Archie Ewers, Financial Analyst, Portland General Electric

Join this discussion as we assess how to best leverage the cloud for data needs. Many utilities have yet to enter the cloud arena for a multitude of reasons, with security and ownership concerns often chief among them. In this session, utilities currently using the cloud for data-oriented work will share how they do so, and how their group deemed what data belongs in a cloud environment.

1:30 PM - 2:30 PM

Executive Q&A
Facilitator(s): Ted Peterson, Program Manager, Dominion Energy
Speaker(s): Justin Withers, Manager, Central Region Operations, Dominion Energy

A senior leader at Dominion Energy will join us to address such questions as:

  1. What are some successful use cases of data analytics at your company?
  2. Where do you see data analytics having the most impact in the coming years?
  3. What has been your biggest analytical challenge?
  4. How do you create a formal link between analytics and strategy?

2:30 PM - 3:00 PM

Wrap-up and Spring Planning

Join for a discussion on spring 2018.

Hotel + Travel

  • Marriott Salt Lake City Center
  • 220 South State Street
  • Salt Lake City, Utah 84111
  • Phone: (801) 961-8700

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  • Reservation Instructions
  • Please contact the hotel directly at to reserve your room. Identify yourself as being with Western Energy Institute to receive a special rate of $179 USD/night. This rate is guaranteed until September 4, 2017 or until the WEI room block is full.

Meet The Speakers

Daniel van den Berg

Clark Public Utilities

Senior Business Data Analyst

Meagan Montgomery

NorthWestern Energy

Organizational Performance Analyst-Distribution Operations

Lee Beran


Business Support Manager

Joshua Wrobleski

ENMAX Corporation

Manager, Planning

Ann Rego

Salt River Project

Business Analyst

Jeff Zaubi

NW Natural

Business Analyst

Archie Ewers

Portland General Electric

Financial Analyst

Ted Peterson

Dominion Energy

Program Manager

Nels Wahlman

NW Natural

Business Analyst

Colleen Larkin Bell

Dominion Energy

Vice President and General Manager
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Colleen Larkin Bell is vice president and general manager of Western Distribution, Gas Infrastructure Group.
She is responsible for all company functions that have to do with delivering natural gas to nearly 900,000 homes and businesses in Utah, southwestern Wyoming and southern Idaho.
With 26 years’ experience in the legal profession, Bell has an extensive background in the natural gas and energy industries. She joined Questar Corporation as a staff attorney with Mountain Fuel Supply Co. in 1989, focusing on environmental litigation, utility regulatory litigation and property and rights-of-way acquisition. Prior to the merger with Dominion Energy in 2016, she was vice president and general counsel for Questar Corporation, responsible for overseeing the legal and insurance departments, as well as legal issues related to litigation and regulatory filings affecting Questar Corporation, Questar Gas Company, Questar Pipeline and Wexpro Company.
She received her bachelor’s degree in English, with a minor in political science, from the University of Utah and her law degree from the S.J. Quinney College of Law.
Bell serves on the boards of trustees of the Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Salt Lake, the Pioneer Theatre Company, the United Way of Salt Lake Board, and the Utah Energy Infrastructure Authority Board (UEIA). In addition, she is the chair of Women United and a member of the member of the United Way Tocqueville Society. She also serves on the Pinebrook Master Association Homeowner’s and the Gorgoza Water Co. boards.

Justin Withers

Dominion Energy

Manager, Central Region Operations
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I have worked at Dominion Energy for 25 years; spending most of that time in Operations working in different areas, including Construction, Technical Service, System Integrity, and Pipeline Compliance. I am currently the Manager of the Central Utah Region. I have been married for 25 years and have three children (2 boys, 1 girl). My family and I enjoy doing things in the outdoors.

Ed Dukat

Salt River Project

Senior Business Analyst
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Ed Dukat has just celebrated 20 years at SRP and has served in various diverse assignments from Marketing, SRP’s Competitive Energy Subsidiary – New West Energy, Corporate Legal, Information Technology and now the Power Delivery Transmission Business. Prior to joining SRP, Ed worked in the Oil Industry with Conoco Phillips. Now in Asset Optimization, Ed was involved with the design of their Risk Optimization Center (The ROC) visually displaying asset risk as well as promoting the understanding of risk and how it’s application can be used to make better decisions regarding assets