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.

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General Details

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

    • Program Location
    • Dominion Questar Corporation
    • 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


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

1:30 PM - 2:00 PM


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

How's Your Data?

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?

3:15 PM - 3:30 PM

Networking Break

We will break for 15 minutes.

3:30 PM - 5:00 PM

Working Breakout Session

This time is reserved for a group breakout session activity. Themes and instructions will be announced beforehand.

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

Continental breakfast will be provided onsite.

8:00 AM - 9:00 AM

Success Story Showcase

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.

9:00 AM - 9:15 AM

Networking Break

We will break for 15 minutes.

9:15 AM - 10:15 AM

Organizational Optimization

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 - 11:30 AM

Data Visualization: Telling the Right Story

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. 

11:30 AM - 12:30 PM

Networking Lunch

Enjoy a catered lunch onsite.

12:30 PM - 2:30 PM

Working Breakout Session

This time is reserved for a group breakout session activity. Themes and instructions will be announced beforehand.

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
  • 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.

  • Click here to make your reservation now.