Energy Management (May 03-05)

Professionals in natural gas energy supply, transportation and storage gather for presentations and roundtable discussions focused on Western North America’s demand outlook and factors expected to influence the cost of delivering natural gas. This collaborative atmosphere, combined with the attendee’s high level of expertise, leads to complex and analytical discussions regarding long-term forecasts, international energy demand, LNG updates, the price of carbon, renewable developments, electric/gas convergence issues, and the influence of storage and infrastructure projects.

General Details

  • Program Chair(s)
  • Jan Caldwell, Marketing Services Lead, Williams Northwest Pipeline

    • Program Location
    • Crowne Plaza Seattle Downtown
    • 1113 6th Ave
      Seattle, WA 98101
    • Who Should Attend
    • Senior level management responsible for energy supply, storage, transportation, marketing, transmission or business development. Electric utilities with gas generation are encouraged to attend.

  • Registration Options
  • Member: $699 USD
    Regular: $1,199 USD

    Registration prices increase $100 after April 5, 2017. Registration includes comprehensive meeting materials and all food events. Guest tickets are available for $125 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.

  • 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 Christopher Lee, Senior Program Manager at (971) 255-4967.


Wednesday, May 3, 2017

1:00 PM - 5:00 PM

Optional: Tour of Snoqualmie Falls Hydro Facility

Participants will be required to sign a waiver and release prior to the tour.
Closed toed shoes (no tennis shoes) are required. Puget Sound Energy will provide additional PPE (hard hats, eye protection, ear protection)
Meet in the hotel Lobby
Please contact Christopher ( if you will have a rental car and are able to drive.

5:30 PM - 7:00 PM

Welcome Reception

7:00 PM - 9:30 PM

Optional: Mariners Game (tentative)

Details tbd

Thursday, May 4, 2017

8:00 AM - 8:30 AM


8:30 AM - 8:45 AM

Welcome and Introductions

8:45 AM - 9:45 AM

Gas Market Fundamentals
Speaker(s): Ed Kelly, Managing Director, Power, Gas, Coal and Renewables, IHS Markit

This presentation will examine some analysis of regional gas markets and provide an outlook for any major changes expected in the near future.

9:45 AM - 10:00 AM


10:00 AM - 11:00 AM

Greenhouse Gas Rules in the West
Speaker(s): Dan Kirschner, Executive Director, Northwest Gas Association, Carl Fink, Managing Counsel, West Region, Blue Planet Energy Law

Current changes in the Oregon and Washington state legislations are affecting the greenhouse gas rules that apply to the natural gas industry. Find out what the expected impact will be from the Northwest Gas Association and the Northwest & Intermountain Power Producers Coalition.

11:00 AM - 12:00 PM

Joining the Energy Imbalance Market (EIM)
Speaker(s): Paul Wetherbee, Director, Energy Supply - Merchant, Puget Sound Energy

Puget Sound Energy recently joined the California-ISO’s Energy Imbalance Market (EIM). They will give a summary of the first 6-months participating in the EIM and how it has impacted their internal gas and electric operations.

12:00 PM - 1:00 PM


1:00 PM - 2:00 PM

Renewable Natural Gas (biogas)
Speaker(s): Bill Donahue, Manager, Natural Gas Resources, Puget Sound Energy

2:00 PM - 2:45 PM

Roundtable Discussion

2:45 PM - 3:00 PM


3:00 PM - 4:00 PM

Roundtable Discussion (continued)

5:30 PM - 8:00 PM

Networking Reception and Hosted Group Dinner

Heartwood Provisions
1103 1st Ave
Seattle, WA 98101

Friday, May 5, 2017

7:30 AM - 8:00 AM


8:00 AM - 9:15 AM

LNG and Methanol Infrastructure Updates
Speaker(s): Tania Specogna, Director, Resource Development, FortisBC, Clay Riding, Vice President of Energy Resources, Northwest Innovation Works, LLC

This panel will give updates on current LNG and methanol projects in the NW region as well as the outlook for future developments.

9:15 AM - 10:00 AM

Roundtable Discussion (continued)

10:00 AM - 10:15 AM


10:15 AM - 11:15 AM

Roundtable Discussion (continued)

11:15 AM - 11:30 AM

Planning for Fall Meeting

11:30 AM - 11:30 AM

Meeting Adjourns

Hotel + Travel

  • Reservation Instructions
  • Please contact the hotel directly at (877) 410-2551 to reserve your room. Identify yourself as being with Western Energy Institute to receive a special rate of $209/night. This rate is guaranteed until April 4, 2017 or until the WEI room block is full.

Meet The Speakers

Ed Kelly

IHS Markit

Managing Director, Power, Gas, Coal and Renewables

Dan Kirschner

Northwest Gas Association

Executive Director
Learn More

Dan Kirschner is the Executive Director of the Northwest Gas Association (NWGA). In this role Kirschner works to foster understanding among opinion leaders and informed decision-making by governing officials on issues related to natural gas in the Pacific Northwest. Kirschner has extensive public policy and public affairs experience.

Prior to joining the NWGA, Kirschner was the Vice President of Public Affairs at the Spokane Regional Chamber of Commerce. Before the Chamber, Kirschner was the Majority Chief of Staff in the Washington State House of Representatives. He also served as Regional Director for U.S. Senator Slade Gorton in eastern and central Washington.

Kirschner has a BA in Government and Economics from Eastern Washington University and an MBA from the University of Washington.

Carl Fink

Blue Planet Energy Law

Managing Counsel, West Region

Tania Specogna


Director, Resource Development

Clay Riding

Northwest Innovation Works, LLC

Vice President of Energy Resources

Bill Donahue

Puget Sound Energy

Manager, Natural Gas Resources

Paul Wetherbee

Puget Sound Energy

Director, Energy Supply - Merchant