Energy Management (Nov 01-03)

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)
  • John Olenick, Director/Gas Supply, Southwest Gas Corporation

    • Program Location
    • Mandalay Bay Resort and Casino
    • 3950 S Las Vegas Blvd
      Las Vegas, NV 89119
    • 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: $1,119 USD

    Registration prices increase $100 after October 2, 2017. Registration includes attendance to all agenda topics and events as well as comprehensive meeting materials. 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, November 1, 2017

1:15 PM - 4:00 PM

Optional Networking Tour - Grow House

Meet in the Mandalay Bay lobby at 1:15pm

5:30 PM - 7:00 PM

Welcome Reception

Dinner on your own.

Thursday, November 2, 2017

8:00 AM - 8:30 AM


8:30 AM - 8:45 AM

Welcome and Introductions
Facilitator(s): John Olenick, Director/Gas Supply, Southwest Gas Corporation

8:45 AM - 9:45 AM

Gas Price Update
Speaker(s): Ben Go, Director, Structured Products, BP Group

This presentation will cover the current influences on gas prices and will address the slowdown of LNG.

9:45 AM - 10:00 AM


10:00 AM - 11:00 AM

Local Energy Spotlight

This presentation will highlight the recent developments in the local energy market from the electric side.

11:00 AM - 12:00 PM

Natural Gas Pathways Towards a Clean and Renewable Energy Future for California
Speaker(s): George Minter, Regional Vice President of External Affairs & Environmental Strategy, Southern California Gas Company

Measures to reduce smog and GHG emissions drive today’s energy and environmental agenda. Natural gas will play an increasing role as a solution. This presentation will outline how the industry can help contribute to de-carbonization. 

12:00 PM - 1:00 PM


1:00 PM - 2:00 PM

Integrating Natural Gas Infrastructure and Services with Intermittent Renewable
Speaker(s): George Wayne, Director, Market service, Kinder Morgan

Kinder Morgan will present on how it is integrating its natural gas infrastructure with the growing load from renewable sources.

2:00 PM - 3:00 PM

Roundtable Discussion

3:00 PM - 3:15 PM


3:15 PM - 4:00 PM

Roundtable Discussion (continued)

6:00 PM - 8:30 PM

Hosted Networking Dinner

SOHO Japanese Restaurant
7377 S Jones Blvd
Las Vegas, NV 89139

Friday, November 3, 2017

7:30 AM - 8:00 AM


8:00 AM - 9:30 AM

Renewable Natural Gas and Green Programs
Speaker(s): Mary MacPherson, Vice President, Equilibrium

A look from the financing perspective to developing RNG and green projects. Equilibrium's mission is to innovate and manage sustainability-driven real asset investment strategies and products for institutional investors.
This presentation will be followed by a roundtable discussion and updates on current programs.

9:30 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 Spring Meeting

11:30 AM - 11:30 AM

Meeting Adjourns

Hotel + Travel

  • Reservation Instructions
  • Please click the link below to book your room online or contact the hotel directly at (702) 632-9000. Identify yourself as being with Western Energy Institute and use the discount code ‘SWEI1117MB’ to receive a special rate of $95 USD/night plus a $35/night resort fee. This rate is guaranteed until October 2, 2017 or until the WEI room block is full.

Meet The Speakers

John Olenick

Southwest Gas Corporation

Director/Gas Supply

Ben Go

BP Group

Director, Structured Products

Mary MacPherson


Vice President

George Minter

Southern California Gas Company

Regional Vice President of External Affairs & Environmental Strategy
Learn More

George Minter is currently Regional Vice President for External Affairs and Environmental Strategy for SoCalGas, the nation’s largest gas utility. He is responsible for the Company’s public affairs, community relations, and energy and environmental affairs functions.

He’s been a long time public policy professional specializing in energy and environmental matters, policy development, communications and political advocacy. Previously, he’s been a managing principal for LA-based public affairs consulting firms, Greer/Dailey/Minter and GM Public Affairs, handling approvals for large energy and land use projects. He began his career as a political consultant managing local, state and national political campaigns.

George has served as a board member of numerous civic associations and community organizations, has been the recipient of several awards and honors, and has been a regular speaker at state and national conferences on energy and environmental policy.

He’s the father of two grown children, is married, and lives in Pasadena, California; and is a Phi Beta Kappa and Honors graduate of the University of California at Berkeley.

George Wayne

Kinder Morgan

Director, Market service