Energy Management (Oct 24-26)

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.

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General Details

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

    • Program Location
    • The Westin San Diego
    • 400 West Broadway
      San Diego, California 92101
    • 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
    Regular: $1,199

    Prices increase $100 after October 3, 2016. Registration includes comprehensive meeting materials and all food events. Guest passes are available for $150 and includes the welcome reception, hosted reception and networking dinner. No other food events are included with the guest pass.

  • 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.


Monday, October 24, 2016

5:30 PM - 7:00 PM

Welcome Reception

Tuesday, October 25, 2016

8:00 AM - 8:30 AM


8:30 AM - 8:45 AM

Welcome and Introductions

8:45 AM - 9:45 AM

Southern California Energy Infrastructure
Speaker(s): Gina Orozco-Mejia, Vice President – Gas Operations, San Diego Gas & Electric, Southern California Gas Company

9:45 AM - 10:00 AM


10:00 AM - 11:00 AM

Speaker(s): Sean Reavis, SVP Environmental Products and West Gas, BP Group

A discussion around renewable natural gas markets and the EPA’s Renewable Identification Numbers (RINs).

11:00 AM - 12:00 PM

Methanol Update
Speaker(s): Clay Riding, Vice President of Energy Resources, Northwest Innovation Works, LLC

An update on NW Innovation Works’ methanol project and a broader look at the global methanol market.

12:00 PM - 1:00 PM


1:00 PM - 2:00 PM

Carbon: OR and WA Proposals on Carbon Tax/Cap and Trade
Speaker(s): Gary Bauer, Director Government Affairs, NW Natural

The State of Washington’s Clean Air Rule goes into effect January 1st. This presentation will look at the status of state legislation and regulations pertaining to carbon emissions, such as the Clean Air Rule, and other carbon tax or cap & trade proposals.

2:00 PM - 2:45 PM

Roundtable Discussion

2:45 PM - 3:00 PM


3:00 PM - 4:00 PM

Gas Market Fundamentals
Speaker(s): Luke Jackson, Project Consultant, Bentek Energy

This presentation will examine some of the causes for recent shifts in gas markets and if they are here to stay.

6:00 PM - 8:00 PM

Networking Reception and Hosted Group Dinner

Currant American Brasserie
140 W Broadway
San Diego, CA 92101

Wednesday, October 26, 2016

7:30 AM - 8:00 AM


8:00 AM - 9:00 AM

Roundtable on Emergency Planning and Tools

An update on the NorthWest Mutual Assistance Agreement (NWMAA) and a summary of the meeting held in Portland recently.

9:00 AM - 9:45 AM

Roundtable Discussion (continued)

9:45 AM - 10:00 AM


10:00 AM - 11:15 AM

Roundtable Discussion (continued)

11:15 AM - 11:30 AM

Planning for 2017 Spring Energy Management Meeting

11:30 AM - 11:30 AM

Meeting Adjourns

Hotel + Travel

  • Reservation Instructions
  • Please contact the hotel directly at (888) 627-9033 to reserve your room. Identify yourself as being with Western Energy Institute to receive a special rate of $219/night. This rate is guaranteed until October 3, 2016 or until the WEI room block is full.

Meet The Speakers

Sean Reavis

BP Group

SVP Environmental Products and West Gas

Clay Riding

Northwest Innovation Works, LLC

Vice President of Energy Resources

Gary Bauer

NW Natural

Director Government Affairs

Luke Jackson

Bentek Energy

Project Consultant

Gina Orozco-Mejia

Southern California Gas Company

Vice President – Gas Operations, San Diego Gas & Electric
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Gina Orozco-Mejia is vice president, gas distribution, for Southern California Gas Company (SoCalGas) and San Diego Gas & Electric (SDG&E), Sempra Energy’s regulated California utilities. She oversees all aspects of gas distribution operations.

Since joining SoCalGas as an engineering intern in 1990, Orozco-Mejia has held a variety of increasingly responsible roles in engineering, field services, gas system operations, environmental, international development and operations staff. She previously served as director of labor relations, responsible for working with the unions that represent approximately 5,000 SoCalGas employees; director of region operations, responsible for gas distribution, resource management, engineering & planning and customer services; and director of system operations, responsible for gas control, gas scheduling and transmission system planning.

Orozco-Mejia has a master’s degree in business administration from Claremont Graduate University and a bachelor’s degree in electrical engineering from California State University, Los Angeles. She currently serves on the board of directors for Adventist Health White Memorial Medical Center Charitable Foundation. Orozco-Mejia is also an alumna of the Southern California Leadership Network and Leadership California.