May

05-07

Energy Management – Virtual (May 05-07)

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, renewable natural gas, and the influence of storage and infrastructure projects.

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General Details

  • Program Chair(s)
  • Bill Donahue, Puget Sound Energy

    • Program Location
    • Virtual Event
    • No travel required. All agenda times are in Pacific time. Instructions to access the virtual event will be provided to the attendee before the program.
    • Who Should Attend
    • Senior level management responsible for energy supply, storage, transportation, trading, marketing, transmission or business development. Electric utilities with gas generation are encouraged to attend.

  • Registration Options
  • Member: $199 USD

    Registration includes attendance to all agenda topics and events as well as comprehensive meeting materials.

  • General Cancellation Policy
  • To best serve WEI members and program participants during the COVID-19 pandemic, WEI will be waiving its standard cancellation policy for this virtual program. Registrants can receive a full refund should they need to cancel their registration up to the day before the program begins.
  • 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. Recording is not permitted for any portion of the event.
  • For more information contact Kris Taylor, Senior Program + Service Company Manager at (971) 255-4969.

Agenda

All session times are listed in Pacific time.

Wednesday, May 5, 2021

11:30 AM - 12:00 PM

Virtual Help Desk + Technology Check

The room will open early with optional time for participants to get familiar with the virtual platform, test their audio and webcam, or ask questions about the agenda before we begin.

12:00 PM - 12:30 PM

Welcome and Introductions
Speaker(s): Bill Donahue, Manager, Natural Gas Resources, Puget Sound Energy, Michelle Wildie, Senior Engineer, Puget Sound Energy

12:30 PM - 1:30 PM

PNW Carbon Reduction Policies
Speaker(s): Dan Kirschner, Executive Director, Northwest Gas Association

1:30 PM - 1:45 PM

Break

1:45 PM - 3:00 PM

Carbon Reduction Goals Roundtable
Facilitator(s): Bill Donahue, Manager, Natural Gas Resources, Puget Sound Energy

Several utilities will share their company’s carbon reduction roadmaps with the group to kick off a lively discussion of the tools each company is considering to move closer to their lofty goals.

3:00 PM - 3:30 PM

Break

Gather your beverages and come meet at 3:30 PM to catch up online with old friends and acquaintances.

3:30 PM - 4:30 PM

Cinco de Mayo Meet + Greet

Meet new contacts attending the Energy Management forum and catch up online with old friends. Sombreros, saguaros, and serapes optional.

Thursday, May 6, 2021

11:30 AM - 12:00 PM

Virtual Help Desk + Technology Check

The room will open early with optional time for participants to get familiar with the virtual platform, test their audio and webcam, or ask questions about the agenda before we begin.

12:00 PM - 1:00 PM

Challenges + Successes Roundtable - Winter Debrief

Utility members share their challenges and successes of the past year as they related to gas supply management.

1:00 PM - 2:00 PM

Gas Decarbonization Opportunities
Speaker(s): Jade Patterson, Analyst, BloombergNEF

BloombergNEF is a leading provider of strategic research on the pathways for the power, transport, industry, buildings and agriculture sectors to adapt to the energy transition. Hear them speak about RNG and hydrogen's part of the energy transition. A lively Q&A will follow.

2:00 PM - 2:30 PM

Break

2:30 PM - 4:00 PM

Challenges + Successes Roundtable - RNG/Hydrogen

Continued conversation as members share their utility's perspective and all members help each other overcome their challenges.

Friday, May 7, 2021

9:00 AM - 10:30 AM

Challenges + Successes Roundtable - Resource Additions

Continued conversation as members share their utility's perspective and all members help each other overcome their challenges.

10:30 AM - 11:00 AM

Break

11:00 AM - 12:00 PM

Bringing Carbon Capture to the Built Environment
Speaker(s): Doug Staker, VP, Business Development, CarbonQuest

12:00 PM - 12:30 PM

Planning for the October 2021 Energy Management Meeting

Members suggest topics to be discussed at the next Energy Management meeting October 13-15, 2021 at the Omni Rancho Las Palmas Resort & Spa in Rancho Mirage, CA.

Meet The Speakers

Bill Donahue

Puget Sound Energy

Manager, Natural Gas Resources

Dan Kirschner

Northwest Gas Association

Executive Director

Jade Patterson

BloombergNEF

Analyst

Doug Staker

CarbonQuest

VP, Business Development
Learn More

Doug Staker is an energy professional that has worked globally for 30 years. He has been a pioneer in the world of smart grid technologies with a focus on smart metering and intelligent energy storage. He is currently Vice President of Business Development at CarbonQuest and is focused on technology that can increase decarbonization now. Prior to joining CarbonQuest, Stake was Vice President of Utility Business Development for Enel X, a global power company. Enel X acquired Demand Energy, in 2017, where Stake was a cofounder and a specialist in distributed energy storage systems. Prior to Demand Energy, Stake was a Vice President in various roles at Itron, a global leader in smart metering. Stake is applying his experience in developing new markets for emerging technologies that can have impact today. He is a third-generation power engineer who grew up in the energy industry. Stake is an active industry participant and his ability to explain complex technology into understandable terms has resulted in groups requesting his contribution in frequent speaking events and industry panels.