Energy Management (May 07-09)

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.

General Details

  • Program Chair(s)
  • Randy Friedman, Senior Director Gas Supply, NW Natural

    • Program Location
    • Hilton Portland Downtown
    • 921 SW 6th Ave
      Portland, OR 97204
    • 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: $749 USD
    Regular: $1,299 USD

    Registration prices increase $100 after April 22, 2019. 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. Guest registration includes all meals and receptions, and all program materials.

  • 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 Kris Taylor, Program Manager at (971) 255-4969.


Tuesday, May 7, 2019

5:00 PM - 5:30 PM


5:30 PM - 7:00 PM

Welcome Reception

Dinner on your own.

Wednesday, May 8, 2019

8:00 AM - 8:30 AM


8:30 AM - 8:45 AM

Speaker(s): Randy Friedman, Senior Director, Gas Supply, NW Natural

8:45 AM - 9:30 AM

PNW Policy Updates
Speaker(s): Kathryn Williams, Director of Government and Community Affairs, NW Natural, Kathryn Williams, Director of Government and Community Affairs, NW Natural

9:30 AM - 9:45 AM


9:45 AM - 10:30 AM

Roundtable - Introductions, Challenges and Successes
Facilitator(s): Randy Friedman, Senior Director, Gas Supply, NW Natural

Introduce ourselves around the table with Name, Title, Company, Challenges and Successes.

10:30 AM - 11:15 AM

Enbridge Incident Roundtable
Speaker(s): Gary Venz, Manager, Marketing Services, Williams Northwest Pipeline, Scott Winner, Department of Energy Operations Research Analyst, Bonneville Power Administration, John Nguyen, Continuity of Operations & Emergency Management, Bonneville Power Administration, Mike Rasmuson, Director, Marketing Services, Williams Northwest Pipeline

A roundtable discussion of the impacts of the Enbridge incident on your organizations this past winter.

11:15 AM - 12:00 PM

Low Carbon Initiatives
Speaker(s): Ryan Bracken, Principal Economist - Strategic Planning, NW Natural

12:00 PM - 1:00 PM

Hosted Lunch

1:00 PM - 1:45 PM

Natural Gas Supply/Demand Fundamentals
Speaker(s): Ed Kelly, Managing Director, Power, Gas, Coal and Renewables, IHS Markit

1:45 PM - 2:30 PM

Financial Hedging Roundtable

2:30 PM - 2:45 PM


2:45 PM - 4:00 PM

RNG Project Updates
Facilitator(s): Ralph Epling, Project developer/Consultant, Self Employed

6:00 PM - 8:30 PM

Hosted Networking Dinner

Hosted dinner will be held at the Q Restaurant & Bar
828 SW 2nd Ave, Portland, OR 97204

Thursday, May 9, 2019

7:30 AM - 8:00 AM


8:00 AM - 9:45 AM

Roundtable Discussion
Facilitator(s): Randy Friedman, Senior Director, Gas Supply, NW Natural

9:45 AM - 10:00 AM


10:00 AM - 11:00 AM

Roundtable Discussion
Speaker(s): Randy Friedman, Senior Director, Gas Supply, NW Natural

11:00 AM - 11:30 AM

Planning for 2019 Fall Energy Management Meeting

Hotel + Travel

  • Reservation Instructions
  • For easy online booking, simply visit the Duniway website (above) and enter “WEM” into the Group / Convention Code box. You may also call 1-800-HILTONS and speak with a reservations agent to book a room. Identify yourself as being with WEI Energy Management or offer the code “WEM” to receive a special rate of $239 USD/night. This rate is guaranteed until April 22, 2019 or until the WEI room block is full.

Meet The Speakers

Ed Kelly

IHS Markit

Managing Director, Power, Gas, Coal and Renewables

Randy Friedman

NW Natural

Senior Director, Gas Supply

Gary Venz

Williams Northwest Pipeline

Manager, Marketing Services
Learn More

Gary Venz is the Manager of Marketing Services for Williams Northwest Pipeline. Gary is a graduate of the University of Utah, where he received a BS in Finance. Before joining Williams, Gary worked as the Manager of Origination for Duke Energy North America and started his professional career in San Francisco working for the Private Client Group at Merrill Lynch.

At Williams, Gary directs and maintains customer relations and commercial activities for pipeline customers. Develops, negotiates, and administers transportation related agreements and strategies for the pipeline company to ensure customer satisfaction, loyalty, market growth and segmentation and value added strategy initiatives. Oversees the development and evaluation of transportation marketing opportunities and discounting strategies.

Ryan Bracken

NW Natural

Principal Economist - Strategic Planning

Ralph Epling

Self Employed

Project developer/Consultant
Learn More

Ralph retired from IGI Resources Inc. (a BP Energy Co.) in 2019 and has started his own company to develop renewable natural gas projects and provide consulting services to the energy industry.

Prior to this, Ralph was with IGI Resources, Inc in Seattle since 1994. BP purchased IGI in 2000. Ralph was responsible for marketing gas to large industrial and Utility customers in the Pacific NW.

Ralph has prior experience working for several gas utilities in the Pacific NW and also has experience working for a small gas producer negotiating agreements to move gas from the wellhead to the burnertip.

Scott Winner

Bonneville Power Administration

Department of Energy Operations Research Analyst
Learn More

Scott Winner has been with the Bonneville Power Administration for 15 years. He is currently the Senior Subject Matter Expert in Hourly Generation Scheduling of the Federal Columbia Power System (FCRPS).

John Nguyen

Bonneville Power Administration

Continuity of Operations & Emergency Management

Mike Rasmuson

Williams Northwest Pipeline

Director, Marketing Services

Kathryn Williams

NW Natural

Director of Government and Community Affairs

Kathryn Williams

NW Natural

Director of Government and Community Affairs