Executive Planning Committee (May 15-16)

The Executive Planning Committee (EPC) is a distinctive group of senior energy leaders who meet annually to bridge the strategic vision of the WEI Board of Directors and Board Committees, with content and planning for individual programs. The EPC’s efforts culminate over two days, where they meet with their respective business sections of Gas Operations, Electric Operations, Customer Connections and Corporate Services, to address common issues across member organizations. Attendees work together on how to best combine efforts and leverage resources into creating educational track content at both the Customer + Corporate Symposium and the Operations Conference.

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General Details

  • Program Chair(s)
  • Dennis Vermillion, President, Avista Utilities and Senior Vice President, Avista Corp

    • Program Location
    • Hotel Monaco
    • 506 S.W. Washington Street
      Portland, OR 97204
    • Who Should Attend
      • Members of the Executive Planning Committee or their assignees
      • WEI Board Committee members
      • Special invitations
  • Registration Options
  • Member: $399 USD

    Registration includes all materials and associated meals at the conference. Guest passes are available for $100 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 Kevin Sullivan, Director of Member Engagement at (971) 255-4973.


Tuesday, May 15, 2018

12:30 PM - 1:30 PM

Service Company Committee Meeting

1:30 PM - 2:00 PM

Welcome to the Executive Planning Committee Meeting

WEI's Annual Theme will be provided by the WEI Chair-Elect

2:00 PM - 2:30 PM

WEI 2017 – 2018 Theme and Strategic Energy Issues

2:30 PM - 2:45 PM

Networking Break

2:45 PM - 5:00 PM

Executive Hot Topics

During this session each of the four functional areas break out in separate rooms to discuss strategic issues facing their organizations. EPC members will exchange their own expertise to gain a deeper understanding of common challenges. Each of the four WEI Board Committees will provide notes on critical issues from committee meetings. Together, the top issues identified by this roundtable will spring board the EPC into the second day.

6:00 PM - 8:00 PM

Hosted Networking Dinner

Wednesday, May 16, 2018

7:00 AM - 8:00 AM

Networking Breakfast

8:00 AM - 9:00 AM


9:00 AM - 11:00 AM

Conference Leadership Breakout Sessions

Groups will discuss the relevance of the WEI annual theme and the committee guidance. Members will then recommend tracks for their area and clearly articulate the specific audiences for each. Finally, we will identify commitments for Program Delivery Team members and Mentors.

11:00 AM - 12:00 PM

Customer + Corporate. Operations Conference Combined Sessions

12:00 PM - 1:30 PM

Lunch and Report Outs

1:30 PM - 1:30 PM


Hotel + Travel

  • Hotel Monaco
  • 506 S.W. Washington Street
  • Portland, Oregon 97204
  • Phone: 800-711-2971

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  • Reservation Instructions
  • Please contact the hotel directly at 1-800-546-7866 to reserve your room. Identify yourself as being with Western Energy Institute to receive a special rate of $249 USD. This rate is guaranteed until April 27, 2018 or until the WEI room block is full.