Executive Planning Committee (May 10-11)

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 Spring Energy Symposium and the Operations Conference.

General Details

Program Location
Hotel Monaco
506 SW Washington Street
Portland, Oregon 97204

Who Should Attend
Members of the Executive Planning Committee or their assignees
WEI Board Committee members
Special invitations

Registration Options
Member: $399

Guest passes with a registration are available for $100 and includes networking dinner only. For more information contact Eric Christenson at 971.230.6984.


Tuesday, May 10, 2016

2:00 PM – 2:20 PM
Welcome, Introductions & Meeting Objectives
Speaker: Chuck Meyer, Western Energy Institute
WEI’s President welcomes the 2016 Executive Planning Committee and outlines the goals for the meeting, provides statistics from the Spring Energy Symposium and Operations Conference, and the relationship of the EPC and the August planning meetings.

2:20 PM – 2:45 PM
WEI 2016 – 2017 Theme and Strategic Energy Issues
Speaker: David Hutchens, UNS Energy Corp.
The 2016-2017 WEI Annual Theme will be provided by the WEI Chair-Elect, who will be the Board of Directors Chair at the WEI Annual Meeting.

2:45 PM – 3:00 PM

3:00 PM – 5:00 PM
Executive Hot Topics – Breakout Sessions by Committee
Facilitator: Conference Leadership
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 – 9:00 PM
Welcome Reception and Dinner
Sponsored by:

Wednesday, May 11, 2016

7:00 AM – 8:00 AM
Hosted Continental Breakfast

8:00 AM – 8:30 AM
Keynote Speaker

8:30 AM – 10:30 AM
Conference Tracks and August Planning Team Leadership Breakout Sessions

  • Evaluate WEI programs and new efforts
  • Recommended tracks and clearly articulate the specific audiences for each
  • Identify commitments for Program Delivery Team members and Mentors
  • Discuss relevance of WEI Annual Theme and Committee Guidance

10:45 AM – 11:00 AM

11:00 AM – 12:00 PM
Customer + Corporate Symposium and Operations Conference Combined Sessions

  • Opportunities for joint tracks
  • Identify general session topics
  • Identify possible speakers

12:00 PM – 1:30 PM
Catered Lunch and Conference Leadership Report Out

  • Assure that Annual Theme and Board Committee Expectations are met
  • Articulate Target Audience, Tracks, Session Topics, and Session Objectives
  • Identify Program Delivery Teams and Leadership
  • Identify Next Steps and Responsibilities
  • Identify synergies between conferences

1:30 PM

Hotel + Travel

Monaco Hotel
506 SW Washington Street
Portland, Oregon 97204

The block at Hotel Monaco expires April 22, 2016 and the hotel may be entirely sold out. In addition, Portland has a city-wide event and downtown hotel prices range in the $350-450 range for May 10.

For those looking for a reduced rate, WEI recommends the River’s Edge Hotel which is located along the Willamette River and 10-minutes from the Monaco. The hotel provides a free shuttle that should be requested upon check-in. The River’s Edge Hotel may be reached at 888.556.4402.