Executive Planning Committee (May 06-07)

The Executive Planning Committee (EPC) is a distinct group of senior energy leaders who meet annually to bridge the strategic vision of the WEI Board of Directors and Board Committees to plan the tracks for the upcoming Customer + Corporate Symposium and the Operations Conference. 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. EPC members are responsible for designating employee candidates from their organization to join the Customer + Corporate and Operations Program Development Teams (PDT) for the upcoming year.

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General Details

  • Program Location
  • Hyatt Regency Portland at the Oregon Convention Center
  • 375 NE Holladay Street, Portland, Oregon 97232
  • Who Should Attend
    • Appointed members of the Executive Planning Committee
    • WEI Board Committee members
    • Special invitations
  • Registration Options
  • Member: $549 USD

    Registration includes access to all agenda items, meals, and digital program materials. Guest tickets are available for $150 and allow for 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.

  • 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. Recording is not permitted for any portion of the event.
  • For more information contact Amy Nye, Director of Programs at (971) 303-2119.


Monday, May 6, 2024

12:30 PM - 1:00 PM

Registration + Networking

Arrive early to register and network with peers. Light snacks and refreshments will be provided.

1:00 PM - 1:15 PM

Welcome to the Executive Planning Committee

WEI welcomes the 2024 Executive Planning Committee and outlines the goals for the meeting.

1:15 PM - 2:15 PM

Industry Topic

2:15 PM - 2:30 PM

Networking Break

2:30 PM - 5:00 PM

Breakout Sessions - Committee Roundtables

During this session each of the four functional areas (Customer Connections, Corporate Services, Electric Operations, and Gas Operations) meet separately to discuss strategic issues. Come prepared to answer and discuss the question prompts below. Together, the top issues identified by this roundtable will springboard the EPC into the second day.

– What are the top 3 strategic issues and challenges that you and your team are facing?
– What have been your utility’s biggest successes this year that would be relevant to share with other utilities?
– What other issues or opportunities will affect the industry and your utility in the future?

5:00 PM - 7:30 PM

Networking Reception + Dinner

Join us for a hosted networking reception followed by a plated dinner onsite.

Tuesday, May 7, 2024

7:30 AM - 8:30 AM

Networking Breakfast + WEI 2025 Annual Theme
Speaker(s): John Hairston, Administrator & CEO, Bonneville Power Administration

The WEI Annual Theme will be shared by WEI’s 2025 Chair-Elect.

8:30 AM - 8:45 AM

Networking Break

8:45 AM - 10:45 AM

Breakout Sessions - Committee Planning

Building from the WEI 2025 Theme and the previous day's roundtable discussion, each Committee will recap issues and opportunities and recommend the tracks for next year's Customer + Corporate Symposium and Operations Conference.

10:45 AM - 11:00 AM

Networking Break

11:00 AM - 11:45 AM

Committee Report Outs

Committee leadership from the Customer + Corporate Symposium and Operations Conference come together to look at the big picture for each conference and identify any overlaps in content. This session is open to all EPC members.

Hotel + Travel

  • Reservation Instructions
  • Please contact the hotel at (971) 222-1234 to reserve your room. Identify yourself as being with “WEI” to receive a special rate of $234 USD/night. This rate is guaranteed until April 15, 2024 or until the WEI room block is full.

Program Sponsors

Platinum Sponsors
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Meeting Sponsors



Meet The Speakers

John Hairston

Bonneville Power Administration

Administrator & CEO