Gas Utility Fundamentals + Insights (Apr 04)

This program provides utility and service company employees with a broad understanding of how the gas utility industry works, as well as with a better awareness of their own roles within their organizations. Designed for new, seasoned and emerging employees, participants will explore the critical issues affecting the gas industry and the interaction between utilities and their stakeholders. This program is offered as a general session for individual registrations. Additionally, it is offered with a customizable curriculum and hosted regularly by WEI member companies in order to address their specific organizational needs and provide a unique, individualized training experience for their employees.

General Details

  • Program Location
  • Western Energy Institute Facilities
  • 1001 SW 5th Ave, Suite 325Portland, Oregon 97204
  • Who Should Attend
  • Whether your organization has employees who are new to the gas industry, individuals who could benefit from business acumen associated with their field, or a need for participation in a forum focused around contemporary topics affecting the energy industry – WEI encourages you to contribute and learn.
    • Experienced professional who are newly hired into the energy industry
    • Seasoned energy employees who have only been in one or two areas for much of their careers
    • Identified early career high performers who should fast-track their understanding of the industry
    • Service company employees who benefit from understanding the history, issues and emerging issues facing energy companies

  • Registration Options
  • Member: $499 USD
    Regular: $999 USD

    Member registration price increases $100 after March 17, 2017. Regular registration price increases $200. Registration includes all course materials, continental breakfast, and a catered lunch.

    In collaboration with Northwest Gas Association

  • 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.


Tuesday, April 4, 2017

7:30 AM - 8:00 AM

Registration Open

8:00 AM - 8:30 AM


8:30 AM - 9:30 AM

Natural Gas Industry Overview

Topics covered include:
– History of natural gas use
– Natural gas properties and exploration
– Supply, transmission, and distribution systems
– Industry measurements

9:30 AM - 9:45 AM


9:45 AM - 10:45 AM

Natural Gas Consumption and Trends

Topics covered include:
– Primary and secondary consumption
– Compressed Natural Gas and Liquefied Natural Gas
– Factors that drive demand
– Industry terminology

10:45 AM - 11:00 AM


11:00 AM - 12:00 PM

How Utilities Make Money

Topics covered include:
– Types of utilities (IOUs, Munis, Co-Ops, etc.)
– Common organizational structures
– Balancing interests of stakeholders
– Rate making fundamentals

12:00 PM - 1:00 PM


1:00 PM - 2:00 PM

Natural Gas Operations

Topics covered include:
– Gas system planning
– Supply and resource management
– Natural gas storage
– Construction and maintenance

2:00 PM - 2:15 PM


2:15 PM - 3:15 PM

Regulations, Codes, and Safety

Topics covered include:
– Industry regulation
– Integrity Management programs
– Inspections
– Public Safety messaging

3:15 PM - 3:30 PM


3:30 PM - 4:30 PM

Emerging Issues

Topics covered include:
– Fracking
– Transportation
– Ways to grow demand
– Environmental aspects of natural gas

4:30 PM - 5:00 PM

Q&A and Wrap-Up

5:00 PM - 5:00 PM


Meet The Speakers

Scott Williams

PNW Utility Consulting