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Gas Utility Fundamentals + Insights – WEI Hosted (Oct 09)

This program provides a broad understanding of how the gas utility industry works. Designed for new, seasoned, or emerging employees, participants will explore the critical issues affecting the gas industry and the interaction between utilities and their stakeholders. The class is delivered in a one-day format at the WEI office in Portland, Oregon, and covers an expansive view of the industry including topics such as the history of natural gas use, current trends, how utilities make money, and emerging issues. WEI member companies may also host a class at their location for their employees to provide a unique, individualized training experience. Contact WEI for more information.

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General Details

  • Program Chair(s)
  • Eric Christenson, Director of Program Curriculum + Analytics

    • Program Location
    • Western Energy Institute Facilities
    • 1050 SW 6th Ave, Suite 325
      Portland, Oregon 97204
    • Who Should Attend
    • Wondering if this course is right for you or your staff…

      • Are you new to the energy industry?
      • Have you worked in just one or two areas of the organization?
      • Are you looking for a broader perspective of the business of electricity and emerging issues?
      • Do you work for a service provider to the energy industry who wants to learn more about your customer?

      If the answer is yes to any of these, this course was designed for you.

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

    Member registration prices increase $100 after September 27, 2019. Regular registration prices will increase $300. Registration includes all course materials, continental breakfast, and a catered lunch.

  • 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 Eric Christenson, Director of Program Curriculum + Analytics at (971) 303-2118.

Agenda

Wednesday, October 9, 2019

7:30 AM - 8:00 AM

Registration and Check-In

Continental breakfast provided.

8:00 AM - 8:30 AM

Participant Introductions

8:30 AM - 9:30 AM

Natural Gas Industry Overview

– History of natural gas
– Key terms and definitions
– Natural gas sources and production
– Transmission and distribution infrastructure

9:30 AM - 9:45 AM

Break

9:45 AM - 10:45 AM

Natural Gas Consumption

– How is natural gas consumed?
– Key measurements
– Supply and demand

10:45 AM - 11:00 AM

Break

11:00 AM - 12:00 PM

How Utilities Make Money

– Types of utilities
– Regulatory bodies
– Financial terms and definitions
– Rates

12:00 PM - 1:00 PM

Break for Lunch

Lunch provided.

1:00 PM - 2:00 PM

Gas Operations

– Essentials of gas operations
– System planning
– Resource management

2:00 PM - 2:15 PM

Break

2:15 PM - 3:15 PM

Regulations and Safety

– Safety regulation
– Drivers of change
– Public safety and messaging

3:15 PM - 3:30 PM

Break

3:30 PM - 4:30 PM

Emerging Issues

– Key issues for the natural gas industry
– Managing public perception
– Opportunities for growth

4:30 PM - 5:00 PM

Q&A and Wrap-Up

We circle back to the original expectations of students to ensure that expectations were met.

Hotel + Travel

  • Reservation Instructions
  • WEI has partnered with AC Hotel Portland Downtown, a part of the Marriott Collection, for 2019 and the hotel has extended a special discounted rate for WEI Members which can be booked online. The property is situated in the heart of downtown Portland and is only three blocks away from WEI’s office located at 1050 SW Sixth Ave, Suite 325. With a unique modern design and numerous amenities, the AC Hotel Portland Downtown awaits to accommodate WEI Members in comfort and style. Please reach out to your WEI contact directly if you have any issues using the link.

Meet The Speakers

David Williams

Self Employed

Vice President Retired, NW Natural
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Dave Williams is currently retired from NW Natural after 38 years of service where he was Vice President of Utility Services. He was responsible for NW Natural’s customer acquisition, operations support services, employee relations, corporate communications and advertising and oversaw the departments that provide service to NW Natural’s 700,000 customers.

Mr. Williams joined NW Natural in 1978 in sales. He moved into operations in 1990 as a district manager responsible for construction and other field functions. He was then promoted to General Manager of Operations and District Operations. He became Vice President of Utility Operations in 2007. He also was co-chair for the company’s collaborative Labor Relations Team and continued as the Chief Negotiator and Labor Relations Executive.

Mr. Williams is an active participant in civic and community affairs. He is past chair of the Citizens Crime Commission in Portland Oregon and serves on the College of Business Dean’s Circle of Excellence for Oregon State University and is a past chair of Portland’s Downtown Clean and Safe District, Portland Metro Salvation Army and the Oregon Workforce Investment Board. He also serves on Multnomah’s Homeless Youth Oversight Committee. He was a Past President of the Leadership Portland Alumni Association.

He is a proud graduate of Oregon State University with a degree in Business.