Operations Business Strategies – Electric (Apr 13-14)

Designed for electric utility executives, participants engage in a best practice roundtables to address electric distribution system and substation reliability and safety. Members share benchmarking and performance study results spanning safety, workforce management, infrastructure improvements and overall performance excellence. Topics in recent years include: advanced metering analytics, system infrastructure, transmission physical security, underground inspection programs, workforce benefits, recruiting models, mobile scheduling technology, electronic tailboarding, fatigue management, reducing vehicle incidents, emergency management, and safety root-cause analysis.

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General Details

Program Chair
Wayne Wisdom, Senior Director, Distribution Operations and Maintenance, Salt River Project

Program Location
Hyatt Palm Springs
285 N Palm Canyon Drive,
Palm Springs, CA 92262

Who Should Attend
Restricted to WEI energy companies only, this strategic forum is designed for senior electric utility executives including vice presidents, directors of electric operations and general managers responsible for maintaining system reliability in the face of tightened budgets, aging workforce and increased public scrutiny.

Registration Options
Member: $699

Prices increase $100 after March 16, 2016. Registration fee includes comprehensive meeting materials and all food events. Guest passes are available for $125 and include the Wednesday evening welcome reception and dinner and the Thursday evening reception.

For more information contact Beverly Jones Woolf at 503.688.2790.


Wednesday, April 13

12:30 PM – 1:00 PM
Lunch on your own.

1:00 PM – 1:15 PM
Welcome and Introductions
Speaker: Wayne Wisdom, Salt River Project

1:15 PM – 2:15 PM
Current Challenges and Opportunities Roundtable
Speaker: Wayne Wisdom, Salt River Project

2:15 PM – 2:30 PM

2:30 PM – 3:30 PM
SOP – Safety Observation Program
Speaker: Wayne Wisdom, Salt River Project

3:30 PM – 5:00 PM
Safety Roundtable
Facilitator: Tuan Tran, Seattle City Light

5:30 PM – 8:00 PM
Welcome Reception and Dinner

Thursday, April 14

7:00 AM – 8:00 AM

8:00 AM – 9:15 AM
Workforce Roundtable
Facilitator: David Lamb, Portland General Electric

9:15 AM – 10:15 AM
Spokane Storm November, 2015
Speaker: Bryan Cox, Avista

10:15 AM – 10:45 AM

10:45 AM – 12:00 PM
Technology Roundtable
Facilitator: Gary Donald, FortisAlberta

12:00 PM – 1:00 PM

1:00 PM – 2:45 PM
Root Cause Findings of Event Investigations
Speakers: Emmett Riordan, NorthWestern Energy
Dave Lamb, Portland General Electric
Tuan Tran, Seattle City Light
If time allows will follow with an open discussion about root cause – accident results and lessons learned.

2:45 PM – 3:00 PM

3:00 PM – 4:30 PM
Wrap Up Roundtable
Facilitator: Wayne Wisdom

4:30 PM – 5:00 PM
Brainstorm Topics for Fall Meeting

5:00 PM – 6:00 PM
Networking Reception
Dinner on your own.

Hotel + Travel

Hyatt Palm Springs
285 N Palm Canyon Drive,
Palm Springs, CA 92262
Phone: 888.421.1442 or 402.592.6464

Reservations can be made online or contact the hotel directly at 888.421.1442 and refer to group code 12WE.  A special rate of $189, plus state and local taxes, is guaranteed until March 30, 2016, or until the WEI room block is full.

The Palm Springs Hyatt offers a complimentary airport shuttle. Please call 760.322.9000 to make arrangements. They are also offering a special rate of $15/day for valet parking at the hotel.