Designed for electric utility executives, participants engage in 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. The small size of this program provides a unique environment for collaborative thinking, open discourse and building long-term relationships.
Participation is restricted to senior leaders of WEI energy member companies. This strategic forum is designed for vice presidents, directors of electric operations and general managers responsible for maintaining system reliability.
Member: $699 USD
Registration price increases by $100 after March 7, 2017. Registration includes comprehensive meeting materials and all food events. A guest ticket is available for $125 and is for a personal guest (a spouse or partner who does not work in the energy industry) to accompany a registered attendee at the event.
12:30 PM - 1:00 PM
1:00 PM - 1:15 PM
Welcome and Introductions
1:15 PM - 2:45 PM
Current Challenges and Opportunities Roundtable
What challenges and successes are at the forefront of Operations for your company?
2:45 PM - 3:00 PM
Arc Flash Incident and Learnings
Gary Donald of FortisAlberta will present a case study on an arc flash incident.
Primary Contact Incident
Gordon Nottell of ENMAX will go over some learnings from a primary contact incident.
3:00 PM - 5:00 PM
Gary Donald of Fortis Alberta will kick of the Safety Roundtable discussion with a presentation on Arc Flash learnings.
5:00 PM - 8:00 PM
Welcome Reception and Dinner
7:00 AM - 8:00 AM
8:00 AM - 9:00 AM
Employee Development through 5-Minute Foreman
Mike Schmit, NorthWestern Energy, and Gary Donald, Fortis Alberta will present the use and effectiveness of 5-Minute Foreman for their respective companies.
9:00 AM - 10:00 AM
Survey on Labor Agreements
Bryan Cox, Avista, will present the results of a survey on Labor Agreements (Trends and Directions) followed by discussion on the subject.
10:00 AM - 10:30 AM
Contractor Safety Management
Dan Koch, Puget Sound Energy, will present on Contractor Safety Management.
10:30 AM - 12:00 PM
Jeff Borders, Pacific Gas and Electric Company, will lead an open discussion on topics including electronic work systems and field mobility and automation.
12:00 PM - 1:00 PM
1:00 PM - 2:45 PM
Michelle Vargo, Seattle City Light, will lead an open discussion on topics including safe driver monitoring, LIDAR use, and vegetation management.
2:45 PM - 3:00 PM
3:00 PM - 4:30 PM
Ben Hendry, Idaho Power, will lead an open discussion on topics including open air switches and EPZ grounding.
4:30 PM - 5:00 PM
Brainstorm Topics for Fall Meeting
5:00 PM - 6:00 PM
Reception (dinner on your own)
Please contact the hotel directly at (800) 234-5117 to reserve your room. Identify yourself as being with Western Energy Institute to receive a special rate of $189/night. This rate is guaranteed until March 7, 2017 or until the WEI room block is full.