Mar

21-22

Operations Business Strategies – Electric (Mar 21-22)

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.

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General Details

  • Program Chair(s)
  • Dan Koch, Puget Sound Energy

    • Program Location
    • Kimpton Canary Hotel
    • 31 West Carrillo Street
      Santa Barbara, California 93101
    • Who Should Attend
    • 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. 

  • Registration Options
  • Member: $699 USD

    Registration fee increases $100 after February 27, 2018. Registration includes comprehensive meeting materials and all food events. Guest tickets are available for $150 and allow a personal guest (a spouse or partner who does not work in the energy industry) to accompany a registered attendee at the event.

  • 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.

Agenda

Wednesday, March 21, 2018

12:30 PM - 1:00 PM

Registration

1:00 PM - 1:15 PM

Welcome and Introductions
Speaker(s): Dan Koch, Director, Electric Operations, Puget Sound Energy

1:15 PM - 2:45 PM

Current Challenges and Opportunities Roundtable
Facilitator(s): Dan Koch, Director, Electric Operations, Puget Sound Energy

What challenges and successes are at the forefront of Operations for your company?

2:45 PM - 3:00 PM

Break

3:00 PM - 3:45 PM

Safety Incident Review
Speaker(s): Dan Koch, Director, Electric Operations, Puget Sound Energy

3:45 PM - 5:00 PM

Safety Roundtable
Facilitator(s): David Lebeter, Vice President, Field & Grid Operations, BC Hydro

5:30 PM - 8:00 PM

Welcome Reception and Dinner

Thursday, March 22, 2018

7:00 AM - 8:00 AM

Breakfast

8:00 AM - 8:45 AM

Presentation on Disruptive Technologies

8:45 AM - 10:00 AM

Technology Roundtable
Facilitator(s): Cynthia Garcia, Senior Director Transmission & Distribution Operations, TEP

10:00 AM - 10:30 AM

Break

10:30 AM - 11:15 AM

In-sourcing Vs. Out-sourcing Field and Design Resources
Speaker(s): Mansur Bitar, Director, Distribution, EPCOR Distribution and Transmission Inc.

11:15 AM - 12:00 PM

Workforce Roundtable
Facilitator(s): Attila Miszti, Director, Line Assets - Design, Construction and Maintenance, Sacramento Municipal Utility District

12:00 PM - 1:00 PM

Lunch

1:00 PM - 1:45 PM

LADWP/IBEW Local 18 Code of Excellence Focus
Speaker(s): Bill Herriott, Assistant Director Power Transmission and Distribution, Los Angeles Department of Water & Power

1:45 PM - 2:45 PM

Survey Findings on Bargaining Unit Contracts
Speaker(s): David Howell, Director of Operations, Avista Corp.

2:45 PM - 3:00 PM

Break

3:00 PM - 3:30 PM

Plans for Indoor Substation Fires
Speaker(s): Lanny Sawchuck, Director, Regional Operations, BC Hydro

3:30 PM - 4:30 PM

Infrastructure/Operations Roundtable
Facilitator(s): Brent Kobelka, Director, District Operations, ATCO Electric

4:30 PM - 5:00 PM

Brainstorm Topics for Fall Meeting

5:00 PM - 6:00 PM

Reception (dinner on your own)

Hotel + Travel

  • Kimpton Canary Hotel
  • 31 West Carrillo Street
  • Santa Barbara, California 93101
  • Phone: (805) 884-0300
  • Reservation Instructions
  • Please use the reservation link below or contact the hotel directly at (866) 999-5401 to reserve your room. Identify yourself as being with Western Energy Institute to receive a special rate of $269 USD/night. This rate is guaranteed until February 27, 2018 or until the WEI room block is full.


  • Click here to make your reservation now.

Meet The Speakers

Dan Koch

Puget Sound Energy

Director, Electric Operations

David Lebeter

BC Hydro

Vice President, Field & Grid Operations

Cynthia Garcia

TEP

Senior Director Transmission & Distribution Operations

Mansur Bitar

EPCOR Distribution and Transmission Inc.

Director, Distribution

Attila Miszti

Sacramento Municipal Utility District

Director, Line Assets - Design, Construction and Maintenance

Bill Herriott

Los Angeles Department of Water & Power

Assistant Director Power Transmission and Distribution

David Howell

Avista Corp.

Director of Operations

Lanny Sawchuck

BC Hydro

Director, Regional Operations

Brent Kobelka

ATCO Electric

Director, District Operations