Oct

03-04

Operations Business Strategies (Oct 03-04)

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.

General Details

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

    • Program Location
    • Green Valley Ranch Resort
    • 2300 Paseo Verde Parkway
      Henderson, NV 89052
    • 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: $749 USD

    Registration price increases $100 after September 4, 2018. Registration includes all meals and receptions, and all program materials. 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. Guest registration includes all meals and receptions, and all program materials.

  • 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, October 3, 2018

12:30 PM - 1:00 PM

Registration

1:00 PM - 1:15 PM

Welcome and Introductions

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 - 5:00 PM

Distribution Inspection Programs and Inspection Cycles
Speaker(s): David Howell, Operations Director, Avista Corp.

5:30 PM - 8:00 PM

Welcome Networking Dinner

Thursday, October 4, 2018

7:00 AM - 8:00 AM

Breakfast

8:00 AM - 10:00 AM

Deeper Dive into Challenges and Opportunities
Facilitator(s): Dan Koch, Director, Electric Operations, Puget Sound Energy

10:00 AM - 10:30 AM

Break

10:30 AM - 11:45 AM

Restoration Efforts in Puerto Rico and Turks and Caicos
Speaker(s): Wayne Wisdom, Senior Director, Distribution Grid Services, Salt River Project, David Wagner, Director of Line Construction and Metering, Tucson Electric Power

11:45 AM - 12:45 PM

Lunch

12:45 PM - 1:45 PM

Time of Day Rates
Speaker(s): Attila Miszti, Director, Line Assets - Design, Construction and Maintenance, Sacramento Municipal Utility District

1:45 PM - 2:45 PM

Infrastructure Roundtable
Facilitator(s): Cynthia Garcia, Senior Director Transmission & Distribution Operations, Tucson Electric Power

2:45 PM - 3:00 PM

Break

3:00 PM - 4:45 PM

Reliability and Resiliency, Emergency Planning and Response
Speaker(s): Bill Herriott, Assistant Director Power Transmission and Distribution, Los Angeles Department of Water & Power

4:45 PM - 5:00 PM

Brainstorm Topics for Spring Meeting
Facilitator(s): Dan Koch, Director, Electric Operations, Puget Sound Energy

5:00 PM - 6:00 PM

Reception (dinner on your own)

Hotel + Travel

  • Reservation Instructions
  • Please contact the hotel directly at (866) 782-9487 to reserve your room. Identify yourself as being with Western Energy Institute and use the discount code ‘GCIOBS’ to receive a special rate of $200 USD/night. This rate includes the resort fee normally charged to guests and is guaranteed until September 4, 2018 or until the WEI room block is full.

Meet The Speakers

Dan Koch

Puget Sound Energy

Director, Electric Operations

David Howell

Avista Corp.

Operations Director

Wayne Wisdom

Salt River Project

Senior Director, Distribution Grid Services

David Wagner

Tucson Electric Power

Director of Line Construction and Metering

Bill Herriott

Los Angeles Department of Water & Power

Assistant Director Power Transmission and Distribution

Cynthia Garcia

Tucson Electric Power

Senior Director Transmission & Distribution Operations

Attila Miszti

Sacramento Municipal Utility District

Director, Line Assets - Design, Construction and Maintenance
Learn More

Attila Miszti has passion for heightened business acumen, efficient allocation of scarce resources, and continuous improvement thru innovation within the work environment. Early on, he worked as a Network Engineer for Cal Fed bank and later joined Citigroup as a member of the “mergers and acquisitions” team. His involvement included both pre-merger technology and financial analysis and post-merger data center and systems integration. There he gained experience in both the technical aspects and often contentious and turbulent human factors involved with post-merger integration.

His interest in performance management and creating “metrics that matter” in 2009 led him to pursue an opportunity with SMUD’s newly minted Enterprise Performance Office. In this role he is tasked with creating objective data measures & metrics and fostering continuous improvement by leading innovative business improvement initiatives. Attila has earned multiple IT industry certifications from CompTIA, Microsoft, and Cisco System in addition to a BS in Economics from University of San Francisco and an MBA from California State University of Sacramento.