Apr

19-22

Operations Conference – Virtual (Apr 19-22)

The WEI Operations Conference brings together over 600 electric and natural gas energy operations senior leaders, managers, supervisors, and front-line employees for three days of education and networking, with breakout discussions for specific operations functions, including DUAL TRACKS: (1) Operational Leadership, (2) Workforce Development, (3) Safety + Health, (4) Safety Management Systems (SMS), and (5) Asset Management; GAS OPERATIONS TRACKS: (6) Damage Prevention, (7) NG Green Future, (8) NG D&T Emergency Response + Restoration, (9) NG D&T Integrity Management, and (10) NG Operational Excellence; and ELECTRIC OPERATIONS TRACKS: (11) Grid Hardening, (12) Electric Distribution, (13) Evolving Grid Operations, (14) Electric Substation, and (15) Electric Transmission. Track breakout sessions are complemented by thought-provoking general sessions with industry leaders and keynote speakers. This conference is a must for any professional in the energy business. Limited vendor display booth registrations and sponsorship opportunities are available.

General Details

  • Program Chair(s)
  • Andrew Kendall, Senior Assistant General Manager Power System Construction, Maintenance and Operations, Los Angeles Department of Water & Power

    • Program Location
    • Virtual Event
    • No travel required. All agenda times are in Pacific time. Instructions to access the virtual event will be provided before the program.
    • Who Should Attend
    • Electric and Natural Gas Energy Operations:

      • Vice Presidents
      • Directors
      • Managers
      • Supervisors 
      • Front line employees
      • Control professionals
      • Engineering professionals
      • Planning personnel
      • Substation professionals
      • Electric transmission professionals
      • Asset Management professionals
      • Renewable Gas engineering and policy leaders
      • Electric personnel responsible for wildfire mitigation, planning, and response
  • Registration Options
  • Registration will open soon.

  • General Cancellation Policy
  • To best serve WEI members and program participants during the COVID-19 pandemic, WEI will be waiving its standard cancellation policy for this program and all virtual programs through July 2021. Registrants can now receive a full refund should they need to cancel their registration up to the day before the program begins. This applies to both new and existing registrations for virtual programs.
  • 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. Recording is not permitted for any portion of the event.
  • For more information contact Eric Christenson, Director of Program Curriculum + Analytics at (971) 303-2118.

Agenda

Monday, April 19, 2021

1:00 PM - 3:30 PM

Technology Help Desk

WEI will host a virtual registration and help desk before the conference begins and throughout the day. Stop in for a visit if you have questions about the agenda, want more information on how to use the app, or need assistance accessing GoTo Webinar or any of the GoTo Meeting breakout rooms.

3:30 PM - 4:00 PM

PDT + First-Time Meetup

Tuesday, April 20, 2021

7:00 AM - 8:00 AM

Conference Registration Room Open

WEI will host a virtual registration and help desk before the conference begins and throughout the day. Stop in for a visit if you have questions about the agenda, want more information on how to use the app, or need assistance accessing GoTo Webinar or any of the GoTo Meeting breakout rooms.

8:00 AM - 8:45 AM

Conference Welcome

8:45 AM - 9:00 AM

Break

9:00 AM - 10:15 AM

Concurrent Tracks - Breakout Session 1

Operational Leadership
NG Operational Excellence
Grid Hardening
Electric Distribution

10:15 AM - 10:45 AM

Break

10:45 AM - 12:00 PM

Concurrent Tracks - Breakout Session 2

Safety + Health
Damage Prevention
NG Green Future
Grid Hardening
Electric Substation

12:00 PM - 12:30 PM

Break

12:30 PM - 1:45 PM

Concurrent Tracks - Breakout Session 3

Operational Leadership
NG Operational Excellence
Electric Distribution

1:45 PM - 2:15 PM

Break

2:15 PM - 3:30 PM

Concurrent Tracks - Breakout Session 4

Safety + Health
Damage Prevention
NG Green Future
Grid Hardening
Electric Substation

Wednesday, April 21, 2021

8:00 AM - 9:00 AM

Conference Registration Room Open

WEI will host a virtual registration and help desk before the conference begins and throughout the day. Stop in for a visit if you have questions about the agenda, want more information on how to use the app, or need assistance accessing GoTo Webinar or any of the GoTo Meeting breakout rooms.

9:00 AM - 10:15 AM

Concurrent Tracks - Breakout Session 5

Operational Leadership
Safety Management Systems (SMS)
NG D&T Integrity Management
NG Operational Excellence
Grid Hardening
Electric Distribution
Electric Transmission

10:15 AM - 10:45 AM

Break

10:45 AM - 12:00 PM

Concurrent Tracks - Breakout Session 6

Workforce Development
Safety + Health
Asset Management
Damage Prevention
NG Green Future
NG D&T Emergency Response + Restoration
Grid Hardening
Evolving Grid Operations
Electric Substation

12:00 PM - 1:00 PM

Lunchtime Keynote

1:00 PM - 2:15 PM

Concurrent Tracks - Breakout Session 7

Operational Leadership
Safety Management Systems (SMS)
NG D&T Integrity Management
NG Operational Excellence
Electric Distribution
Electric Transmission

2:15 PM - 2:45 PM

Break

2:45 PM - 4:00 PM

Concurrent Tracks - Breakout Session 8

Workforce Development
Safety + Health
Asset Management
Damage Prevention
NG Green Future
NG D&T Emergency Response + Restoration
Grid Hardening
Evolving Grid Operations
Electric Substation

Thursday, April 22, 2021

8:00 AM - 9:00 AM

Conference Registration Room Open

WEI will host a virtual registration and help desk before the conference begins and throughout the day. Stop in for a visit if you have questions about the agenda, want more information on how to use the app, or need assistance accessing GoTo Webinar or any of the GoTo Meeting breakout rooms.

9:00 AM - 10:15 AM

Concurrent Tracks - Breakout Session 9

Safety Management Systems (SMS)
Asset Management
NG D&T Integrity Management
Electric Transmission

10:15 AM - 10:45 AM

Break

10:45 AM - 12:00 PM

Concurrent Tracks - Breakout Session 10

Workforce Development
Asset Management
NG D&T Emergency Response + Restoration
Evolving Grid Operations

12:00 PM - 12:30 PM

Break

12:30 PM - 1:45 PM

Concurrent Tracks - Breakout Session 11

Safety Management Systems (SMS)
NG D&T Integrity Management
Electric Transmission

1:45 PM - 2:15 PM

Break

2:15 PM - 3:30 PM

Concurrent Tracks - Breakout Session 12

Workforce Development
Asset Management
NG D&T Emergency Response + Restoration
Evolving Grid Operations

3:30 PM - 4:00 PM

Conference Close + Celebration

Sponsors

Platinum Sponsors
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Gold Sponsors
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