Operations Conference (Apr 19-22)

The WEI Operations Conference brings together hundreds of 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; Operational Leadership, Workforce Development, Safety + Health, Safety Management Systems, Asset Management, Damage Prevention, Natural Gas Green Future, Natural Gas Emergency Response + Restoration, Natural Gas Integrity Management, Natural Gas Operational Excellence, Grid Resilience, Electric Distribution, Grid of the Future, Electric Substation, and 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.

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General Details

  • Program Chair(s)
  • Lora Anguay, Director, Distribution Operations & Maintenance, Sacramento Municipal Utility District

    • Program Location
    • The Westin Bonaventure Hotel and Suites
    • 404 South Figueroa Street Los Angeles, CA 90071
    • 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
  • Registration Options
  • Member: $849 USD
    Regular: $1,599 USD

    Member registration price increases $150 and regular registration price increases $200 after April 3, 2022. Registration includes full conference access and digital program materials through the app. This registration also includes complimentary access to the virtual event on Wednesday, March 23, 2022. Guest tickets are available for $99 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 full conference access. It does not include virtual event access.

    Attendees are encouraged to take a moment to review the local guidance related to COVID-19 which can be found here.

    Please see the Vendor Displays tab for information about registering as a vendor for 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.
  • For more information contact Beverly Woolf, Program Manager at (503) 688-2790.


Tuesday, April 19, 2022

8:00 AM - 2:00 PM

Optional Networking Activities

4:00 PM - 4:30 PM

Program Development Team and First-Time Attendee Meetup

5:00 PM - 7:00 PM

Welcome Reception

Wednesday, April 20, 2022

7:00 AM - 8:00 AM


8:00 AM - 9:30 AM

General Session #1

9:30 AM - 10:00 AM

Break with Vendor Displays

10:00 AM - 11:15 AM

Breakout Sessions #1

11:15 AM - 1:15 PM


1:15 PM - 2:30 PM

Breakout Sessions #2

2:30 PM - 3:00 PM

Break with Vendor Displays

3:00 PM - 4:15 PM

Breakout Sessions #3

4:15 PM - 6:30 PM

Reception with Vendor Displays

Thursday, April 21, 2022

7:00 AM - 8:00 AM


8:00 AM - 9:00 AM

General Session #2

9:00 AM - 9:30 AM

Networking Break

9:30 AM - 10:45 AM

Breakout Sessions #4

10:45 AM - 11:15 AM

Networking Break

11:15 AM - 12:30 PM

Breakout Sessions #5

12:30 PM - 1:45 PM


1:45 PM - 3:00 PM

Breakout Sessions #6

3:00 PM - 3:30 PM

Networking Break

3:30 PM - 4:30 PM

General Session #3

Friday, April 22, 2022

7:00 AM - 8:00 AM


8:00 AM - 9:00 AM

General Session #4

9:00 AM - 9:30 AM

Conference Close

9:30 AM - 10:00 AM

Wrap up and 2023 Planning

Hotel + Travel

  • The Westin Bonaventure Hotel and Suites
  • 404 South Figueroa Street
  • Los Angeles, California 90071
  • Phone: 213-624-1000

  • Click here to make your reservation now.
  • Reservation Instructions
  • Please complete your reservation online or contact the hotel directly at (888) 236-2427 to reserve your room. Identify yourself as being with Western Energy Institute (WEI) to receive a special rate of $249 USD/night. This rate is guaranteed until April 3, 2022 or until the WEI room block is full.

Safety + Health

Safety + Health Code of Conduct

For the safety of our members, WEI strongly recommends that all attendees be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 before attending an in-person program. Attendees who have not been fully vaccinated may be subject to additional restrictions or requirements based on government and/or health agency recommendations as well as regional, local, or venue rules.

The safety of program attendees and WEI employees is our top priority. Therefore, attendees must agree and adhere to the following requirements prior to registering for an in-person program. If an attendee refuses to abide by these guidelines in meeting rooms or in public areas, they may be asked to leave. WEI also reserves the right to ask related questions onsite at each program. If WEI is required to limit capacity leading up to an event due to local rules or recommendations, we will consider registrations in the order in which they were received until the number is met.

WEI continues to monitor all federal level CDC and public health agency recommendations, as well as local ordinances, as a policy baseline for in-person programs. In absence of more restrictive rules set by the local government or venue, WEI requires that attendees adhere to the following:

    • Attendees must STAY HOME and not attend any WEI event if they feel ill, actively experience COVID-19 symptoms, or have been exposed to someone who has tested positive or presumed to be positive with COVID-19 within 14 days prior to the event dates. Likewise, any attendee that has tested positive or was presumed to be positive within 14 days prior to the event date, must not attend. A full refund will be provided to any attendee who cancels for these reasons.
    • If an attendee becomes ill, begins to experience COVID-19 symptoms, or learns they may have been exposed to someone who has tested or is presumed to be positive with COVID-19, at any time during a WEI event, we ask that they promptly dismiss themselves and notify the onsite WEI staff member via phone immediately so that proper sanitation and additional follow-up measures can be taken, as appropriate.
    • Masks may be required at any given time, but fully vaccinated attendees may forego masks if they wish to do so, unless health recommendations state otherwise. WEI does not intend to require proof of vaccination status but reserves the right to do so if required by applicable local health guidance or it deems it necessary.
    • All attendees are expected to follow CDC guidelines as it relates to washing their hands after blowing their nose, coughing, or sneezing and before eating.
    • It is the attendee’s responsibility to ensure their own safety and that of others, but WEI will have spare masks, hand sanitizer, and signage with guidance reminders onsite. Steps may also include health and symptom screenings.
    • Attendees should follow any social distancing guidelines in place at the time of the event based upon current guidance including the local public health guidance at the event location which WEI will provide links to in advance of registration. In doing so, everyone is asked to be respectful of the different comfort levels of other attendees regarding personal space, contact (including handshaking), or other physical interactions.
    • Attendees should read and closely monitor communications from WEI as changes could occur any time including before and during the program.

While COVID-19 is top of mind, there are several other safety measures that WEI takes to keep our attendees safe. Each program will have announcements related to emergency and safety response plans appropriate to the venue. If you have any questions or concerns related to safety, please alert WEI staff immediately.

Vendor Displays

Registration Options
Vendor Display + Conference Attendee: $1,349 USD
Premium Vendor Display + Conference Attendee: $2,349 USD
Vendor Display Assistant: $599 USD

Registration price for the Vendor Display + Conference Attendee increases $150 after April 3, 2022. This registration includes the registrant as the main vendor display representative, one (1) skirted Vendor Display Table for Wednesday and Thursday display events, plus comprehensive conference materials and all food events. Arrangements for power, audiovisual equipment, or other supplies may be made by calling the hotel directly. This registration also includes complimentary access to the virtual event on Wednesday, March 23, 2022.

There are 6 Premium Vendor Display Tables available. To secure a Premium table, register for a Standard Vendor Display and email Kris Taylor that you are interested in upgrading to a Premium table. She will be arranging that separately.

The Vendor Display Assistant registration is for companies who have already purchased a full vendor registration and would like to add an additional vendor representative for their display table. This registration ONLY includes vendor display access and does not include full conference or virtual event access. It does include all meals on Wednesday and Thursday, April 20 and 21. The Vendor Display Assistant pass does not provide access to General Sessions nor breakout sessions.

Vendor Display Schedule
Tuesday, April 19, 2022
2:00 PM – 5:00 PM: Set-up available

Wednesday, April 20, 2022
7:00 AM – 9:00 AM: Check-in and set-up
9:30 AM – 10:00 AM: Break with Vendor Displays
11:15 AM – 1:15 PM: Lunch with Vendor Displays
2:30 PM – 3:00 PM: Break with Vendor Displays
4:15 PM – 6:30 PM: Reception with Vendor Displays

Thursday, April 21, 2022
7:00 AM – 8:00 AM: Breakfast with Vendor Displays
9:00 AM – 9:30 AM: Break with Vendor Displays
10:45 AM – 11;15 AM: Break with Vendor Displays
12:30 AM – 1:45 PM: Lunch with Vendor Displays
3:00 PM – 3:30 PM: Break with Vendor Displays
3:30 PM – 4:30 PM: Tear Down

Additional Information
Encore will be the onsite provider for all vendor power/AV needs. Please email Kris Taylor for the request form. Forms will be submitted directly to Candace Liou, Convention Services Manager. Please call Candace with additional questions at 213.612.4865.

The vendor display hall diagram is coming soon – please register for a vendor display without selecting a table number. Kris Taylor will reach out to registered vendors to make their table selection, once the diagram is finalized.

Shipping information will be added here once it is finalized.

Please note that vendor displays can be no taller than 9’6″ tall including the base.

Program Sponsors

Platinum Sponsors
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Gold Sponsors
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