Apr

24-27

Operations Conference (Apr 24-27)

The WEI Operations Conference brings together over 600 electric and natural gas energy operations managers, supervisors and front line employees for three days of education and networking with breakout discussions for specific operations functions: Operational Leadership; Environmental; Safety; Natural Gas Pipeline Safety Management Systems; Natural Gas Distribution & Transmission Integrity Management; Natural Gas Operational Excellence; Natural Gas Distribution & Transmission Emergency Response; Natural Gas Customer Field Services; Electric Asset Management; Electric Grid Modernization; Electric Substation; Electric Transmission; Electric Distribution Operations; Electric Distribution Planning, Design, and Construction; and Operations - Customer-Focused Opportunities. The breakout sessions are complemented by thought-provoking general sessions that get the team talking. This conference is a must for any upper-level manager, and many choose to bring their direct reports for team and skill-building. Limited booth displays are available.

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General Details

  • Program Location
  • Pointe Hilton Tapatio Cliffs Resort
  • 11111 North Seventh Street
    Phoenix, AZ 85020
  • Who Should Attend
  • Electric and Natural Gas Energy Operations:
    •    Directors
    •    Managers
    •    Supervisors
    •    Front line employees
    •    Control professionals
    •    Engineering professionals
    •    Planning personnel
    •    Substation professionals
    •    Electric transmission professionals

  • Registration Options
  • Conference Registration Member: $759 USD (speakers and delegates)
    Conference Registration Regular: $1,599 USD

    Prices for the conference registration increase $200 after March 16, 2018. Registration includes comprehensive conference materials and all food events. Guest tickets are available for $99 and allow for 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.

    For vendor registration options, please see the Vendor Displays tab.

  • 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 Eric Christenson, Senior Program Manager at (971) 303-2118.

Agenda

Thursday, April 27, 2017

9:30 AM - 10:00 AM

Wrap-up and 2019 Planning

Open to all Ops participants who are interested in joining the leadership teams or just want to provide your feedback, you're invited to participate in the wrap-up as we set the stage for 2019!

Tuesday, April 24, 2018

3:00 PM - 4:45 PM

Registration Desk Open

For guests who wish to pick up the conference materials early, we provide early registration check-in. After 5:00 PM name badges only will be distributed at the Rose Garden reception.

4:45 PM - 5:15 PM

First-Time Attendee Meetup

If this is your first time attending a WEI event show up early to meet experienced WEI veterans and fellow first timers. We want you to get the most out of your experience at the Operations Conference!

5:30 PM - 7:00 PM

Welcome Reception

Wednesday, April 25, 2018

7:00 AM - 8:00 AM

Continental Breakfast + Registration

8:00 AM - 9:30 AM

General Session 1

9:30 AM - 10:00 AM

Break with Vendor Displays

10:00 AM - 11:30 AM

Concurrent Tracks - Breakout Session 1

11:30 AM - 1:30 PM

Lunch

1:30 PM - 3:00 PM

General Session 2

3:00 PM - 3:30 PM

Break with Vendor Displays

3:30 PM - 5:00 PM

Concurrent Tracks - Breakout Session 2

5:00 PM - 7:00 PM

Reception with Vendor Displays

Thursday, April 26, 2018

7:00 AM - 8:00 AM

Breakfast

8:00 AM - 9:30 AM

General Session 3

9:30 AM - 10:00 AM

Break with Vendor Displays

10:00 AM - 11:30 AM

Concurrent Tracks - Breakout Session 3

11:30 AM - 1:00 PM

Lunch

1:00 PM - 2:30 PM

Concurrent Tracks - Breakout Session 4

2:30 PM - 3:00 PM

Break

3:00 PM - 4:00 PM

General Session 4

Friday, April 27, 2018

7:00 AM - 8:00 AM

Breakfast

8:00 AM - 9:00 AM

General Session 5

9:00 AM - 9:30 AM

Closing and Conference Adjourns

Hotel + Travel

  • Reservation Instructions
  • Please contact the hotel directly at to reserve your room. Identify yourself as being with Western Energy Institute to receive a special rate of $239 /night. This rate is guaranteed until March 17, 2018 or until the WEI room block is full.


  • Click here to make your reservation now.

Vendor Displays

Registration Options
Conference Registration + Vendor Display Member: $1,259 USD
Conference Registration + Vendor Display Regular: $2,259 USD
+ Vendor Display Assistant for $499 USD
+ Guest Pass for $99 USD

Prices increase $200 for all registration options, except the Vendor Display Assistant + Guest Pass, after March 16, 2018. Conference Registration + Vendor Display includes comprehensive meeting materials, all sessions and all food events. This registration options also 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.

A Vendor Display Assistant registration is added to a vendor display registration and includes all meals on Wednesday and Thursday, April 25 and 26. The Vendor Display Assistant pass does not provide access to General Sessions nor breakout sessions.

The Guest ticket can be added to a conference registration and allows 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.

Vendor Display Schedule
Wednesday, April 25, 2018
7:00 AM – 9:00 AM: Check-in and set-up
9:30 AM – 10:00 AM: Break with Vendor Displays
11:30 AM – 1:30 PM: Lunch with Vendor Displays
3:00 PM – 3:30 PM: Break with Vendor Displays
5:00 PM – 7:00 PM: Reception with Vendor Displays

Thursday, April 26, 2018
7:00 AM – 8:00 AM: Breakfast with Vendor Displays
9:30 AM – 10:00 AM: Break with Vendor Displays
11:30 AM – 1:00 PM: Lunch with Vendor Displays
1:00 PM – 2:00 PM: Tear Down

Shipping Information
Pointe Hilton Tapatio Cliffs Resort
11111 North Seventh Street
Phoenix, AZ 85020
C/O: WEI Ops Conference Display + Your Company Name

Please note boxes should arrive no earlier than 3 days prior to the display date.