Operations Conference Planning Meeting (Aug 13-14)

Join the team to kick-off planning for the next Operations Conference. Led and moderated by the conference Chair and Co-chair, this planning session brings together over nearly 175 electric and natural gas operations managers and supervisors, each specializing one of many breakout session topics. Attendees will team up with peer energy professionals to identify the most important industry trends and challenges and prioritize which topics will be developed into presentations, panels, and roundtable discussions. Responsibilities also include help with speaker recruitment and on-site facilitation at the Operations Conference.

General Details

  • Program Chair(s)
  • Lance Elroy, Director, Process Improvement and Operations Technology, MDU Utilities Group

    • Program Location
    • Sheraton Portland Airport Hotel
    • 8235 NE Airport Way
      Portland, OR 97220
    • Who Should Attend
    • Electric and Natural Gas Operations Leadership and Individual Contributors
      • Control and Systems Operations – operators and management
      • Engineering professionals and management
      • Gas line emergency management, operations, and pipeline safety/integrity management
      • System Planning for electric and gas functions
      • Substation design, maintenance, and operations
      • Electric Transmission design, maintenance, and operations
      • Environmental personnel working with operations functions
      • Safety work methods professionals and leadership
      • Customer Operations and front-line service people
      • Corporate Support Employees looking to expand their understanding of operations issues
      Time and Travel Commitment for PDT Team Members
      • Attendance at Operations Conference
      • Active participation in periodic teleconference sessions
      • Work to coordinate speakers and other team members
      • Encourage others from your company to participate in the Conference

  • 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, Director of Program Curriculum + Analytics at (971) 303-2118.


Tuesday, August 13, 2019

4:00 PM - 4:30 PM

Operations Track Leadership Meetup

Come meet your fellow track leadership team members. Track Chairs, Vice Chairs, and Mentors are invited to attend.

4:30 PM - 6:00 PM

Operations Networking Reception

All planning meeting participants are invited to attend a hosted reception.

Wednesday, August 14, 2019

7:00 AM - 8:00 AM


8:00 AM - 9:00 AM

Welcome, 2019 WEI Annual Theme, and Team Building

9:00 AM - 12:00 PM

Track Breakout - Current Issues Roundtables

Review your program map for breakout room locations.

12:00 PM - 1:00 PM


1:00 PM - 2:15 PM

Planning by Track - Session Options

Deliver your track information sheet to WEI staff at the registration desk by 2:15 PM.

2:15 PM - 2:30 PM

Afternoon Break

2:30 PM - 3:30 PM

Track Report-Out

Track Chairs provide a brief overview of draft Session titles. We will identify potential overlap across tracks.

3:30 PM - 4:00 PM

General Sessions, Key Dates, and Wrap-Up

Hotel + Travel

  • Sheraton Portland Airport Hotel
  • 8235 NE Airport Way
  • Portland, Oregon 97220
  • Phone: 800-325-3535

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  • Reservation Instructions
  • Please contact the hotel directly at (503) 335-2857 to reserve your room. Identify yourself as being with Western Energy Institute to receive a special rate of $199 USD/night. This rate is guaranteed until August 2, 2019 or until the WEI room block is full.