Overhead Underground Electric Distribution (Sep 24-27)

Electric utility professionals meet to discuss current standards, materials and maintenance for mainly distribution operations. Agendas feature extensive roundtable discussion so that each delegate has an opportunity to submit questions and receive feedback from their peers. Presentations focus on new technologies, applications, and specifications available for designing, building and maintaining overhead and underground lines. Case studies highlight best practices and lessons learned, and attendees leave with the practical knowledge to improve efficiency, safety and reduce costs.

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General Details

  • Program Chair(s)
  • Tyler Reinitz, Snohomish County PUD

    • Program Location
    • San Diego Mission Bay Resort
    • 1775 East Mission Bay Drive, San Diego, California 92109
    • Who Should Attend
      • Standards engineers
      • Design engineers
      • Line technicians and engineers
      • Reliability and quality testers
      • T&D supervisors and suppliers
      • Operations and maintenance managers
      • Suppliers of distribution and substation products and services
  • Registration Options
  • Member: $749 USD
    Non-Member: $1,399 USD

    Registration prices increase $100 after September 3, 2024. Registration includes attendance to all presentations, roundtable sessions, vendor area, comprehensive meeting materials and all food events. Guest tickets are available for $100 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.

    For vendor registration information please see 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. Recording is not permitted for any portion of the event.
  • For more information contact Eric Christenson, Director of Program Curriculum + Engagement at (971) 303-2118.


Tuesday, September 24, 2024

11:30 AM - 4:30 PM

Optional Tour

5:00 PM - 5:30 PM

Newcomers Reception and PDT Meet and Greet

5:30 PM - 6:30 PM

Welcome Reception + Registration Open

Wednesday, September 25, 2024

7:30 AM - 8:00 AM

Registration + Breakfast

8:00 AM - 8:15 AM


2024 Overhead Underground Chair Tyler Reintz opens the Annual Event with program announcements and brief introductions.

8:15 AM - 8:30 AM

Keynote by San Diego Gas + Electric Executive Leadership

SDG&E Executive Leadership welcomes the group to its service territory.

8:30 AM - 9:30 AM

Electrification Efforts and the Future of Energy

The Electric Power Research Institute (EPRI) joins the OHUG conference to lead a discussion on electrification. Included in the discussion will be how more services are being driven by grid-based electricity and battery power. We will also consider standards changes driven by changes in response to EVE protection and anticipated growth. 

9:30 AM - 10:00 AM

Vendor Platform

Service Companies introduce their company and share any new products or services they would like to highlight.

10:00 AM - 10:30 AM

Networking Break with Vendors

Participants are invited to meet with Service Companies during the break to learn more about their new products and services.
All-Day Coffee and Soda Service sponsored by Eaton

10:30 AM - 11:30 AM

Establishing a Pole Fire Mitigation Strategy

A case study with 14 years or pre- and post-implementation will be discussed.

11:30 AM - 12:30 PM

Lunch with Vendors

12:30 PM - 2:00 PM

Missing Middle Housing Panel
Speaker(s): Hudson Giesbrecht, Engineering Division Manager, BC Hydro

Pacific Gas & Electric Company leads a panel discussion on about missing middle housing and best practices.

2:00 PM - 2:30 PM

Networking Break with Vendors

2:30 PM - 4:00 PM

Overhead/Underground Practices, Product, and Safety Roundtable
Facilitator(s): Joe Koch, Electrical Engineer, Clark Public Utilities, Rick Stark, Senior Engineer, Idaho Power Company

Submit your roundtable questions to be included in the Practices, Product and Safety Roundtable discussions. Your questions will be compiled by area of interest and presented at the roundtable sessions, which includes supporting information or documentation necessary. Questions can be emailed directly to Joe Koch at

5:00 PM - 7:00 PM

Reception with Vendors

Thursday, September 26, 2024

7:30 AM - 8:00 AM


8:00 AM - 9:00 AM

Managing New Types of Customer in Town to Ensure Safety and Reliability
Speaker(s): Will Coe, Engineering, Grant County PUD

This discussion will consider what electric companies can do to protect their system against damage from new types of customers. Specifically, Grant County PUD will speak on how Bitcoin miners are burning up transformers and how and why B-phase bushing is effected by these types of loads.

9:00 AM - 10:00 AM

Predicting the Remaining Useful Life of Low Voltage Underground Assets

An innovative R&D project focused at applying new technologies to operating underground networks for a new approach to underground asset management. The project is led by the prestigious University of Akron and Exacter, Inc. The project includes an invitation for utility participation.

10:00 AM - 10:30 AM

Networking Break with Vendors

10:30 AM - 11:30 AM

Underground/ Overhead Practices, Product, and Safety Roundtable

Part two of this popular roundtable discussion.

11:30 AM - 12:30 PM


12:30 PM - 1:00 PM

Planning Future Topics

The planning for 2025 begins early with a strategic discussion on what to expect in the future and how we can best meet these opportunities and challenges together.

1:00 PM - 2:00 PM

Field Panel
Moderator(s): Tyler Reinitz, Principal Engineer, T&D Standards, Snohomish County PUD

We welcome employees from several field service functions to talk openly about what challenges they have with standards, communication avenues that work for rolling out new standards, and lessons learned.

* What challenges do field employees face from standards engineers?
* Best practices for rolling out new standards
* Lessons learned Рcauses for failure 

2:00 PM - 2:30 PM


2:30 PM - 3:30 PM

Underground/ Overhead Practices, Product, and Safety Roundtable

Part three of this popular roundtable discussion. Ensure your questions are discussed as the group by sending them to Joe Koch at

3:30 PM - 4:30 PM

Operations Design Standards

6:00 PM - 8:00 PM

Hosted Off-Site Activity for All Program Participants

Friday, September 27, 2024

7:30 AM - 8:00 AM


8:00 AM - 9:00 AM

Distribution Automation
Moderator(s): Tyler Reinitz, Principal Engineer, T&D Standards, Snohomish County PUD

We will discuss opportunities for Department of Energy grants, and software and equip, with a focus on what different utilities are using and why they have chosen this technology.

9:00 AM - 9:45 AM

Industry Topic

9:45 AM - 10:15 AM

Break + Hotel Checkout

10:15 AM - 11:30 AM

Underground/ Overhead Practices, Product, and Safety Roundtable

The final roundtable opportunity to address any topics not covered in the previous days.

11:30 AM - 12:00 PM

Planning the Next Meeting + Adjourn the 2024 WEI OHUG Program Event.

Hotel + Travel

  • Reservation Instructions
  • Please contact the hotel directly at (877) 313-6645 to reserve your room. Identify yourself as being with the “Western Energy Institute Overhead Underground Distribution” group to receive a special rate of $279 USD/night + tax. Please note there is also a nightly $20 + tax resort fee which grants access to guestroom Wi-Fi and other hotel amenities. This rate is guaranteed until September 3, 2024 or until the WEI room block is full.

Vendor Displays

Registration Options
Member Attendee + Vendor Display Table: $1,249 USD
Non-Member Attendee + Vendor Display Table: $1,999 USD
Member Vendor Display Table Only: $699 USD
Non-Member Vendor Display Table Only: $1,449 USD

Registration prices increase $100 after September 3, 2024. Attendee + Vendor Registration includes all meeting materials and sessions, you as the main Vendor Display representative, one (1) 6-foot skirted Vendor display table, Vendor Platform presentation, all meals and receptions.

Vendor Display Table Only registration includes you as the main Vendor Display representative, one (1) 6-foot skirted Vendor display table, Wednesday display events, Wednesday breaks, lunch, Vendor Platform, Wednesday evening Reception and dinner. Meeting attendance is not included. Vendors that wish to attend speaker presentations and roundtable sessions should register both as a vendor and as a delegate for this industry forum.

Vendor Display Assistants tickets are available for $299 each once the main Vendor Display Table registration is completed by someone in your company. Vendor Display Assistants are entitled to all Wednesday display events, breaks, lunch, evening reception and dinner.

A vendor diagram will be posted here soon. In the meantime, please put table #1 on the registration form and WEI will be in contact with you when it is time to assign tables.

Vendor Display Schedule
Wednesday, September 25, 2024
Set Up: 6:00 AM – 9:00 AM
Display Times: 9:00 AM – 7:00 PM

Vendor Platform: 9:30 AM – 10:00 AM
Break with Vendors: 10:00 AM – 10:30 AM
Lunch with Vendors: 11:30 AM – 1:00 PM
Break With Vendors: 2:30 PM – 3:00 PM
Reception with Vendors: 5:00 PM – 7:00 PM

Thursday September 26, 2024
Break with Vendors: 10:00 AM – 10:30 AM
Breakdown 10:30 AM – 11:30 AM

Please note that it is expected that vendors and attendees will attend all functions including the reception on Wednesday evening. Please feel free to network on your own Tuesday evening after 6:30 PM and Wednesday after 7:00 PM.

Shipping Information
Packages will be received up to 3 business days prior to the event. Packages will be stored at the resort. There will be a hotel handling fee of $2.50 per box and $25.00 per crate.

Shipping Label:
C/O First Name, Last Name
Company Name [Table #]
Contact phone number
San Diego Mission Bay Resort
1775 East Mission Bay Drive
San Diego, CA 92109

Arrangements for power, audiovisual equipment, or other supplies may be made by contacting the hotel’s AV contractor. Contact information will be posted shortly.

Vendors must send their parcels via free domicile (pricing term that is still widely used to describe when a shipper is responsible for applicable duty payments for all fees associated with transportation and all other charges until such goods reach the buyer’s premises).

Program Sponsors

Thank you to our program sponsors!

Meet The Speakers

Rick Stark

Idaho Power Company

Senior Engineer

Joe Koch

Clark Public Utilities

Electrical Engineer

Hudson Giesbrecht

BC Hydro

Engineering Division Manager

Tyler Reinitz

Snohomish County PUD

Principal Engineer, T&D Standards

William Coe

Grant County PUD