Nearly 15 years ago the Western Region Mutual Assistance Agreement was adopted by many gas and electric utilities throughout Western North America to support one another in the event of emergencies affecting generation, transmission, distribution, or other business operations. Parties involved in the WRMAA twice annually to share best practices, discuss key emergency response issues, and in the fall, review the agreement itself and name the annual custodian.
Member: $629 USD
Regular: $1,259 USD
Member registration price increases $100 after October 17, 2017. Regular registration price increases $200. Registration includes all meals and receptions, and all program materials. 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.
5:00 PM - 6:30 PM
7:00 AM - 8:00 AM
Registration and Breakfast
8:00 AM - 8:30 AM
Welcome + Introductions
8:30 AM - 9:30 AM
9:15 AM - 9:30 AM
9:30 AM - 10:45 AM
Lessons Learned from Emergency Events
10:45 AM - 11:00 AM
11:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Outage and Damage Prediction Models
Results from the recent survey of operating companies are shared followed by a group discussion on how they use damage prediction models to prepare for weather events.
12:00 PM - 1:00 PM
1:00 PM - 2:00 PM
Catastrophic Events Logistics Discussion
Discussion on utility integration into the public sector emergency management and interdependent lifelines.
2:00 PM - 2:15 PM
2:15 PM - 3:15 PM
Southern California Edison's Fire Management Programs
Southern California Edison's fire management officers present information about their program, fire season and the electrical safety training they just rebooted, and how they use internal field craft to supplement monitoring fires and how they may threaten the system.
3:15 PM - 3:30 PM
3:30 PM - 4:00 PM
Ramp Up Tool Demonstration
4:00 PM - 4:15 PM
All Hazards Consortium Fleet Working Group Update
Speaker(s): Jim Nowak, Director of Utility Services, ARCOS LLC, Jason Singer, Director, Resource Management, ARCOS LLC
The Multi-State Fleet Response Working Group (FRWG) is a private sector guided, public/private working group focused on supporting any efforts and organizations that can help expedite the movement of private sector repair and supply chain fleets and resources across multiple state borders in response to disasters. Followers and Members of this working group include both private and public sector individuals who volunteer their time to engage in the important efforts to expedite the restoration of power, supply chains and other critical infrastructures.
4:15 PM - 4:30 PM
Day 1 Close
7:00 AM - 8:00 AM
8:00 AM - 9:00 AM
Annual Business for the Western Region Mutual Assistance Agreement
9:00 AM - 10:00 AM
WRMAA Activation Exercise Part 1
10:00 AM - 10:30 AM
Break for Hotel Checkout
10:30 AM - 11:30 AM
WRMAA Activation Exercise Part 2
Part 2 of the Activation Exercise will be an open discussion for process improvements.
11:30 AM - 12:00 PM
Day 2 Close
Please contact the hotel directly at (888) 627-9033 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 October 17, 2017 or until the WEI room block is full.
Please note that there is a $20 resort fee per night in addition to the room rate. This fee includes the following amenities: airport shuttle service, guestroom internet access and access to the Westin Snack Hour every day from 5PM – 6PM.
James D. Nowak, Director of Utility Services joined ARCOS in July 2014 after retiring from American Electric Power (AEP) after 37 years.
Nowak capped his career with AEP by directing their utility’s distribution emergency restoration planning group. Nowak held various positions within AEP including Dist. Engineering Supervisor, Dist. Line Supervisor, Dist. Records Superintendent, Region Operations Manager, Region Dispatching Manager and Dist. Dispatch Support Manager.
As Director of Utility Services Nowak is assisting with new and existing ARCOS Product Management initiatives by working closely with our customers and all internal employees. He also helps with implementing projects that benefit our customers and the electric and gas industries in the areas of day-to-day and emergency operations.
Presently a member of the All Hazard Consortium (AHC) Fleet Response Working Group (FRWG) on the movement of resources during restoration efforts and sits on their steering committee. He previously held positions as Southeastern Electric Exchange’s (SEE) chair for their Mutual Assistance Committee and Distribution Council and vice chair of their Smart Grid Task Force. Jim was one of the original Co-Chair’s for Edison Electric Institute’s (EEI) Mutual Assistance Committee and National Mutual Assistance Resource Team and a member of EEI’s National Response Event (NRE) governance and exercise sub-committees. Jim was also a co-founder of the Great Lakes Mutual Assistance Group and active member and leader in the Midwest Mutual Assistance Group and the Texas Mutual Assistance Group and represented AEP on the Business Round Table Disaster Relief Committee.