Western Region Mutual Assistance Agreement (WRMAA) Annual Meeting (Nov 06-07)

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.

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General Details

  • Program Chair(s)
  • Robert Howell, Southern California Gas Company

    • Program Location
    • Miramonte Resort and Spa
    • 45000 Indian Wells Lane
      Indian Wells, California 92210
    • Who Should Attend
      • Parties to the Western Region Mutual Assistance Agreement
      • Emergency management coordinators
      • Disaster recovery planners
      • Directors of business continuity planning
      • Managers of emergency preparedness and response¬†
      • Safety specialists
  • Registration Options
  • Member: $649 USD
    Regular: $1,259 USD

    Registration prices increase $200 after October 16, 2018. Registration includes all attendee materials, reception Tuesday night, and breakfast and lunch on Wednesday. Guest tickets are available for $100 an 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.

  • 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.


Tuesday, November 6, 2018

12:00 PM - 1:00 PM

Registration + Check-In

1:00 PM - 2:00 PM

Welcome + Introductory Roundtable

What are your current issues? Learn what others are facing and where we can work collaboratively to resolve common issues and leverage each others' experiences. Each person should be prepared to share recent successes and challenges that they and their organizations have experienced over the last year.

2:00 PM - 2:15 PM


2:15 PM - 3:15 PM

Opening Keynote

3:15 PM - 3:30 PM


3:30 PM - 4:45 PM

Lessons Learned from Emergency Events

4:45 PM - 6:30 PM


Wednesday, November 7, 2018

7:00 AM - 8:00 AM


8:00 AM - 9:00 AM

Session TBD 1

9:00 AM - 9:15 AM


9:15 AM - 10:00 AM

Session TBD 2

10:00 AM - 10:15 AM


10:15 AM - 11:00 AM

Session TBD 3

11:00 AM - 11:15 AM


11:15 AM - 12:00 PM

Session TBD 4

12:00 PM - 1:00 PM


1:00 PM - 2:00 PM

WRMAA Activation Exercise Part 1

We will walk through all the steps in a formal WRMAA activation request, including the process and technology that is used. We will also look for ways to improve the process so that Members know what to do when help is needed.

2:00 PM - 2:15 PM


2:15 PM - 3:00 PM

WRMAA Activation Exercise Part 2

3:00 PM - 3:15 PM


3:15 PM - 4:45 PM

Annual Meeting and Closing Roundtable

Part 2 of the Activation Exercise will be an open discussion for process improvements.

4:45 PM - 5:00 PM

Wrap-Up and Close

Hotel + Travel

  • Reservation Instructions
  • Please contact the hotel directly at (800) 237-2926 to reserve your room. Identify yourself as being with Western Energy Institute to receive a special rate of $179 USD/night. This rate is guaranteed until October 16, 2018 or until the WEI room block is full.