Nearly 20 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.
WEI Member: $199 USD
Regular: $299 USD
Registration provides full access to conference sessions, meeting materials, and roster.
12:30 PM - 1:00 PM
Virtual Registration + Helpdesk Open
WEI will host a virtual registration and help desk before the conference begins. Stop in for a visit if you have questions about the agenda or need assistance with the GoToMeeting technology.
1:00 PM - 1:30 PM
Welcome and Introductions
1:30 PM - 4:30 PM
1:30 PM - 3:00 PM
Response to the Oregon Wildfires
Panelist(s): Brian Taylor, Manager of Gas Operations (Medford, Oregon), Avista Utilities, Kris Aufdermauer, Operations Manager, Tillamook PUD
This year has seen unprecedented wildfires in Oregon. Learn from our panelists how gas and electric utilities big and small are responding to the fires.
3:00 PM - 3:15 PM
3:15 PM - 4:15 PM
Managing Mutual Assistance and COVID
Speaker(s): Mike Fricke, Sr. Mgr., Incident Response, Entergy Services, Inc., Louie Dabdoub, Incident Response, Entergy Services, Inc.
In response to Hurricane Laura, Entergy set up 18 base camps and serviced a workforce of about 24,000 people. Hear how they handled the challenge of managing Mutual Assistance during a pandemic and what lessons they learned.
4:15 PM - 5:15 PM
Virtual Social Hour
Social distancing doesn’t need to dry up socializing. Grab a beverage and turn on your webcams for a virtual Social Hour! WEI will open a virtual room for people to chat, network, and connect with colleagues and friends.
10:00 AM - 11:15 AM
After Action Reports or Other Industry Topics
11:15 AM - 11:30 AM
11:30 AM - 12:30 PM
WRMAG Business Meeting
• Updates to Charter
• Updates to Operating Procedures
• Election of Executive Committee members for 2021
• Assignment of the Agreement Custodian for 2021
12:30 PM - 12:45 PM