Wildfire Planning + Mitigation (Jun 19-20)

This program will bring together senior leaders responsible for wildfire planning and mitigation strategies at WEI member companies for an interactive peer to peer session. We will focus on sharing and discussing best practices around strategies for planning, operations, technology and various other tactics to mitigate and plan for wildfires.

General Details

  • Program Chair(s)
  • Brian D'Agostino, Director of Fire Science and Climate Adaptation, SDG&E

    • Program Location
    • San Diego Gas & Electric
    • 8326 Century Park Court
      San Diego, California 92123
    • Who Should Attend
    • Directors and senior leaders responsible for their energy companies wildfire planning and mitigation strategies.

  • Registration Options
  • Member: $349 USD

    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 Kevin Sullivan, Chief Operating Officer at (971) 255-4973.


Wednesday, June 19, 2019

12:30 PM - 1:00 PM


1:00 PM - 1:30 PM

Welcome to SDG&E
Speaker(s): Caroline Winn, Chief Operating Officer, San Diego Gas & Electric Company

1:30 PM - 2:15 PM

Group Introductions

Attendees are encouraged to share their name, company and role within the organization as well as brief comments on their utilities focus and maturity level towards wildfire mitigation plans and strategy.

2:15 PM - 2:45 PM

Networking Break

2:45 PM - 3:15 PM

The New Normal for the Region
Speaker(s): Brian Chen, Principal Manager - Grid Resiliency & Public Safety, Southern California Edison, Brian D'Agostino, Director, Fire Science and Climate Adaptation, San Diego Gas & Electric Company

SCE and SDG&E begin by setting the stage regarding the recent wildfire activity in California. Their state of the union will address the complexities and challenges faced and will overview all of the activity in the state. They then open it up to hear the new normal from other states and provinces in the room.

3:15 PM - 4:45 PM

Mitigating Disruptive Risk
Speaker(s): Arun Mani, Principal, Power & Utilities Advisory, KPMG LLP

A presentation and discussion on the impact wildfires pose to utilities and the utilities’ response to disruptive risk.  Arun then discusses some of the landscapes in the west and does a facilitated comparison of wildfire resilience plans filed by the various utilities in California. We will discuss the key takeaways, similarities and differences in strategy, and how the plans are put together.

4:45 PM - 5:00 PM

Wrap Up Day One

6:00 PM - 8:00 PM

Hosted Dinner

We will commute back to the hotel and enjoy a hosted dinner nearby.

Thursday, June 20, 2019

8:00 AM - 8:30 AM

Networking Breakfast at SDG&E

8:30 AM - 9:30 AM

Demonstration + Application of SDG&E Technology

Brian shows and discusses how SDG&E uses their systems and technologies to make strategic decisions.

9:30 AM - 10:00 AM

Networking Break

10:00 AM - 11:30 AM

Operational Roundtable
Facilitator(s): JD Podlesnik, Director - Utility Programs, Design, & Construction, Portland General Electric

Specific to wildfire, the group will take a deep dive in to sharing best practices on all topics related to operations. Potential topics include technology application, vegetation management practices, system hardening strategy, etc. Attendees are encouraged to submit questions for this interactive session.

11:30 AM - 12:00 PM


12:00 PM - 1:30 PM

Policy Roundtable
Facilitator(s): Joy Mastache, Senior Attorney, Sacramento Municipal Utility District

Specific to wildfire, the group continues their roundtable conversations now focused on policy and regulatory topics. We will discuss everything from regulatory activity and proposed decisions and legislation to impact on rates, insurance, etc. Attendees are encouraged to submit questions for this interactive session.

1:30 PM - 2:00 PM

Wrap Up and Planning for Future

2:00 PM - 2:00 PM


Hotel + Travel

  • The US Grant Hotel
  • 326 Broadway
  • San Diego, CA 92101
  • Reservation Instructions
  • Please contact the hotel directly at (866) 837-4270 to reserve your room. Identify yourself as being with the Western Energy Institute (WEI) Wildfire Planning + Mitigation group to receive a special rate of $245 USD/night. This rate is guaranteed until May 17, 2019 or until the WEI room block is full.

Meet The Speakers

Caroline Winn

San Diego Gas & Electric Company

Chief Operating Officer
Learn More

Caroline Winn is chief operating officer for San Diego Gas & Electric (SDG&E), one of Sempra Energy’s regulated California utilities. Sempra Energy is a San Diego-based Fortune 500 energy services holding company whose subsidiaries provide electricity, natural gas and value-added products and services.

SDG&E is a regulated public utility that provides service to 3.6 million consumers through 1.4 million electric meters and more than 873,000 natural gas meters in San Diego and southern Orange counties.

Winn became chief operating officer of SDG&E in January 2017. Previously, Winn served as chief energy delivery officer, overseeing all energy delivery activities for SDG&E, including electric distribution operations and gas services, customer services, and external and state legislative affairs.

Prior to that, Winn was vice president of customer services and chief customer privacy officer overseeing all customer-related activities for SDG&E, including call centers, smart pricing program, energy efficiency, demand response and customer assistance programs, customer privacy, revenue cycle activities, electric rates and analysis, field services, corporate brand, marketing and customer communications.

Since joining the company in 1986 as an associate engineer, Winn has held a number of leadership positions with SDG&E and Southern California Gas Co. (SoCalGas). Previously, she was director of supply chain management for both SDG&E and SoCalGas following her role as director of transmission and distribution asset management responsible for distribution planning, electric reliability, compliance management and information technology management.

Winn has a bachelor’s degree in electrical engineering from California State University Sacramento and is a registered professional engineer in the state of California.

Winn serves on the Management Council and board of directors of the San Diego Regional Chamber of Commerce. Winn also serves on the board of directors of the Western Energy Institute and the board of advisors for the UC Davis Energy Efficiency Center.

Brian D’Agostino

San Diego Gas & Electric Company

Director, Fire Science and Climate Adaptation

Brian Chen

Southern California Edison

Principal Manager - Grid Resiliency & Public Safety

Arun Mani


Principal, Power & Utilities Advisory
Learn More

Arun is the US Power and Utilities strategy and transformation leader in KPMG’s Strategy practice. Across two decades of distinguished consulting work for electric, gas, and water utilities, Arun operates at the intersection of risk, resilience and regulation to advise industry leaders worldwide on a variety of topics. Arun has helped clients drive growth, make strategic decisions, navigate major transitions, improve operational performance and build competitive advantage, working side by side with company leaders. Arun has a B.A. in economics and mathematics from Denison University and is trained in strategic decisions and risk management from Stanford University.

JD Podlesnik

Portland General Electric

Director - Utility Programs, Design, & Construction