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.

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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, Director of Member Engagement 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 overview, general role within the organization and provide a situational awareness related to how wildfires affect their company and service territory.

2:15 PM - 2:45 PM

Networking Break

2:45 PM - 3:15 PM

The New Normal
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.

3:15 PM - 4:45 PM

Wildfire Resilience Plan Overview
Speaker(s): Arun Mani, Principal, Power & Utilities Advisory, KPMG LLP

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

Tour of SDG&E Facility and Technology

9:30 AM - 10:00 AM

Networking Break

10:00 AM - 11:30 AM

Operational Roundtable

The group will take a deep dive in to sharing best practices on questions surrounding technology, vegetation management, system hardening, etc. Attendees are encouraged to submit questions.

11:30 AM - 12:00 PM


12:00 PM - 1:30 PM

Policy Roundtable

The group continues their roundtable conversations now focused on policy and regulatory topics.  We will discuss rates, legislation, insurance, etc.  Attendees are encouraged to submit questions.

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

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