David Owens

David K. Owens

Retired, Executive Vice President, Edison Electric Institute

Chairman, Puerto Rico Transformation Advisory Council

David K. Owens is an accomplished executive with extensive experience in public policies surrounding utility operations, strategic planning, technology development, rate making and regulation.

He is recognized as one of the foremost authorities on electric utility issues, industry restructuring and transformation. His experience in the electricity sector includes leading the Edison Electric Institute’s (EEI’s) efforts over a broad set of issues that affect the future structure of the electric industry, and new rules in evolving competitive markets.

He was responsible over the strategic areas of energy supply and finance, environment, energy delivery, energy services, state regulatory issues, and international affairs. He also spearheaded efforts to enhance the public policy climate for investments in America’s electric infrastructure with emphasis on the role of new electrification technologies to address climate change, and to enhance energy efficiency through smart buildings, smart appliances, smart meters, and smart electric grids.

Mr. Owens retired from EEI in June 2017 with four decades of utility experience. He remains an advisor to EEI and serves on the Board of Xcel Energy. He also chairs the Transformation Advisory Council providing insights in the new design of the Puerto Rico electric systems.

Russell Girling

Russell Girling

President and Chief Executive Officer


Russ Girling has been President and Chief Executive Officer (CEO) since July 1, 2010. He has led TransCanada Corporation through a period of unprecedented growth, including the development of its Liquids Pipelines business, expansion of its power generation portfolio and the successful US$13 billion acquisition of Columbia Pipeline Group in July 2016.

Prior to becoming CEO, Mr. Girling was Chief Operating Officer, responsible for overseeing TransCanada’s pipeline and energy businesses, corporate development activities and strategies, operations and major projects, and corporate services.

Mr. Girling has also served as President, Pipelines; Executive Vice-President, Corporate Development; Chief Financial Officer; and Executive Vice-President, Power.

Prior to joining TransCanada in 1994, Mr. Girling held several marketing and management positions at Suncor Inc., Northridge Petroleum Marketing and Dome Petroleum.

Mr. Girling is currently a director of Agrium Inc. He is the former Chairman of the Interstate Natural Gas Association of America (INGAA) and the Natural Gas Council (NGC), and also a former director of the Canadian Energy Pipeline Association (CEPA). He is the former Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of TC PipeLines GP, Inc. (general partner of TC PipeLines, LP). Additionally, Mr. Girling is the former Chairman of TransCanada Power, L.P. and a former director of Bruce Power Inc. He is also a member of the Business Council of Canada, the U.S. National Petroleum Council and U.S. Business Roundtable.

Mr. Girling co-chaired the 2012 United Way of Calgary Campaign and is a director of the Willow Park Charity Golf Classic. Mr. Girling was a 1998/1999 recipient of Canada’s Top 40 Under 40 Award for leadership excellence for Canadians under the age of 40. In 2008 he was the recipient of the Haskayne School of Business Management Alumni Excellence (MAX) Award.

Mr. Girling holds a Bachelor of Commerce degree and a Master of Business Administration in Finance from the University of Calgary.

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May 1, 2019 |
Doubletree, Scottsdale, AZ

Western Reliability Summit

The Western Reliability Summit is a unique opportunity for industry leaders to share thoughts and participate in discussions to help inform our collective understanding of the electric reliability challenges facing the Western Interconnection today.

The Summit is hosted by WECC, a not-for-profit organization that exists to assure a reliable and secure bulk power system in the Western Interconnection.

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We hand pick our speakers to bring you the best possible lineup with the most diverse range of expertise. We frequently update the site with speakers and sessions so check back for details.

David Owens

David K. Owens

Retired, Executive Vice President, Edison Electric Institute

Chairman, Puerto Rico Transformation Advisory Council

Summit Schedule


Tuesday, April 30, 2019

5:00 - 6:00 p.m.

Welcome Reception


Wednesday, May 1, 2019

7:30 to 8:30 a.m.


8:45 – 9:30 a.m.

Keynote Speaker - David K. Owens

9:30 – 10:45 a.m.

Panel 1: Where is the New Cyber Threat Front?


  • David Foose, Emerson Automation Solutions
  • Michael Lettman, U.S. Department of Homeland Security
  • Peyton Price, Idaho National Laboratory

10:45 – 11:00 a.m.


11:00 – 12:15 p.m.

Panel 2: What is the next Transformational Technology?


  • Chris Campbell, Salt River Project
  • Kiran Kumaraswamy, Fluence Energy
  • Mahesh Morjaria, First Solar
  • Chris Schroeder, Smart Electric Power Alliance

12:15 – 1:00 p.m.


1:00 - 2:15 p.m.

Panel 3: What Does the Future Utility Look Like?


  • Colin Cushnie, Southern California Edison
  • Gregory Guthridge, Consultant (formerly with Accenture)
  • Jeffrey Guldner, Arizona Public Service

2:15 - 3:30 p.m.

Panel 4: Changing Social Norms and Expectations: Impact on Policy and Reliability


  • Megan Decker, Oregon Public Utility Commission
  • John Moore, Natural Resources Defense Council
  • Liane Randolph, California Public Utilities Commission
  • Ann Rendahl, Washington Utilities & Transportation Commission

3:30 p.m.

Closing Remarks

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Summit Location

DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel Scottsdale
5401 N Scottsdale Rd,
Scottsdale, AZ 85250


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Email: reliabilitysummit@wecc.org
Call : 801-819-7603


WECC is a not-for-profit corporation that exists to assure a reliable and secure Bulk Power System in the Western Interconnection.