Patricia Hoffman

Patricia Hoffman

Acting Under Secretary

U.S. Department of Energy

Patricia Hoffman was named Assistant Secretary (AS) for the Office of Electricity Delivery and Energy Reliability (OE) at the United States Department of Energy (DOE) in June 2010 after serving as Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary (PDAS) for OE since November 2007. Assistant Secretary Hoffman provides leadership on a national level on electric grid modernization, enhancing the security and reliability of the energy infrastructure and facilitating recovery from disruptions to the energy supply. This is critical to meeting the Nation’s growing demand for reliable electricity by overcoming the challenges of our Nation’s aging electricity transmission and distribution system and addressing the vulnerabilities in our energy supply chain.

During her tenure as PDAS, Ms. Hoffman oversaw OE’s $4.5 billion in funding under the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act, to invest in the deployment of smart grid technologies to reduce electricity costs, increase reliability, and give consumers more choice and control over their energy use. Additionally, these Recovery Act funds support the long-term, coordinated transmission planning; the development of interoperability standards that will enable smart grid devices to communicate in an efficient and secure way; and workforce development support to enhance the electric power system workers skills essential to modernize the grid. The funds also provide assistance to state and local governments to improve planning and emergency preparedness to minimize impacts of energy supply disruptions, and provide additional resources to state public utility commissions to help in regulating and overseeing new electricity and energy projects.

Ms. Hoffman has over 14 years of experience at the Energy Department developing and managing technology research programs critical to the electric sector. She developed OE’s long-term research strategy and improved its management portfolio of research programs for modernizing and improving the resiliency of the electric grid. This included developing and implementing sensors and operational tools for wide-area monitoring, energy storage research and demonstration and the development of advanced conductors to increase the capacity and flexibility of the grid. She also initiated a new research effort focused on integrating and distributing renewable energy through the electric grid, such as promoting plug-in hybrid electric vehicles and implementing smart grid technologies to maintain system reliability. Additionally, under her leadership, the Department demonstrated the first recuperated, industrial gas turbine for distributed generation applications. She also briefly managed the business operations for OE, including human resources, budget development, financial execution, and performance management.

Ms. Hoffman holds a Bachelor of Science and a Master of Science in Ceramic Science and Engineering from Pennsylvania State University.

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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 1-2, 2019 |
Doubletree, Scottsdale, AZ

WECC Western Reliability Summit

The Western Electricity Coordinating Council is focused on assuring a reliable Bulk Electric System in the West in collaboration with others who share that same reliability-driven mission. Preparing to meet the electric reliability challenges of tomorrow begins today.

This is a unique opportunity for you to share your thoughts and participate in discussions that will help inform our understanding of the electric reliability challenges facing the Western Interconnection and shape and influence the direction of our work and products over the coming years.

Hosted by:

Western Electricity Coordinating Council

Western Electricity
Coordinating Council


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.

Summit Schedule


Wednesday, May 1, 2019

Noon to 1:30 p.m.

Summit check-in

Forum Foyer

Buffet Lunch

Bouchon Ballroom


1:30 p.m. – 2:15 p.m.

Keynote Speaker (TBD)

2:15 p.m. – 3:30 p.m.

Panel: (TBD)

3:30 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.


4:00 p.m. – 5:15 p.m.

Panel: (TBD)

5:15 p.m. – 6:00 p.m.



Thursday, May 2, 2019

7:30 a.m. – 8:30 a.m.

Continental Breakfast

Bouchon Ballroom


Taud Olsen,
Director of Organization Development and Outreach, WECC
North Forum

8:30 a.m. – 9:15 a.m.

Discussion (TBD)

9:15 a.m. – 10:30 a.m.

Panel: (TBD)

10:30 a.m. – 11:00 a.m.


11:00 a.m. – Noon

Panel: (TBD)

Noon – 12:05 p.m.

Closing Comments


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Summit Location

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




Call (tollfree): 877-937-9722

Western Electricity Coordinating Council

The Western Electricity Coordinating Council (WECC) is a not-for-profit corporation that exists to assure a reliable Bulk Power System in the Western Interconnection.