Western Energy Institute Names Chuck Meyer as President

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Western Energy Institute (WEI) today announced Chuck Meyer as the association's new President. WEI is a regional association serving the electric and gas industries, both public and private, throughout the Western United States and Canada. Meyer anticipates strategic changes that will increase Western Energy Institute's role in the energy industry.

Western Energy Institute (WEI) today announced Chuck Meyer as the association's new President. WEI is a regional association serving the electric and gas industries, both public and private, throughout the Western United States and Canada.

Meyer anticipates strategic changes that will increase Western Energy Institute's role in the energy industry. His demonstrated excellence will strengthen the Association and continue to bring value and satisfaction to its members.

Meyer joins WEI after an admirable 31 year career with Bonneville Power Administration (BPA), where he most recently served as the Executive Vice President for Planning and Governance. He was responsible for strategic and other corporate level planning processes and governance functions.

"Chuck's commitment to the energy industry and demonstrated leadership with BPA makes him a valuable addition to Western Energy Institute," said LaMont Keen, President and CEO of Idaho Power Company and current Chair of WEI. He comments, "We look forward to WEI's growth and an increase in member satisfaction under his guidance".

Prior to leading Planning and Governance at BPA, Meyer was Vice President of Transmission Marketing and Sales from 1996 to 2006, where he oversaw open access commercial arrangements, including contracting, billing, pricing and product delivery. He began his career at BPA as an Economist in 1976; he went on to be the Director for Financial Requirements, Director of Finance and Budget, Director of Resource Planning and Manager of the Industrial Customers Segment.

During his tenure at BPA, Meyer was the recipient of BPA's Distinguished Career Service Award. He designed and implemented BPA's first comprehensive Asset Management Program, governing assets of $19 billion. Additionally, he designed and implemented BPA's first open access transmission tariffs and two subsequent revisions which were approved by the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission. As an Executive, he was responsible for significant change management initiates producing numerous productivity improvements at BPA.

Meyer graduated cum laude from Kent State University with a Bachelors degree in Business Administration, and a Master of Arts degree in Economics. He was appointed a Senior Fellow of the American Leadership Forum in 2002, which is a non-profit, non-partisan organization that joins and strengthens leaders in order to better serve the public good. In 1994, he began traveling internationally to teach energy conservation methods through the U.S. Agency for International Development Training Program. Meyer has also served on the Beaverton Oregon School Board for three 4-year terms. He served as president for the School Board for four 1-year terms.

About Western Energy Institute:
The Western Energy Institute (WEI) is a regional association serving the electric and gas industries, both public and private, throughout the Western United States and Canada. Our mission is to educate, develop skills and leadership, and facilitate information exchange and networking among employees of member companies, and the companies that serve them.

Based in Portland, Oregon, WEI was formed in October 2000 from two longstanding industry associations - the Western Electric Power Institute (WEPI) founded in 1908 and Pacific Coast Gas Association (PCGA) founded in 1893. WEI's membership is comprised of nearly 40 energy companies, including gas pipeline companies, electric and gas distribution businesses, electric generation companies, power marketers and over 135 industry service providers.

WEI offers a member driven, open learning environment that develops effective industry leaders and ensures well trained employees. Each year WEI sponsors over 50 different educational and networking programs. These programs address strategic issues, informal benchmarking of business practices and hands on technical training. As the industry's most visible combined gas and electric trade association, WEI is focused on helping member companies thrive in increasingly competitive energy markets. To learn more about Western Energy Institute, please visit http://www.westernenergy.org

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