Western Power Trading Forum 

2023 Winter General Meeting

March 1 - 3, 2023
Omni Rancho Las Palmas
41000 Bob Hope Drive
Rancho Mirage, CA 92270

Registration Fees:
WPTF Members: Complimentary
Non-Members: $900
Spouse/Guests: $250 (includes all meal functions)
Government Agencies: $89

Program of Events

Wednesday, March 1
4:00 p.m. WPTF Board of Directors Meeting and Dinner (Board and invited guests only)

Thursday, March 2
WPTF Golf Tournament (8:00 a.m. shotgun start)
Separate registration required ($175 total fee - includes golf, cart and luncheon. Rental shoes and clubs are an additional fee.)
Sponsored by Gregory Klatt, Partner, Douglass, Liddell & Klatt

6:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m.
Hosted Reception

7:00 p.m. - 9:30 p.m.
Dinner with Keynote Speaker, Pedro Pizarro, CEO, Edison International
Presentation of the Jackalyne Pfannenstiel Award

9:30 p.m. - 11:00 p.m.

Dessert Reception

Friday, March 3
8:00 a.m. - 9:00 a.m.
Buffet Breakfast

9:00 a.m. - Noon
Keynote Speaker: John Dizard, Independent Publishing Professional (Former Financial Times Columnist)
WPTF Consultant Presentations
Roundtable Discussion

Noon - 1:00 p.m.

1:00 p.m.
Program Concludes

W. Scott Miller III
WPTF Executive Director

WPTF is a broad-based organization with over 100-member companies, dedicating to encouraging competition in Western states electric markets. Scott comes to this position from a background that has been dedicated to competitive electric and natural gas markets.

Prior to coming to WPTF, Scott was the Senior Market Advisor in the Policy Office at the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) from 2008-2017. He was responsible for advising the Commission and staff on electric and natural gas markets.

Thursday Keynote Speaker

Pedro Pizarro

CEO, Edison International

Pedro J. Pizarro is president and chief executive officer of Edison International, the parent company of Southern California Edison (SCE), one of the nation’s largest electric utilities. Edison International is also the parent company of Edison Energy, a portfolio of competitive businesses providing commercial and industrial customers with energy management and procurement services. He is a member of Edison International’s board of directors.

Pizarro served as president of SCE from October 2014 through May 2016, when he was elected president of Edison International. He was elected chief executive officer in October 2016. Previously, Pizarro was president of Edison Mission Energy (EME) and chaired its board of directors from 2011 until the sale of its assets to NRG Energy in April 2014. EME, a subsidiary of Edison International at the time, was an independent power producer that owned, leased, operated and sold energy and capacity from electric power generation facilities and engaged in hedging and energy trading activities in competitive power markets. Pizarro joined Edison International in 1999, moved to SCE in 2001 and progressed through several leadership roles before joining EME.

Before his work at Edison International and SCE, Pizarro was a senior engagement manager with McKinsey & Company in Los Angeles, providing management consulting services to energy, technology, engineering services and banking clients. There, he developed corporate strategy, handled mergers and acquisitions and oversaw operational and organizational engagements.

Friday Keynote Speaker

John Dizard

Independent Publishing Professional,
Consultant Presentations

and Roundtable Discussion

John Dizard has been a financial journalist for 34 years and is currently writing a book on the Power Grid for News Corp.

He wrote a weekly column for the Financial Times called Street Talk which covers global macro investing, the political economy of currencies, energy, commodities, emerging market debt, the international and domestic credit markets, the automation of securities exchanges, and Iraqi economics and finance.

He also wrote for The New York Post, The New York Observer, National Review, Fortune Magazine, Institutional Investor, Fortune, Forbes, Barrons, and the New York Journal of Commerce.

Previously, he was the London Bureau Chief of Institutional Investor, a correspondent for the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation, and the managing editor of Canadian Business Magazine.

Omni Rancho Las Palmas

Hotel Accommodations

Located about 15-20 minutes from the Palm Springs Airport, The Omni Rancho Las Palmas is the destination of the 2023 WPTF Winter General Meeting.

About the Hotel:
Enjoy a relaxing oasis with a backdrop of mountains and palm trees at Omni Rancho Las Palmas Resort & Spa in Rancho Mirage, California. Our resort near Palm Springs offers an ideal escape in the Coachella Valley. Revel in timeless comforts, classic conveniences and modern technologies that have made our luxury resort a desired destination for a sun-drenched getaway.

Rooms are $269/night,
plus taxes, fees and assessments (approx 13.45%). There is also a $35/night resort charge.

The hotel charges an early departure fee to ensure you have your correct arrival and departure dates.

If you need to cancel your hotel reservation, do so 72 hours prior to the arrival date or one night's room and tax will be charged.

The cut-off date for room reservations is February 1, 2023, or earlier if the room block is filled.

You will receive the room block link in your registration confirmation email

Golf Tournament

WPTF holds a golf tournament at each of its meetings. Join us on Thursday, March 2nd at the Omni Rancho Las Palmas golf course. The Winter 2023 tournament will be individual play with an 8:00 am shotgun start. Email frank@wptf.org for additional information on the golf outing.

Tournament includes:

  • Green fees, golf cart, practice balls and prizes!
  • Beverages on the course and lunch following 
  • Tournament Fee: $175
  • Rental clubs and shoes are not included


I'm registered as a member and I can no longer attend.
Cancellations will be accepted without penalty through Wednesday, February 22, 2023. If you are a WPTF member and cancel after that date, you will receive a cancellation invoice for $400 to cover some of the costs associated with guarantees WPTF has made with the hotel.

I'm registered as a non-member and I can no longer attend the meeting. Can I get a refund?
Refund requests will be honored through Wednesday, February 22, 2023. After this date, refunds will not be issued because all hotel food and beverage and conference supplies will have been guaranteed by that date. However, substitutes are welcome to attend in your place. Please send substitution information to frank@wptf.org. Refunds will not be processed until after the conference.

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