Integrated Resource Planning (Apr 24-25)

An integrated resource plan (IRP) isn’t just a plan; it’s an involved process with multiple evaluation criteria that helps to determine both short and long term load growth. Through a broad analysis of supply-side and customer service options, an integrated resource plan comes into fruition. IRP professionals gather for peer support of this process, and to better understand the challenges facing electric and natural gas providers in the Western North America. Designed as a mix of interactive roundtable discussions and information-rich presentations, forum participants address topics such as resource management, data analysis and modeling, and stakeholder engagement.

General Details

  • Program Chair(s)
  • Paul Klapka, Project Manager, Southern California Edison

    • Program Location
    • Southern California Edison
    • 8631 Rush StreetRosemead, California 91770
    • Who Should Attend
    • Directors, senior leaders and key organizational contributors who manage the aspects and objectives of their utility’s integrated resource plan are invited to attend. Service companies and special interests should contact WEI prior to registration.

  • Registration Options
  • Member: $349 USD

    Registration price increases $50 after April 7, 2017. Registration includes materials, hosted dinner on Monday, and breakfast and Tuesday, and refreshments throughout the program. Guest tickets are available for $100 and allows a personal guest (a spouse or partner who does not work in the energy industry) to accompany a registered attendee at the event.

  • 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 Anna Sanger Reed, Director of Customer + Corporate Programs at (503) 688-2795.


Monday, April 24, 2017

12:30 PM - 1:00 PM

Check in and Registration

Pick up your nametags and materials. Light reshments provided.

1:00 PM - 1:30 PM

Welcome to Southern California Edison
Speaker(s): Mark Nelson, Director of Planning, Analysis & Forecasting, Southern California Edison

Words of welcome and a brief overview of Southern California Edison.

1:30 PM - 2:15 PM

New IRP Standards Across the West
Speaker(s): Jenifer Hedrick, Project Manager, Southern California Edison

Hear how recent regulation changes in California are impacting IRP requirements for investor owned utilities and public utilities. Hear an update on how Southern California Edison is responding to the new rules. Discussion will also include updates on how the rules are impacting public utilities and community choice aggregators. Attendees will also discuss and share updates on anticipated regulation changes beyond California and how the rules may provide valuable insight for best practices throughout the West.

2:15 PM - 3:00 PM

Estimating the Value of Solar Technologies for IRP
Speaker(s): Paul Denholm, Principal Analyst, National Renewable Energy Laboratory

Learn about the National Renewable Energy Laboratory's PLEXOS-based analyses that capture the system-related benefits (e.g., avoided costs of fuel, avoided cost of emissions, avoided O&M) of variable and non-variable renewable energy generation. This session will also include a discussion of net-system cost as an alternative to LCOE for assessing the value of CSP with thermal energy storage relative to other capacity options.

3:00 PM - 3:20 PM


3:20 PM - 5:00 PM

IRP: Best Practices in a Changing World
Speaker(s): Adam Borison, Ph.D., Managing Director, Berkeley Research Group, LLC

Dr. Adam Borison will share insights on the most innovative processes to ensure you are developing the most effective and accurate IRP through times of dramatic industry transformation. We'll address the following key questions:

  • What are the key elements of a top-quality IRP?
  • What is the right “frame” for an IRP, especially with low demand growth?
  • How do we develop a comprehensive list of suitable candidate portfolios, especially with distributed, intermittent or demand-side resources?
  • How do we prioritize and address uncertainties, especially for political and social factors with little historical data?
  • How do we “trade off” multiple metrics rigorously and defensibly, especially non-cost factors like sustainability?

5:00 PM - 8:00 PM

WEI Hosted Networking Dinner

To be held DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel Los Angeles – Rosemead

Tuesday, April 25, 2017

7:30 AM - 8:00 AM

Networking Breakfast at Southern California Edison

Continental breakfast provided.

8:00 AM - 9:00 AM

Energy Storage: Where are We At and Where Will Technology Take Us?
Speaker(s): Ben Kaun, Sr Project Manager, Energy Storage and Distributed Energy Resources, EPRI

Our speaker will share an overview of how utilities are using energy storage and what’s on the horizon for future developments and opportunities.
Discussion will include:
• Overview on short and long term storage market and technology changes
• How energy storage might impact carbon or renewable objectives
• Examples and trends in storage applications

9:00 AM - 10:15 AM

Energy Storage and the IRP Process
Speaker(s): Elaine Hart, Analyst - Integrated Resource Planning, Portland General Electric

Portland General Electric will share a case study of how they incorporated energy storage in to their integrated resource planning process and are developing an evaluation framework for future energy storage procurement decisions. The group will then be engaged for a rich discussion around how other utilities are addressing energy storage in their IRP processes. 

Chapter 8 of PGE’s 2016 IRP.

10:15 AM - 10:30 AM


10:30 AM - 12:00 PM

Roundtable Discussion: Distributed Generation + Distributed Resource Plans
Facilitator(s): Janice Frazier-Hampton, Director, Integrated Resource Planning, Pacific Gas and Electric Company

All attendees are encouraged to come prepared to share how they’re incorporating distributed resources. Discussed shared challenges and identify best practices for effective planning. Discussion will also include implications that this has on natural gas consumption.

12:00 PM - 12:30 PM

Closing Comments and Planning for Fall 2017 Forum
Facilitator(s): Jenifer Hedrick, Project Manager, Southern California Edison

Share feedback about this program and suggest topics for next time!

Hotel + Travel

  • Reservation Instructions
  • Please contact the hotel directly at (323) 722-8800 to reserve your room, or complete your reservation online. Identify yourself as being with Western Energy Institute and use the discount code ‘WEI’ to receive a special rate of $165/night. This rate is guaranteed until April 20, 2016 or until the WEI room block is full.

Meet The Speakers

Mark Nelson

Southern California Edison

Director of Planning, Analysis & Forecasting

Paul Klapka

Southern California Edison

Project Manager
Learn More

I joined Southern California Edison in 1980 as a nuclear engineer working at San Onofre Nuclear Generating Station. At that time, Unit 1 was operating and Units 2&3 were in construction. Since then, I have worked mostly in utility rate regulation, until I recently was assigned to the Integrated Resource Planning group in the Strategy, Integrated Planning, & Performance department.

Adam Borison, Ph.D.

Berkeley Research Group, LLC

Managing Director

Ben Kaun


Sr Project Manager, Energy Storage and Distributed Energy Resources

Elaine Hart

Portland General Electric

Analyst - Integrated Resource Planning

Janice Frazier-Hampton

Pacific Gas and Electric Company

Director, Integrated Resource Planning

Paul Denholm

National Renewable Energy Laboratory

Principal Analyst

Jenifer Hedrick

Southern California Edison

Project Manager