Integrated Resource Planning – Virtual (Nov 02-03)

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 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.

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General Details

  • Program Chair(s)
  • Scott Harding, Supervisor, Resource Planning & Acquisition, Imperial Irrigation District

    • Program Location
    • Virtual Event
    • No travel required. All agenda times are in Pacific time. Instructions to access the virtual event will be provided before the program.
    • 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 about involvement. 

  • Registration Options
  • Member: $199 USD

    Registration includes online access and all digital meeting materials.

  • General Cancellation Policy
  • To best serve WEI members and program participants during the COVID-19 pandemic, WEI will be waiving its standard cancellation policy for this program and all virtual programs through July 2021. Registrants can now receive a full refund should they need to cancel their registration up to the day before the program begins. This applies to both new and existing registrations for virtual programs.
  • 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. Recording is not permitted for any portion of the event.
  • For more information contact Jessica Grant, Program Manager at (971) 255-4970.


All session times are listed in Pacific time.

Monday, November 2, 2020

11:30 AM - 12:00 PM

Virtual Registration Desk Open

​​​​​​​The Virtual Registration Desk is available to help with technical issues or answer questions about the agenda.

12:00 PM - 12:30 PM

Welcome to the IRP Fall Forum + Introduction Roundtable
Speaker(s): Scott Harding, Supervisor, Resource Planning & Acquisition, Imperial Irrigation District

Integrated Resource Planning Forum Chair, Scott Harding with Imperial Irrigation District will welcome attendees to the forum. Following this, attendees will discuss recent challenges and successes.

12:30 PM - 1:45 PM

Facilitated Discussion: COVID-19 Impacts
Facilitator(s): Scott Harding, Supervisor, Resource Planning & Acquisition, Imperial Irrigation District

1:45 PM - 2:00 PM


2:00 PM - 3:30 PM

RNG + Hydrogen
Speaker(s): Randy Gabe, Vice President, Gas Resources, Southwest Gas Corporation, Sarah Smith, Director, NGT, Regional LNG and Renewable Gases, FortisBC

What are the realities of implementation? Are RNG and Hydrogen both counting on the same infrastructure? Does the industry need to coalesce around one fuel source to justify the expense with production and pipeline changes? These questions, among others, will be addressed during this session. This session ends with a facilitated discussion to determine how to incorporate RNG at our next meeting.

Tuesday, November 3, 2020

8:15 AM - 9:30 AM

Resiliency Roundtable Discussion
Speaker(s): Steve Edburg, Consultant, Black & Veatch, Denny Yeung, Principal Consultant, Black & Veatch, Paul Klapka, Senior Advisor, Southern California Edison

9:30 AM - 9:45 AM


9:45 AM - 11:00 AM

100% Clean
Facilitator(s): Paul Klapka, Senior Advisor, Southern California Edison
Speaker(s): Stephen Torres, Senior Manager, Analytics, Southern California Edison, David Millar, Director of Resources Planning Consulting, Ascend Analytics

What is meant by this? How do we get there? Is it really possible? Hear about the sector responsibilities, processes and tools to get there.

11:00 AM - 11:15 AM


11:15 AM - 12:00 PM

Open Roundtable Discussion
Facilitator(s): Scott Harding, Supervisor, Resource Planning & Acquisition, Imperial Irrigation District

12:00 PM - 12:30 PM

Wrap Up + Future Planning

Provide input about what content should be part of future WEI IRP programs.

Meet The Speakers

Randy Gabe

Southwest Gas Corporation

Vice President, Gas Resources
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Randy Gabe is Vice President/Gas Resources of Southwest Gas Corporation. He is responsible for overseeing Gas Purchases and Transportation, Gas Control and Dispatch, and Systems Planning functions.

In his position, Randy is focused on securing reliable gas supplies and ensuring the distribution and transmission systems operate safely and effectively.

Randy joined Southwest in 1993 as an Accountant. In 1998, he was promoted to Senior Accountant in the Corporate Planning department. He left the Company in 1999 to pursue opportunities in the technology and construction industries. He returned to Southwest in 2003 as the Manager of Gas Resources Planning. Randy has worked at Southwest for over 20 years. During his tenure, he has held positions of increased responsibility in the areas of Accounting, Resource Planning, Gas Supply and Key Account Management. He was promoted to his current position as Vice President/Gas Resources in 2012.

A graduate of the University of Nevada, Las Vegas, Randy holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Accounting, as well as a Master of Business Administration degree. Outside of Southwest, he serves on the Board of Directors of the Grant a Gift Autism Foundation.

Sarah Smith


Director, NGT, Regional LNG and Renewable Gases
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Sarah Smith is the Director of Natural Gas for Transportation, Regional LNG and Renewable Gases at the FortisBC Energy Utilities. She has been with FortisBC since 2006 – previous to taking on her current portfolio, she was the Director of Conservation and Energy Management for Fortis. Sarah has been in her current portfolios since 2016, and has overseen a significant expansion in the number of CNG and LNG customers served by FortisBC, and in Renewable Gases as well as winning a number of industry awards recognizing FortisBC as a leader in low-carbon transportation. Sarah holds a Diploma in Sales and Marketing Management from the Sauder School of Business at UBC.

Steve Edburg

Black & Veatch

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Dr. Edburg is a consultant in the Advisory and Planning group at Black & Veatch. He is responsible for performing market forecasts of electrical power prices across the U.S., including Black & Veatch’s Electric Market Perspective. In addition, Steve performs a variety of analyses for the Transactions group at Black & Veatch including Integrated Resource Plans (IRP) and market studies.

Prior to joining Black & Veatch, Steve was a Sr. Analyst at Energy Exemplar where he designed, developed, and maintained databases for production cost modeling in the U.S., Canada, and Mexico. Steve has experience conducting zonal and nodal power simulations, benchmarking simulations against historical observations, and evaluating forecasts to support transmission planning, IRPs, market analyses, and trading.

Steve’s background is in Mechanical Engineering and Atmospheric Science. He has conducted numerical studies of atmospheric turbulence and dispersion, fire spread and smoke transport, atmospheric chemistry, and earth system processes. In addition to modelling, Steve has conducted field campaigns across the U.S. on topics such as atmospheric turbulence and dispersion and well as methane leak detection from natural gas distribution pipelines.

Denny Yeung

Black & Veatch

Principal Consultant
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Mr. Yeung is a Principal Consultant in Black & Veatch Management Consulting LLC. He is an expert in power and natural gas fundamental market analysis, commercial strategy, and midstream asset valuation. He has led numerous engagements related to market assessments for gas and electric utilities, the valuation of midstream infrastructure, and LDC gas supply portfolio analysis. He has been involved in several gas-electric reliability studies in ISO-New England, ERCOT and WECC.

He has accumulated extensive knowledge relative to market fundamentals, strategy development, and infrastructure optimization in his experience with Black & Veatch. Mr. Yeung is based in Houston, TX and holds a BA in Economics from Rice University and an MBA from the University of Texas at Austin.

Stephen Torres

Southern California Edison

Senior Manager, Analytics
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Stephen Torres is a Senior Manager leading the Analytics function within the Resource and Environmental Planning & Strategy organization at Southern California Edison (SCE), and Climate Adaptation efforts across the company.
Prior to SCE, Mr. Torres was Director of the Project Business for DelSolar, a Taiwanese solar module manufacturer part of Delta Electronics, where he was responsible for the origination, development, engineering, construction, operation, and financing of distributed solar projects across the US. Mr. Torres has also served as Vice-President of Magnetek (NYSE: MAG), Inc. and General Manager of its Alternative Energy division, developing innovative power conversion solutions to the solar and wind industries.
Mr. Torres received a Mechanical Engineering degree from the University of Washington and an MBA from the Anderson School of Management at UCLA.

David Millar

Ascend Analytics

Director of Resources Planning Consulting
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David is Director of Resources Planning Consulting at Ascend Analytics. He and his team advise utilities across the US using Ascend’s advanced risk-based analytic tools for resource planning and decision analysis. Prior to joining Ascend, David was a Principal of Energy Modeling and Analysis in electricity supply and a load forecasting analyst at Pacific Gas and Electric. He has also worked in energy consulting and research at DNV GL and Lawrence Berkeley National Lab. Originally from the Bay Area, David received bachelors degrees in Earth Sciences and Politics from the University of California, Santa Cruz and a Master of Environmental Management from Duke University. When he’s not working on the energy transition, he likes to spent time with his wife and 10-month old identical twin sons, as well as sneak away to cycle and ski in the Rocky Mountains.

Scott Harding

Imperial Irrigation District

Supervisor, Resource Planning & Acquisition
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Scott has been with Imperial Irrigation District for 19 years working in mostly integrated resource planning, but also in the accounting and analytics fields. Scott has been responsible for 8 Integrated Resource Plans during his time with IID, of which, resulted in more than 500 MW of new internally controlled generation from technologies such as energy storage, natural gas facilities, solar resources, geothermal resources, biomass resources and others. Scott has also lead teams in procurement of short term imported capacity/energy and gas allowing for substantial savings and reliable service to the IID system. Scott holds a Master’s degree from San Diego State University and an Energy Resource Management diploma from UC-Davis.

Paul Klapka

Southern California Edison

Senior Advisor
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Paul 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, Paul has worked mostly in utility rate regulation, until Paul recently was assigned to the Integrated Resource Planning group in the Strategy, Integrated Planning, & Performance department.