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.
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.
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.
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:
5:00 PM - 8:00 PM
WEI Hosted Networking Dinner
To be held DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel Los Angeles – Rosemead
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!
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.
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.