Integrated Resource Planning (Oct 23-24)

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)
  • Kathy Lee, Manager of Integrated Resource Planning, BC Hydro

    • Program Location
    • BC Hydro
    • 333 Dunsmuir St
      Vancouver, British Columbia V6B 5R4
    • 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: $349 USD

    Registration price increases $50 after September 15, 2017. Registration includes materials, hosted dinner on Monday, breakfast on Tuesday, and refreshments throughout the program. Guest tickets are available for $100 and allow a personal guest (a spouse or partner who does not work in the energy industry) to accompany a registered attendee at the event. Guest registration includes all meals and receptions, and all program materials.

  • 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, October 23, 2017

12:30 PM - 1:00 PM

Registration + Check In

1:00 PM - 1:30 PM

Welcome to BC Hydro
Speaker(s): Randy Reimann, Director of Energy Planning, BC Hydro

1:30 PM - 2:30 PM

Introductions + Opening Roundtable
Facilitator(s): Kathy Lee, Manager, Integrated Resource Planning, BC Hydro

Get to know the other attendees. Please be prepared to share key issues you are working on, or are interested in talking about during the forum.

2:30 PM - 3:00 PM

Update on California IRP Requirements
Speaker(s): Paul Klapka, Project Manager, Southern California Edison, James Barner, Manager of Integrated Resource Planning, Los Angeles Department of Water & Power

Senate Bill 350 set new requirements for investor owned and public utilities in the state of California. Hear an update from Southern California Edison and Los Angeles Department of Water and Power on how they are responding to the new requirements.

3:00 PM - 3:15 PM


3:15 PM - 5:00 PM

Decarbonizing the Pipeline
Facilitator(s): Tamy Linver, Sr. Director, Strategic Planning, NW Natural
Speaker(s): Franco Albi, Manager, Integrated Resource Planning, Portland General Electric, Ivo Steklac, CEO, Aquahydrex, Jason Wolfe, Director, Energy Solutions, FortisBC, Matt Gregori, Technology Development Manager, Southern California Gas Company

Representatives from FortisBC, Portland General Electric, and Southern California Gas Company will share how they are responding to pressure or regulations requiring decarbonization. We will also have an expert speaker to talk about Power to Gas technology for use in both electric generation and natural gas utility systems.

5:30 PM - 8:00 PM

Hosted Networking Dinner

Metropolitan Hotel Vancouver
Connaught Room (2nd Floor of the Hotel)
645 Howe Street
Vancouver, British Columbia V6C 2Y9

Tuesday, October 24, 2017

7:30 AM - 8:00 AM

Breakfast at BC Hydro

8:00 AM - 9:30 AM

The Changing Utility Business Model
Moderator(s): Franco Albi, Manager, Integrated Resource Planning, Portland General Electric
Panelist(s): Nadia El Mallakh, Assistant General Counsel, Xcel Energy Inc., Jonathan Rumble, Principal Manager, Southern California Edison

Utilities face many new challenges and opportunities with the rapidly changing energy industry landscape. New technology, competitors, and an increasing customer desire for choice and control will require that utilities plan with tremendous innovation and flexibility to continue to lead.

9:30 AM - 9:45 AM


9:45 AM - 11:00 AM

Energy Futures Scenarios for IRPs
Speaker(s): Sanjaya De Zoysa, Resource Planning Specialist, BC Hydro, Kathy Lee, Manager, Integrated Resource Planning, BC Hydro

BC Hydro will describe the process that was used to determine 5 seperate energy future scenarios that will inform their next IRP. This will lead in to an interactive roundtable discussion to compare how this relates to scenarios other companies are considering.

11:00 AM - 12:00 PM

Roundtable Discussion
Facilitator(s): Kathy Lee, Manager, Integrated Resource Planning, BC Hydro

12:00 PM - 12:30 PM

Closing Comments and Wrap Up

Hotel + Travel

  • Reservation Instructions
  • Please contact the hotel directly at (800) 667-2300 to reserve your room. Identify yourself as being with Western Energy Institute to receive a special rate of $189 CAD/night. This rate is guaranteed until September 22, 2017 or until the WEI room block is full.

Meet The Speakers

Kathy Lee

BC Hydro

Manager, Integrated Resource Planning

Paul Klapka

Southern California Edison

Project Manager

James Barner

Los Angeles Department of Water & Power

Manager of Integrated Resource Planning

Tamy Linver

NW Natural

Sr. Director, Strategic Planning
Learn More

Tamy Linver is the Senior Director of Strategic Planning at NW Natural. Her area is responsible for strategic planning, the integrated resource planning, market research and decision support analysis. She has been with the company since 1991 and held various positions in Finance, Marketing, and Operations before being tapped to form the Strategic Planning department. An avid outdoors person, when not at work, Tamy enjoys working on her farm in Beavercreek, Oregon.

Franco Albi

Portland General Electric

Manager, Integrated Resource Planning

Ivo Steklac



Jason Wolfe


Director, Energy Solutions
Learn More

Jason has been with FortisBC for 16 years, and is presently the Director of Energy Solutions responsible for the Marketing and Sales efforts of FortisBC including the residential sales team, commercial and industrial account management, the development of new energy products and services (including new energy technologies for customers), and renewable natural gas customer demand. In 2018 these efforts resulted in the largest number of annual new customer attachments to the FortisBC gas system in over two decades and the introduction of a commercial carbon capture pilot.

Previously, Jason oversaw the FortisBC Market Development team and was responsible for negotiating and working with the Province to develop the Orders in Council approving the Tilbury LNG facility upgrades and the pipeline to service the Woodfibre LNG. Jason also oversaw the forecasting and resource planning departments. Prior to that, Jason was responsible for launching the FortisBC thermal energy business efforts with large commercial and institutional customers including schools municipalities and health authorities. Jason also spent four years in the Regulatory Affairs Department. Jason holds a Masters of Business Administration from Royal Roads University, a Bachelor of Education from Queen’s University and a Bachelor of Physical Education from the University of Calgary.

Randy Reimann

BC Hydro

Director of Energy Planning

Sanjaya De Zoysa

BC Hydro

Resource Planning Specialist

Nadia El Mallakh

Xcel Energy Inc.

Assistant General Counsel

Jonathan Rumble

Southern California Edison

Principal Manager

Matt Gregori

Southern California Gas Company

Technology Development Manager