Integrated Resource Planning (Apr 09-10)

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.

General Details

  • Program Chair(s)
  • James Barner, Manager of Integrated Resource Planning, Los Angeles Department of Water & Power; Jay Lim, Mechanical Engineer, Los Angeles Department of Water & Power

    • Program Location
    • La Kretz Innovation Campus
    • 525 S Hewitt StreetLos Angeles, CA 90013
    • 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 March 25, 2018. Registration includes materials, lunch and 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 Joshua Baker, Program Manager at (971) 255-4970.


Monday, April 9, 2018

11:00 AM - 12:00 PM

Optional Tour of the La Kretz Innovation Campus

As the IRP Forum will be occurring at the La Kretz Innovation Campus, we have the opportunity to take a tour before the meeting starts. The La Kretz Innovation Campus is Los Angeles’ new cleantech industry hub – a place where entrepreneurs, engineers, scientists and policymakers can collaborate, promote and support the development of clean technologies and LA’s green economy. The Campus features R&D labs, prototype manufacturing workshop, training center, in addition to LADWP laboratories for both Customer Engagement and Energy Efficiency and Technology. More information about the campus is available here: https://laincubator.org/la-kretz-innovation-campus/

12:00 PM - 1:00 PM

Registration + Lunch

1:00 PM - 2:00 PM

Welcome to LADWP + Introductions
Facilitator(s): James Barner, Manager of Integrated Resource Planning, Los Angeles Department of Water & Power

Brief roundtable introducing all attendees and sharing the highest priority issues faced by companies.

2:00 PM - 3:45 PM

100% RPS Study
Speaker(s): Daniel Steinberg, Senior Policy and Economic Analyst/Group Manager - Forecasting And Modeling, National Renewable Energy Laboratory, Gary Dorris, CEO & Co-Founder, Ascend Analytics

In 2017 Los Angeles Department of Water & Power launched a study to determine what investments should be made to achieve a 100% RPS. As part of the study, LADWP and partners have been conducting an objective economic and reliability analysis of options for reaching a 100% renewable energy supply. As other utilities are also facing pressure to evaluate high RPS standards, we will look at challenges, what is possible, and what current opportunities exist.

3:45 PM - 4:00 PM


4:00 PM - 5:00 PM

Optimizing Distributed Energy Resources
Speaker(s): Ezra Beeman, Managing Director, Energeia

Ezra Beeman of Energeia will join to share the latest research on the key issues and challenges relating to DER integration. Topics of discussion may include: Overview of the distribution planning process and DER impacts; Methodologies for forecasting DER adoption; Forecasting DER impacts under a do-nothing scenario (without changes to rate structures, incentives);  Developing and testing DER scenarios (optimizing location, value of system); and other key issues and challenges.

5:30 PM - 8:00 PM

WEI Hosted Networking Dinner

Café Pinot
700 West 5th Street, Los Angeles, CA 90071

Tuesday, April 10, 2018

7:30 AM - 8:00 AM

Networking Breakfast at LADWP

8:00 AM - 9:30 AM

Changing Utility Business Model
Speaker(s): Paul Klapka, Senior Advisor, Southern California Edison

New technology, competitors and an increasing customer desire for choice and control will require that utilities plan with tremendous innovation and flexibility. In this session, utilities will explore strategies to meet these challenges.

9:30 AM - 9:45 AM


9:45 AM - 11:00 AM

Resource Adequacy and Pressure to Reduce Gas Generation
Speaker(s): Jeff Yockey, Manager, Resource Planning, TEP, James Barner, Manager of Integrated Resource Planning, Los Angeles Department of Water & Power

Facing consumer and regulatory pressure to reduce natural gas consumption, what actions and strategies are utilities taking?

11:00 AM - 11:15 AM


11:15 AM - 12:30 PM

Open Roundtable Discussion + Meeting Wrap Up

Ask any remaining questions that were not yet discussed and benefit from the wealth of knowledge and experience of the group. Provide input about what content should be part of future WEI IRP programs.

Hotel + Travel

  • This 1923 beaux arts-inspired grande dame is a 10-minute walk from both the Walt Disney Concert Hall and the Museum of Contemporary Art, and 2 blocks from the Pershing Square rail station. Refined rooms with plantation shutters offer WiFi (fee), satellite TV and marble baths.
  • Reservation Instructions
  • Please contact the hotel directly at (213) 612-1575 to reserve your room, or complete your reservation online using the link below. Identify yourself as being with Western Energy Institute and use the discount code ‘1804WESTER’ to receive a special rate of $173 USD/night. This rate is guaranteed until March 25, 2018 or until the WEI room block is full.

Meet The Speakers

Ezra Beeman


Managing Director

Daniel Steinberg

National Renewable Energy Laboratory

Senior Policy and Economic Analyst/Group Manager - Forecasting And Modeling

Gary Dorris

Ascend Analytics

CEO & Co-Founder

Paul Klapka

Southern California Edison

Senior Advisor

Jeff Yockey


Manager, Resource Planning

James Barner

Los Angeles Department of Water & Power

Manager of Integrated Resource Planning