Integrated Resource Planning – Virtual (Jun 22)

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)
  • Rachel Clark, Integrated Resource Planning Manager, Tacoma Power

    • Program Location
    • Virtual Event
    • No travel required. All agenda times are in Pacific time. Instructions to access the virtual event will be provided to the attendee 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 virtual access to all agenda items and digital 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. Recording is not permitted for any portion of the event.
  • For more information contact Marco Henkel, Program Manager at (971) 393-3250.


All session times are listed in Pacific time.

Thursday, June 22, 2023

8:45 AM - 9:00 AM

Virtual Help Desk + Technology Check

The room will open early with optional time for participants to get familiar with the virtual platform, test their audio and webcam, or ask questions about the agenda before we begin.

9:00 AM - 9:30 AM

Welcome and Introductions

Introductory Roundtable for attendees to share current challenges, recent successes, and priorities of their IRP process.

9:30 AM - 10:00 AM


Physical Security: Lessons learned from recent substation attacks

10:00 AM - 10:15 AM


10:15 AM - 11:30 AM

Resource Adequacy Analysis and Planning

Recent years have seen the adoption of increasingly aggressive decarbonization policies in Western states as well as extreme weather events that have threatened the reliability of the grid. How do we plan for a reliable system while facing these simultaneous challenges? In this session, we’ll discuss best practices for resource adequacy analysis and planning in systems that increasingly rely on clean energy resources and that are vulnerable to changing weather patterns. Topics will include: renewable and storage co-optimization, regional coordination, impacts of weather trends, and RA metrics.

11:30 AM - 12:30 PM

Lunch Break

12:30 PM - 2:00 PM

2023 IRP Process and Lessons Learned

Presentation and Discussion: Puget Sound Energy will share lessons learned from their recent IRP process, including discussions on stakeholder engagement and managing public perception of the IRP and its limitations.

2:00 PM - 2:15 PM


2:15 PM - 3:30 PM

Finding Effective Resources to Meet Increasing System Demands

Facilitated roundtable on how to reach adequate supply and discussion on what tools are in the toolbox for long term planning.

3:30 PM - 4:15 PM

Open Forum + Hot Topics Roundtable

This session allows for all participants to bring up additional topics that have not been discussed yet, or may need further discussion.

4:15 PM - 4:30 PM

Wrap-Up and Closing Remarks

Meet The Speakers

Rachel Gardner-Clark

Tacoma Public Utilities

Data Scientist

Michael Reynolds

Salt River Project

Manager, Resource Analysis & Planning

Paul Klapka

Southern California Edison

Senior Advisor - SCE

Elaine Hart

Moment Energy Insights LLC

Founding Principal
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Elaine Hart is Founding Principal at Moment Energy Insights LLC and serves as an Expert for GridLab, a non-profit that provides technical grid expertise to enhance policy decision-making and to ensure a rapid transition to a reliable, cost effective, and low carbon future.
Dr. Hart brings experience in resource planning, flexible resource valuation, decarbonization policy analysis, and resource adequacy analysis. She specializes in designing optimization-based models to inform electricity sector decisions in increasingly renewable systems. Prior to founding Moment Energy Insights, Hart was the Manager of Integrated Resource Planning (IRP) at Portland General Electric, where her work focused on resource planning, energy storage evaluation, and decarbonization strategy. Prior to joining PGE, Hart was a Managing Consultant at Energy & Environmental Economics (E3), where she advised utilities, regulators, and developers on the opportunities and challenges associated with expanding clean energy in the Western US. Hart holds a BS in Chemistry from Harvey Mudd College, and an MS in Materials Science & Engineering and PhD in Civil & Environmental Engineering from Stanford University.

Phillip Popoff

Puget Sound Energy

Manager, Integrated Resource Planning