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.

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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 Street
      Los 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

12:00 PM - 1:00 PM

Registration + Lunch

1:00 PM - 1:30 PM

Welcome to LADWP

1:30 PM - 2:00 PM

Introductions + Opening Roundtable

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

2:00 PM - 3:15 PM

100% RPS Study

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. Hear an update on the study as it has progressed.

3:15 PM - 3:30 PM


3:30 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 optimizing DERs and the impact on unmanaged DERs. We will also discuss the potential for accelerated or targeted DSM to avoid larger distribution system investments.

5:30 PM - 8:00 PM

WEI Hosted Networking Dinner

Location TBD

Tuesday, April 10, 2018

7:30 AM - 8:00 AM

Networking Breakfast at LADWP

8:00 AM - 9:30 AM

Changing Utility Business Model

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, a panel of utilities will explore strategies to meet these challenges.

9:30 AM - 9:45 AM


9:45 AM - 11:00 AM

Topic TBD

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.

  • Click here to make your reservation now.

Meet The Speakers

Ezra Beeman


Managing Director