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.
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.
Member: $199 USD
Registration includes virtual access to all agenda items and digital program materials.
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
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
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.