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: $399 USD
Registration price increase $50 after September 28, 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.
12:00 PM - 1:00 PM
Registration + Lunch
1:00 PM - 2:30 PM
Welcome + Introductions
Brief roundtable introducing all attendees and sharing the highest priority issues faced by companies.
2:30 PM - 2:45 PM
2:45 PM - 3:45 PM
Strategic Planning, IRPs, and Creating Cross Functional Teams Roundtable
In this roundtable discussion, utilities will share their approach tying IRPs and strategic plans and best practices for the future of IRP organizational design. Questions we will address include:
3:45 PM - 4:00 PM
4:00 PM - 5:15 PM
Distribution System Planning and IRPs
Speaker(s): Rich Maggiani, Resource Planning Consultant, Solari Communication
Rich Maggiani of Solari Communication, a resource planning consultant, will join us to share insights and research on evolving planning practices. He will specifically address how utilities are starting to incorporate distribution system resources into their IRPs and planning processes.
5:30 PM - 8:00 PM
7:30 AM - 8:00 AM
8:00 AM - 9:00 AM
De-carbonization from the Gas Utility Perspective
9:00 AM - 9:15 AM
9:15 AM - 10:15 AM
Addressing Load Uncertainty and Maintaining Optionality
Join us for a conversation on how different utilities are addressing uncertainty in their plans. We will share the challenges and approaches that utilities take in forecasting their load and maintaining optionality in their portfolio. We plan to discuss what optionality do utilities consider when it comes to a decision related to adding a transmission line to a load center and what prioritization framework is used for comparing non-wire alternatives to wires.
10:15 AM - 10:30 AM
10:30 AM - 11:30 AM
Speaker(s): Stephen Torres, Senior Advisor, Southern California Edison
Southern California Edison will present how they are using GHG modeling to develop targets for the electric sector to meet their decarbonization strategic goals. They will share what goes into an economy-wide GHG model, how it integrates with Integrated Resource Planning, and how they see the model shaping plans and policy moving forward.
11:30 AM - 12:00 PM
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.
Please contact the hotel directly at (503) 223-2100 to reserve your room. Identify yourself as being with Western Energy Institute to receive a special rate of $149 USD/night. This rate is guaranteed until September 28, 2018 or until the WEI room block is full.