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.
Western Energy Institute takes the health and safety of our employees and members very seriously. With safety as our top priority, this program is being offered in a virtual format. No hotel or travel is required. If you have any questions, please contact the Program Manager directly.
Member Attendee: $199 USD
Registration includes online access and all digital meeting materials.
11:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Optional: Arrive Early + Connect to Virtual
All session times are listed in Pacific time.
Join us within the hour before the program to ask any questions about the forum, learn more about the meeting virtual experience/platform, and set-up your computer to avoid technical issues prior to our program launch.
12:00 PM - 12:30 PM
Welcome to the IRP Spring Forum+ Introductions
Michael Reynolds of Salt River Project will welcome us and kick-off the forum. Followed by a brief roundtable introducing all attendees.
12:30 PM - 1:45 PM
Resource Planning to Address Risks and Dynamics of High Renewables
Speaker(s): Gary Dorris, CEO & Co-Founder, Ascend Analytics
This session will cover model selection, risk modeling, and energy and gas storage. Topics will address:
Energy Storage/Gas Storage: Supply and Dispatch
1:45 PM - 2:00 PM
2:00 PM - 3:45 PM
Environmental Justice + Equity
Speaker(s): Dr. Larry Olson, Associate Professor, The Polytechnic School, Ira A. Fulton Schools of Engineering, Arizona State University
This session will reflect on defining, measuring and planning for equity in energy. In addition, it will examine how affordability is being considered in resource planning including potential metrics, projects, and legislation that may impact equity in energy.
9:00 AM - 10:00 AM
Open Industry Topic Roundtable Discussion
Join your colleagues in an industry roundtable. Attendees will be asked to share the highest priority issues faced by companies.
10:00 AM - 10:15 AM
10:15 AM - 11:15 AM
Speaker(s): Kenneth Ross, Manager, Integrated Resource Planning and DSM Reporting, FortisBC, Michael Hopkins, Senior Manager, Price Risk & Resource Planning, FortisBC, Dr. Ben McMahan, Assistant Research Scientist, Institute of the Environment, University of Arizona, Dr. William Holmgren, Assistant Research Professor, Hydrology and Atmospheric Sciences, University of Arizona
This session will share information on the University and TEP's GHG Reduction Goal Project.
11:15 AM - 11:30 AM
11:30 AM - 12:30 PM
Speaker(s): Michael Reynolds, Principal Resource Modeling Lead, Salt River Project
SRP will discuss the quantitative methods used to identify an appropriate planning reserve margin, including resource adequacy measures used. SRP will also include discussion of how to include potential benefits of reserve sharing arrangements or other similar structures.
12:30 PM - 1:00 PM
Wrap Up + Future Planning
Provide input about what content should be part of future WEI IRP programs.
This event will now be held in a virtual format. Hotel and travel arrangements will not be required to attend.
If you previously made hotel reservations for this event and need to cancel them, we’ve included the contact information for the hotel below for your convenience. If you have additional questions about this event, please contact the Program Manager directly.
Tempe Mission Palms Hotel and Conference Center
60 East 5th Street
Tempe, AZ 85281
Larry Olson is an associate professor and the program chair for environmental and resource management in the Polytechnic School in the Ira A. Fulton Schools of Engineering at Arizona State University. His research focuses on the environmental and health aspects of hazardous chemicals, including nanoscale materials. He is also involved in innovative methods of water treatment and water resources management.
• Olson holds a doctorate in chemistry from the University of Pennsylvania and a bachelor’s degree in chemistry from Baylor University. He was a postdoctoral fellow at the University of Illinois and has been a member of the Arizona State University faculty since 1989. Olson was a visiting professor at the Vrije Universiteit Brussel (VUB) in Brussels, Belgium; the University of Houston; Rice University and Baylor University.
• His awards and honors include the President’s Medal (ASU) for Social Embeddedness; Outstanding Professor (National Association of Industrial Technology), and Teacher of the Year (ASU Polytechnic).