Integrated Resource Planning – Virtual (Apr 06-07)

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)
  • Michael Reynolds, Principal Resource Modeling Lead, Salt River Project

    • 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
  • 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.

  • General Cancellation Policy
  • WEI will be waiving the standard cancellation policy for this program and other programs occurring in March, April, May, and June 2020. Registrants can receive a full refund of their fee if requested up to the day before the program occurs for increased flexibility due to the rapidly developing COVID-19 situation. This applies both to new and existing registrations. This also applies to any registration fees paid for virtual program formats.
  • 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 Kristen Paul, Program Manager at 971-334-4250.


Monday, April 6, 2020

11:30 AM - 12:00 PM

Connect + Check-In

All session times are listed in Pacific time.

Join us a half 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:

Model Selection

  • Future power system dynamics
  • Understanding the “endowment effect” of modeling
  • Conundrum of justifying the past in the wake of structural change

Risk modeling

  • Weather volatility
  • Climate adaptation
  • Expected load and loss of load

Energy Storage/Gas Storage: Supply and Dispatch

  • Implications for the electric side
  • Long term durations 
  • Hydrogen storage

1:45 PM - 2:00 PM

Networking Break

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.

Tuesday, April 7, 2020

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

Networking Break

10:15 AM - 11:15 AM

Carbon Modeling
Speaker(s): 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

Networking Break

11:30 AM - 12:30 PM

Reliability Planning
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
Phone: 480.894.1400

Meet The Speakers

Gary Dorris

Ascend Analytics

CEO & Co-Founder

Michael Reynolds

Salt River Project

Principal Resource Modeling Lead

Dr. Larry Olson

Arizona State University

Associate Professor, The Polytechnic School, Ira A. Fulton Schools of Engineering
Learn More

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).

Dr. Ben McMahan

University of Arizona

Assistant Research Scientist, Institute of the Environment

Dr. William Holmgren

University of Arizona

Assistant Research Professor, Hydrology and Atmospheric Sciences