Integrated Resource Planning – Virtual (Apr 07-08)

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.

General Details

  • Program Chair(s)
  • Daniel Schaefer, Senior Resource Engineer, Salt River Project

    • Program Location
    • Virtual Event
    • No travel required. All agenda times are in Pacific time.Instructions to access the virtual event will be provided to the attendee before the program.
    • 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: $199 USD

    Registration includes virtual access to all agenda items and digital program materials.

  • General Cancellation Policy
  • To best serve WEI members and program participants during the COVID-19 pandemic, WEI will be waiving its standard cancellation policy for this program and all virtual programs through July 2021. Registrants can now receive a full refund should they need to cancel their registration up to the day before the program begins. This applies to both new and existing registrations for virtual programs.
  • 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. Recording is not permitted for any portion of the event.
  • For more information contact Jessica Grant, Program Manager at (971) 255-4970.


All session times are listed in Pacific time.

Wednesday, April 7, 2021

12:15 PM - 12:30 PM

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.

12:30 PM - 1:10 PM

Welcome + Introductions

1:10 PM - 2:30 PM

Roundtable Discussion: Successes, Challenges + Opportunities
Speaker(s): Dan Schaefer, Senior Engineer, Salt River Project

We will have ample time to discuss current challenges and emerging issues.

2:30 PM - 2:50 PM

Salt River Project Heritage Presentation
Speaker(s): Leah Harrison, Senior Historical Analyst, Salt River Project

2:45pm - 4:00 PM

Stakeholder + Customer Communications
Panelist(s): Mandip Samra, Power Resource Planning Manager, Burbank Water and Power, Mike Hopkins, Senior Manager, Price Risk & Resource Planning, FortisBC, Robert Kaineg, Principal, Charles Rivers Associates

Utilities in the West are coping with unprecedented changes in electricity supply, demand, climate, and customer expectations. This changing landscape requires planners to increase public input and understanding of IRPs while at the same time conducting increasingly sophisticated analyses. A variety of utility types, sizes, and geographic locations will share their perspectives, including the role of the general public and/or selected participants, the makeup of the participants, the period and frequency of their participation, the topics that participants are most interested in or most able to contribute to, and methods of facilitating their participation, especially given the complex and diverse nature of resource planning topics.

Thursday, April 8, 2021

8:30 AM - 9:30 AM

Climate Adaptation Plans
Speaker(s): Martin Blagaich, Senior Advisor, Southern California Edison

This session will provide an overview of Southern California Edison’s 2022 Vulnerability Assessment, including the analytical approach, climate risks and long-term goals.

9:30 AM - 9:45 AM


9:45 AM - 11:00 AM

Fundamentals of Integrated Resource Planning
Speaker(s): Dan Schaefer, Senior Engineer, Salt River Project

This session will be an interactive discussion between members on fundamental resource planning topics. Each utility will present and be prepared to discuss two predetermined talking points: one focused on a solved problem, the other on an unsolved problem.

11:00 AM - 11:15 AM


11:15 AM - 12:15 PM

From Conventional to Renewable Resource Planning: Lessons Learned
Speaker(s): Dan Schaefer, Senior Engineer, Salt River Project

This session will be an interactive discussion between members on challenges specific to planning for renewables and carbon free initiatives. Each utility will present and be prepared to discuss two predetermined talking points: one focused on a solved problem, the other on an unsolved problem.

12:15 PM - 12:30 PM

Wrap Up + Planning for Fall

Share your thoughts on the forum and help to generate topics for future agendas.

Meet The Speakers

Martin Blagaich

Southern California Edison

Senior Advisor

Daniel Schaefer

Salt River Project

Senior Engineer

Mandip Samra

Burbank Water and Power

Power Resource Planning Manager
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Mandip has 17+ years of utility sector management experience. She has held various management positions at several Southern California utilities, including Anaheim Public Utilities, Pasadena Water and Power, Southern California Edison and Burbank Water and Power. Her expertise is in resource planning– specifically, contract negotiations, compliance and integrated resource planning. Stakeholder engagement is a vital component of her current and past positions and she works closely with the public in order to meet various compliance requirements in a least cost, best fit manner.

She has a BA in Economics from UCLA, a Master in Public Administration from the Maxwell School of Syracuse University and a Master in Urban Planning from the University of Southern California.

Michael Hopkins


Senior Manager, Price Risk & Resource Planning
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Mike has a Bachelor of Commerce from Queen’s University and 30 years in the energy industry. He has been with FortisBC for 21 years; he has worked in the Gas Supply group and is now focused on electric resource planning.

Robert Kaineg

Charles Rivers Associates

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Robert Kaineg is a principal in the Energy Practice at CRA. As an energy economist, he has worked as a consultant for more than seven years developing solutions for clients in the public and private sectors.

He supports clients’ strategy development and investment decisions through policy and market analysis, project evaluation, financial modeling, and market forecasting. Mr. Kaineg has worked closely with agencies within the German, Japanese, Mexican, Norwegian, and Ukrainian governments; leading US utilities and merchant power generators; and global companies iron and steel, fossil fuel, and mining industries.

In addition to his work in the US power and natural gas sectors, Mr. Kaineg has significant experience advising clients on the EU Emissions Trading Scheme and European power markets. He is part of the team that developed CRA’s German Power Market model, which was recently used to forecast how energy efficiency targets and changes in the generation mix will impact long term power and capacity prices in Germany, and the effects on the value of existing generating assets.

Mr. Kaineg has developed residential and urban energy efficiency projects, assessed clean energy investment opportunities, managed low-carbon project portfolios, and designed efficient systems for the implementation and monitoring of environmental projects. He has been responsible for managing project teams that provide detailed and accurate research and analysis to support investment decisions and policy development.

Leah Harrison

Salt River Project

Senior Historical Analyst
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Leah Harrison is a Senior Historical Analyst with Salt River Project’s Research Archives. A native Phoenician and former secondary history educator, Leah earned her Bachelor’s in History Education from the University of Arizona, and her Master’s Degree in Public History and a certificate in Scholarly Publishing from Arizona State University. As a historian with SRP, she analyzes the history of water and power in the valley.