Integrated Resource Planning – Virtual (Jun 05)

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)
  • Chris Sandve, Chief Regulatory Officer and Director, Policy and Engagement, BC Hydro

    • 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
  • Due to contractual obligations, cancellations received 15 business days prior to the program will receive a full refund. Cancellations received 6 to 14 business days prior to the event will receive a refund, less a $100 administrative fee. No shows and last minute cancellations, 5 business days prior to the event or less, will be responsible for the full registration fee. Substitutions from your organization for the same event are always welcome.
  • 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 Marco Henkel, Program Manager at (971) 393-3250.


All session times are listed in Pacific time.

Wednesday, June 5, 2024

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 - 9:15 AM

Welcome + Introductions

9:15 AM - 10:30 AM

Successes + Challenges Roundtable

The IRP Successes + Challenges Roundtable will provide a platform for stakeholders to reflect on both accomplishments and obstacles within Integrated Resource Planning (IRP). Participants will engage in an open dialogue, sharing successes achieved in meeting energy demands sustainably and efficiently while also addressing challenges encountered along the way. The roundtable will foster valuable exchange, offering insights into overcoming hurdles and capitalizing on opportunities to drive future progress in IRP initiatives.

10:30 AM - 11:45 AM

Evolving Resource Adequacy Standards and Metrics
Speaker(s): Ron Klawitter, Analyst, Salt River Project, Paul Klapka, Senior Advisor - SCE, Southern California Edison

Explore regional perspectives on capacity resource adequacy and engage with attendees during the ensuing roundtable.

11:45 AM - 12:30 PM

Lunch Break

12:30 PM - 1:30 PM

Weather Based Modeling Overview + Roundtable
Speaker(s): Alexander Pusch, Specialist, Southern California Edison

This discussion will underscore the importance of spatial, weather, and climate diversity in modeling frameworks, and showcase the significance of inclusive and adaptable strategies in addressing weather-related challenges in energy planning and management.

1:30 PM - 2:30 PM

Internal IRP Communication Strategies

The focus of IRP communication centers on fostering increased engagement with operations, ensuring a seamless fit of each resource within the resource puzzle. Lessons learned from real-time operations, particularly with renewables and batteries, highlighting the importance of aligning planning strategies with practical implementation. This session will emphasize the necessity of effective communication and coordination between planning and operational teams to optimize resource integration and enhance system reliability.

2:30PM - 2:45PM

Afternoon Break

2:45 PM - 3:30 PM

Using Artificial Intelligence within the IRP Process
Speaker(s): Gregory Brunkhorst, Data Analyst, Principal, Tacoma Public Utilities

The session will explore AI in IRP, highlighting use case examples, utility experiences, and AI integration into modeling frameworks.

3:30 PM - 4:00 PM

Open Roundtable Discussion
Facilitator(s): Chris Sandve, Chief Regulatory Officer & Director, Policy and Engagement, BC Hydro

The open roundtable could cover several significant topics, including incorporating equity in IRP by addressing concerns of disadvantaged communities, highly impacted communities, and tribal interests. Another key discussion could revolve around the utilization of open-source data, tools, and software in IRP, promoting transparency and collaboration. Environmental justice implementation is another critical area for discussion, exploring ways to ensure fairness and inclusivity in energy planning processes. Additionally, smart meter programs could be examined, focusing on their role in enhancing efficiency and equity within energy systems.

4:00 PM - 4:00 PM

Closing Remarks - Forum Ends

Meet The Speakers

Chris Sandve

BC Hydro

Chief Regulatory Officer & Director, Policy and Engagement

Gregory Brunkhorst

Tacoma Public Utilities

Data Analyst, Principal

Ron Klawitter

Salt River Project


Paul Klapka

Southern California Edison

Senior Advisor - SCE

Alexander Pusch

Southern California Edison