Integrated Resource Planning (Apr 29-30)

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)
  • Jeffrey Yockey, Manager, Resource Planning, Tucson Electric Power

    • Program Location
    • Tucson Electric Power Headquarters
    • 88 E. Broadway Blvd
      Tucson, Arizona 85701
    • 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: $399 USD

    Registration price increases $50 after April 9, 2019. 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.

  • 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.
  • For more information contact Joshua Baker, Program Manager at (971) 255-4970.


Monday, April 29, 2019

12:00 PM - 1:00 PM

Registration + Lunch

1:00 PM - 2:10 PM

Welcome + Introductions
Facilitator(s): Jeff Yockey, Manager, Resource Planning, Tucson Electric Power

Get to know the other attendees. Please be prepared to share key issues you are working on, or are interested in talking about during the forum.

2:10 PM - 2:20 PM


2:20 PM - 3:20 PM

Demand-Side Resource Optimization
Speaker(s): Mark Bielecki, Associate Director, Navigant Consulting, Inc.

Navigant will join us to present and lead our group on a conversation around demand-side resource optimization.

3:20 PM - 3:30 PM


3:30 PM - 5:00 PM

Storage Developments
Speaker(s): Arne Olson, Senior Partner, E3, Nick Schlag, Director, E3

E3 will share an update on recent energy storage developments, discuss how utilities and regulators are incorporating energy storage into their integrated resource planning, and touch base on what’s on the horizon for future developments and opportunities.

5:30 PM - 8:00 PM


Tuesday, April 30, 2019

7:30 AM - 8:00 AM


8:00 AM - 9:00 AM

Reliability Analysis
Speaker(s): Scott Martin, Director, Resource & New Business Strategy, Sacramento Municipal Utility District, Lee Alter, Senior Supply Side Planner, Tucson Electric Power

This session will explore how different utilities are developing and incorporating reliability analysis into their plans. We will discuss different approaches that utilities are taking regarding the deployment of high intermittency renewable resources, storage, and gas supply issues.

9:00 AM - 9:15 AM


9:15 AM - 10:15 AM

Stakeholder Engagement Feedback Processes
Speaker(s): Mandip Samra, Power Resource Planning Manager, Pasadena Water & Power

We will share different strategies and processes that utilities have rolled out to streamline and improve the stakeholder engagement process throughout the IRP development and approval stage.

10:15 AM - 10:30 AM


10:30 AM - 11:45 AM

Closing Roundtable
Facilitator(s): Jeff Yockey, Manager, Resource Planning, Tucson Electric Power

Ask any remaining questions that were not yet discussed and benefit from the wealth of knowledge and experience of the group.

11:45 AM - 12:00 PM

Wrap Up

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.

Hotel + Travel

  • Reservation Instructions
  • Please contact the hotel directly at (888) 236-2427 to reserve your room. Identify yourself as being with Western Energy Institute (WEI) to receive a special rate of $199 USD/night. This rate is guaranteed until April 9, 2019 or until the WEI room block is full.

Meet The Speakers

Arne Olson


Senior Partner

Mandip Samra

Pasadena Water & Power

Power Resource Planning Manager

Nick Schlag


Learn More

Nick Schlag provides technical leadership on projects involving resource planning and procurement for utilities and public agencies throughout western North America. He has managed some of E3’s highest-profile projects, including a study of gas-electric coordination in the Western Interconnection commissioned by the Western Interstate Energy Board as well as the Western Interconnection Flexibility Assessment, a collaboration with the National Renewable Energy Lab to investigate how high penetrations of renewables in the Western Interconnection would impact system operations.

Nick developed and maintains E3’s RPS Calculator, which the California Public Utilities Commission and other entities use to create and analyze renewables portfolios to meet the requirements of the state’s Renewables Portfolio Standard. He is currently leading E3’s work with the CPUC to implement an integrated resource planning framework in California.

Nick is excited to contribute to an intelligent transition to a cleaner, more sustainable grid. He enjoys exploring the challenges of planning and operating a grid with high renewable penetrations, mapping potential solutions, and developing new techniques for understanding an electric system that looks radically different from today’s. While his work is impressive, we are all even more impressed by his career with the San Francisco Bay Area Ultimate Frisbee team Revolver, three-time world champion.

Scott Martin

Sacramento Municipal Utility District

Director, Resource & New Business Strategy

Jeffrey Yockey

Tucson Electric Power

Manager, Resource Planning

Mark Bielecki

Navigant Consulting, Inc.

Associate Director
Learn More

Mark Bielecki is an associate director in Navigant’s Energy practice. He has ten years of experience in the energy industry, and currently holds lead managing roles for Navigant’s demand-side engagements with several utility clients. He has experience designing and evaluating customer programs, engaging with stakeholders, conducting technical field studies, and supporting utility clients to achieve compliance with regulatory directives. Mark has contributed project management, technical analysis, market research, and detailed reporting for a broad range of energy efficiency, demand response, and renewable energy projects.

Bielecki’s work has included engagements with utilities, private entities, and the Department of Energy. During his tenure with Navigant and prior graduate research experience with the National Renewable Energy Laboratory, he has developed a strong working knowledge of the challenges and opportunities related to the evolving market for distributed energy resources and demand-side load management. Bielecki is a member of Navigant’s engineering leadership team, where he helps facilitate idea sharing and innovative problem solving across Navigant’s technical staff.

Lee Alter

Tucson Electric Power

Senior Supply Side Planner