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.
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.
12:00 PM - 1:00 PM
Registration + Lunch
1:00 PM - 2:15 PM
Welcome + Introductions
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.
2:30 PM - 2:45 PM
2:45 PM - 3:20 PM
Demand Side Resource Optimization
3:20 PM - 3:30 PM
3:30 PM - 5:00 PM
Speaker(s): Arne Olson, Senior Partner, E3, Storage Developments, Director, E3
Our speaker 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
7:30 AM - 8:00 AM
8:00 AM - 9:00 AM
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 utility 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
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
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.
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.
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.