Oct

26-27

Integrated Resource Planning (Oct 26-27)

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 the 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
Tamy Linver, Director, Strategic Planning, NW Natural

Program Location
NW Natural
220 NW 2nd Avenue
Portland, OR 97209

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 prior to registration.

Registration Option
Member: $349

Registration price increases $50 after October 12.
This program is only available to energy company members and includes comprehensive meeting materials and all food events.

For more information contact Christopher Lee at 971.255.4967.

Agenda

Monday, October 26th

1:00 PM – 1:30 PM
Introductions and Overview
Facilitator: Tamy Linver, Director, Strategic Planning, NW Natural
In this introductory roundtable discussion, each participant will share recent successes and challenges. This is a unique opportunity to discuss the similarities and differences between public and investor owned utilities, different utility segments and international constructs.

1:30 PM – 3:30 PM
Implications on Planning of the Clean Power Plan
Facilitator: Jimmy Lindsay, Analyst, Resource Planning, Portland General Electric
While the final rules have been released, there is still a lot of uncertainty surrounding the implementation of the Clean Power Plan. Following a presentation on how PGE will be incorporating the CPP in its 2016 IRP, this session will offer a roundtable discussion amongst participants on the Clean Power Plan and how is this impacting planning.

3:30 PM – 3:50 PM
Break

3:35 PM – 5:00 PM
Pathways to Deep Decarbonization
Facilitator: Tamy Linver, Director, Strategic Planning, NW Natural
Speakers: Amber Mahone, Director, Climate Policy Analysis, E3
Arne Olson, Partner, E3
E3 will discuss their white paper on decarbonization.
California has set a target to reduce GHG by 80% of 1990 levels by 2050. This creates a lot of uncertainty for the role of natural gas. E3 investigated this challenge and explored some pathways in a recent paper. This session will discuss their white paper on deep decarbonization of the pipeline and then provide participants with an opportunity to ask questions.

6:00 PM – 9:30 PM
Dinner
Davis Street Tavern
500 NW Davis St.
Portland, OR 97209

Tuesday, October 27th

8:00 AM – 8:30 AM
Recap and Review, Planning for IRP forum Spring 2016
Facilitator: Tamy Linver, Director, Strategic Planning, NW Natural
A recap of the previous days discussion and a look forward at topics and leadership for the Spring 2016 meeting.

8:30 AM – 10:15 AM
Intra-hour Modeling – Flexibility/Market
Facilitator: Kathy Lee, Resource Planning Specialist, BC Hydro
Speakers: Stan Williams, Public Utilities Specialist, Bonneville Power Administration
Scott Martin, Manager, Resource Planning, Pricing and Commodity Risk Management, Sacramento Municipal Utility District
This session will explore using sub-hourly modeling for planning purposes and the benefits and barriers. SMUD and BPA will open this session with a discussion about what each of their respective entities are doing and then this session will be opened up to a participant discussion.

10:15 AM – 10:30 AM
Break

10:30 AM – 12:15 PM
Storage Technology and Integration of Smart Grid
Facilitator: Franco Albi, Manager, Integrated Resource Planning, Portland General Electric
Speakers:
NW Natural storage technology – Keith White, Assistant to the CEO & Chief Strategic Officer, NW Natural
Battery Storage – Jacob Millan, Business Development, Tesla
PGE Smart Grid – John Sullivan, Director of Smart Meter Deployment Project, PGE
Traditional electric generation choices and issues are greatly different than they were just a few years ago. The proliferation of variable energy in quantities unimagined has created new challenges for resource planning and system operations. Innovations in technologies are advancing and have a considerable impact to integrated resource planning. This session will discuss energy storage options and how the Smart Grid enables increased integration.

12:15 PM – 12:30 PM
Closing Notes

12:30 PM
Forum Adjourns

Hotel + Travel

Embassy Suites Portland Downtown
319 SW Pine St
Portland, OR 97204
Phone: 503.279.9000

Please contact the hotel directly at 1-800-643-7892. Identify yourself as being with Western Energy Institute to receive a special rate of $219 single/double plus state and local taxes. This rate is guaranteed to October, 12, 2015 or until the WEI room block is full.

Meet The Speakers

Tamy Linver

NW Natural

Director, Strategic Planning

Kathy Lee

BC Hydro

Resource Planning Specialist

Franco Albi

Portland General Electric

John Sullivan

Portland General Electric

Director of Smart Meter Deployment Project
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John has over 30 years of experience in power plant construction, operation and maintenance as well as electrical transmission and distribution system design. He currently heads up PGE’s AMI/Smart Meter Project, where he is responsible for the deployment of the company’s 827K Smart Meters and the Sensus Flexnet 2 way communication system. The Smart Meter Project is a two year $155M capital Project. Previous positions include design engineer, construction engineer and project engineer, as well as various engineering management and consultant positions at companies such as Pacific Gas and Electric, Westinghouse, Pacific Engineering, WPPSS, TVA and Ontario Hydro.

John is the Past Chair and served on the Executive Board of the Oregon Joint Use Association (OJUA). He also chaired the Dispute Resolution Committee. John has served on the Planning Committee for the Western Energy Institute Joint Use Conf. He has represented the Joint Use Industry in both legal and regulatory proceedings in the State of Oregon. He served on both the LineSoft and ITRON users group Boards representing joint use interests in the development of engineering software applications. He has attended the University of Idaho Public Utility Executive Course, Willamette University Utility Management Certificate Program, the Program on Negotiation at Harvard Law School and has an under graduate degree from Washington State University and a graduate degree from University of Oregon. John is also involved in the community and has served as a volunteer in the Portland Public Schools and the Oregon Food Bank, as well as a past Board member of the Dougy Center for grieving children.

Jacob Millan

Tesla

Business Development

Keith White

NW Natural

Assistant to the CEO & Chief Strategic Officer

Amber Mahone

E3

Director, Climate Policy Analysis

Arne Olson

E3

Partner

Stan Williams

Bonneville Power Administration

Public Utilities Specialist

Scott Martin

Sacramento Municipal Utility District

Manager, Resource Planning, Pricing and Commodity Risk Management

Tamy Linver

NW Natural

Director, Strategic Planning

Philip Popoff

Puget Sound Energy

Manager, Integrated Resource Planning

Amber Mahone

E3

Director, Climate Policy Analysis

Arne Olson

E3

Partner

Kathy Lee

BC Hydro

Resource Planning Specialist

Stan Williams

Bonneville Power Administration

Public Utilities Specialist

Scott Martin

Sacramento Municipal Utility District

Manager, Resource Planning, Pricing and Commodity Risk Management

Franco Albi

Portland General Electric

Manager, Integrated Resource Planning

Keith White

NW Natural

Assistant to the CEO & Chief Strategic Officer

Jacob Millan

Tesla

Business Development

John Sullivan

PGE

Director of Smart Meter Deployment Project

Shanna Brownstein

NW Natural

Manager, Government & Community Affairs
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Shanna focuses on the nexus between energy usage and climate change. She is most interested in helping utilities evolve so they can serve customers in a carbon-constrained world. In addition to her position at NW Natural, Shanna founded WISE, serves as the chair of the Oregon Caucus for the NW Energy Coalition, and is board vice-chair of Harper’s Playground.

Shanna excels at connecting with people and enjoys collaboration and team work. She has traveled extensively throughout the world and works well in diverse cultures.

Shanna earned her Masters in Public Administration from Columbia University and her Bachelor of Arts from Colby College.

Jimmy Lindsay

Portland General Electric

Analyst, Resource Planning