IRP Best Practices Summit

IRP Best Practices Summit

May 1-2, 2024 | Burbank, CA ::

“We often find ourselves hearing and reading material that only confirms our exacting views. EUCI brings together the experience and emerging approaches of industry leaders from around the world. Much of the value of these presentations stems from discovering what we did not know.” – Division Director, NW Power and Conservation Council

“Excellent agenda, and list of speakers. Right on target with issues I’m dealing with right now.” –  Manager of Resource Planning, Puget Sound Energy

 “A great overview from a wide cross-section of industry experts.”  – Energy Resource Analyst, EWEB

“This is a perfect forum to share, learn and take home a better/broader understanding of the issues facing our industry.”  Director – Energy Supply Planning, Northwestern Energy

“Outstanding survey of topics for planners…” – Resource Planner/Economist, Central Minnesota Municipal Power Agency

“Conference had solid content with engaging speakers discussing timely issues.  Good opportunity to discover a common set of shared concerns from other planning groups, and to get some fresh ideas about how to tackle these challenging issues.” Senior Manager – Capacity Planning, TVA

“Well organized with relevant topics.  Learned some new perspectives and approaches to resource planning.” – Director, Black & Veatch

“Great speakers and excellent topics that are the current hot topics at most utilities.” Senior Engineer, APS

“EUCI has once again brought together an excellent team of industry experts to deliver a very informative and wide-ranging look on the IRP planning process.”  Head – Generation Special Projects, Jamaica Public Service Co

“An excellent forum to hear about and discuss the current and key resource planning issues facing the utility world.” Director of Resource Planning, BC Hydro

“I enjoyed the conference.  It was relevant.” Manager – Market Research & Analysis, Vectren

“Well organized and well-run conference with a good cross-section of presenters representing their approaches on how to develop a thorough and defendable IRP.” Supervisor – Strategic Transmission Analysis, Madison Gas & Electric

“The program included many high-quality presenters addressing the pressing issues of the day for utility planners.” Director of Integrated Resource Planning, AEP

“I benefitted from attending this summit in multiple ways: namely, high quality speakers, content and topics that are current and relevant, and high value networking.”  Senior Project Manager, Southern California Edison (SCE)

“This IRP conference was well executed; I learned a lot about the IRP process and how structural change in the markets are shaping the ways that IRPs are developed.” Director, Ascend Analytics

“This conference was very relevant.  I will come again.” Director – Research & Energy Technologies, Vectren

“EUCI does a super job of keeping streamlined conference experience with rich content; will be attending more conferences in the future.” Senior Analyst, ScottMadden

“A great mix of topics and extensive industry knowledge.”  Principal, Cadmus

“Excellent conference with top-level attendees from various companies and all regions of the country.”  Director – Strategy & Planning, PSEG Long Island

“EUCI’s IRP agenda is morphing with the industry.” Senior Project Manager – Integrated Resource Planning, Southern California Edison

“Excellent quality presenters!  I got out of this what I had hoped and more.”  Research Engineer, Pacific Northwest National Laboratory (PNNL)

“Extremely educational and accessible – well organized!” Project Manager, Portland General Electric

“Excellent conference featuring coast-to-coast perspectives an.” d approaches to complex challenges and opportunities.” Solutions Specialist, Atonix Digital

“Outstanding group of speakers!  Informative and thought-provoking.” Resource Planning Manager, American Electric Power (AEP)

“EUCI provided great insight and genuine perspective.”  Program Manager, MHPA

“Very insightful on how companies are dealing with all the industry change.” Principal, Cadmus Group

“Valuable insights on the evolving topics of battery storage, integrated generation/transmission/distribution planning and others.” Director – Corporate Analytics

“There was great discussion and real-world applications.  Very helpful content and networking opportunities.” Senior Market Analyst, NextERA Energy

“A very informative and comprehensive conference.” Senior Advisor, Capital Power

“Very timely topics that are relevant to my work.”  Manager – U.S. Electricity Markets, World Resources Institute (WRI)

“There was something for everyone to learn at the EUCI IRP Summit, no matter what area of the energy industry you come from.” Utilities Analyst, Idaho Public Utilities Commission

“Good balance of breadth, depth, and industry representation.  Excellent moderation.”  Senior Supply Side Planner – Resource Planning, Tucson Electric Power

“Great content, topics, speakers and organization.”  Energy Exemplar

This program – designed by integrated resource planners for integrated resource planners – will explore the new IRP paradigm.  Leading utility, power resource planning professionals and related industry experts will address the key elements associated with emerging operational issues, such as:

  • Environmental mandates
  • Variable energy resources
  • Regulatory policies
  • Modeling around uncertainty

The conference will blend presentations from utilities, state regulatory staff/commissioners, non-utility SMEs, service providers and other resource planning gurus from all over North America.  Case studies will provide a solid survey of “best practices” thinking and methodologies by a full range of utilities and subject matter experts, and feature panels will draw out collaborative concepts for further consideration and implementation.

Learning Outcomes

Attendees will gain practical skills and insights on how to:

  • Develop resource plans that incorporate the full palette of supply and demand options
  • Describe how IRP planners can analyze, model and incorporate DERs and storage in IRPs
  • Identify how to properly account for all variables when analyzing, modeling and planning portfolio decisions
  • Determine the value of portfolio flexibility for resource planning and market operations
  • Consider the range of inputs that future resource decisions should incorporate to map a pathway for attainment of carbon-free generation resource outcomes
  • Evaluate the portfolio effects of high penetration renewable energy resources in production cost models
  • Examine the preparation of IRP documentation with regulatory and stakeholder review and engagement in mind



Wednesday, May 1, 2024

8:00 – 8:30 a.m.
Registration & Continental Breakfast

12:15 – 1:15 p.m.
Group Luncheon

8:30 a.m. – 5:30 p.m.
Conference Timing

8:30 – 9:00 a.m. :: Overview and Introductions

9:00 – 10:30 a.m. :: Ensuring Resource Adequacy in a High Renewable Future

Developing a least-cost resource plan that can meet environmental goals while maintaining reliability is particularly challenging.  This session will examine modeling techniques and best practices to navigate these challenges.  A case study from Tri-State Generation & Transmission will present highlights of the co-op’s recent 2023 Electric Resource Plan in Colorado, which included developing planning reserve margins and effective load carrying capability (ELCC) curves as well as analyzing extreme weather sensitivities (high load, low renewable output, limited market purchases, etc.) to make sure it would meet Level I and Level II reliability metrics.

Brian Thompson, Resource Planning Manager, Tri-State Generation & Transmission

Norm Richardson, President, Anchor Power Solutions (a division of Yes Energy)

10:30 – 10:45 a.m. :: Morning Break

10:45 a.m.– 12:15 p.m. :: Hourly Matching of Clean Energy with Customer  Demand – How Much Is It Worth?

This session explores the strategy and methods of aligning clean energy supply with customer demand on an hourly basis. The discussion will focus on the impact of reducing carbon emissions in densely populated areas and the challenges and strategies involved in transitioning to an hourly carbon tracking system. 

Key takeaways: 

  • Planning hourly clean energy matching, including the use of hourly RECs, curtailments, and emergency backup from natural gas 
  • Predicting marginal carbon emissions with hourly matching

Lena Perkins, Manager – Emerging Technologies Manager & Senior Resource Planner, City of Palo Alto (CA) Utilities

Brandon Mauch, Director – Resource Planning Analytics, Ascend Analytics

12:15 – 1:15 p.m. :: Group Luncheon

1:15 – 2:45 p.m. :: IRP Stakeholder Engagement Dos and Don’ts

For utilities whose IRP practices and processes are available for public or regulatory review and comment, robust stakeholder engagement is now a requirement – not simply a PR gesture.  This segment is a case study of the elements and impressive outcome that such an engagement yielded for its sponsor, Burbank Water & Power, and will address:

  • Importance of the stakeholder process
  • How stakeholders were selected
  • How community meetings were set
  • How the stakeholder survey was selected
  • How the stakeholder scorecard was selected
  • Lessons learned

Mandip Kaur Samra, Assistant General Manager – Power Supply, Burbank Water & Power     

2:45 – 3:00 p.m. :: Afternoon Break

3:00 – 4:30 p.m. :: Assessing the Impacts on IRP of the Inflation Reduction Act

The Inflation Reduction Act (IRA) extends and expands tax credits for numerous clean energy projects and is re-shaping the power industry, from wholesale markets to resource planning to end-use consumption. The changes included in the act increase the opportunities for energy storage deployments as well as the complexity of decision-making for technology investments and project developments.  This panel will provide an overview of the IRA incentives and expected power market impacts on IRP best practices.

Panel Discussion

Moderator: Will McNamara, Energy Storage Policy Analyst, Sandia National Laboratories

4:30 – 5:30 p.m. :: EcoCampus Tour & Reception


Thursday, May 2, 2024

8:00 – 8:30 a.m.
Continental Breakfast

12:15 – 1:15 p.m.
Lunch Break

8:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.
Conference Timing


8:30 – 9:45 a.m. :: Is Integrated System Planning (ISP) a Realistic Approach to IRP?  

The fundamental elements of an IRP really haven’t changed since it was formulated more than half a century ago by vertically integrated utilities.  Or have they – given the shifts in grid architecture, generation resource options and the role of public discourse?  This segment will examine one IOU’s refresh to its traditional IRP, often referred to as ISP.  The case study will examine the broader, more holistic approach for optimizing infrastructure build decisions, considering generation, transmission, distribution, energy storage, electrification, energy markets and other conditions that have morphed over time. 

Phillip Popoff, Director – Resource Planning Analytics, Puget Sound Energy

10:00 – 10:15 a.m. :: Morning Break

10:15 – 11:30 a.m. :: Storage Modeling Best Practices

This segment will discuss the specific barriers that traditional resource planning practices create for energy storage and examine the degree to which utilities around the country are acknowledging those barriers and adapting their planning processes to more accurately value energy storage. It will provide an overview of emerging best practices in utility resource planning and policy efforts at the state level to facilitate the inclusion of energy storage in the electric grid.

11:30 a.m. – 12:15 p.m. :: Parsing Which Long Duration Storage Technologies Will Prevail

If there is such a thing as “the holy grail” for the power industry, it could well be long duration energy storage (LDES) – especially if solutions emerge allowing for energy to be efficiently stored for multiple hours up to weeks and months.  This panel will explore what LDES technologies are gaining momentum on the path to commercialization and how focused efforts across the industry are aligning to address the array of market challenges that persist. A discussion of recommendations to address challenges in economics and valuation, policymaking, and technology evaluation, all specific to LDES technologies, will be highlighted in this session.

Will McNamara, Energy Storage Policy Analyst, Sandia National Laboratories

12:15 – 1:15 p.m. :: Group Luncheon

1:15 – 2:45 p.m. :: Plugging EVs and Electrification Impacts into an IRP

This segment will be a case study as to how one electric utility is evaluating the surge of EVs and electrification into its grid. It will look at aspects such as:

  • Customer attributes
  • Vehicle attributes
  • Types of EVs
    • Light-duty (passenger sedans/SUVs and small pickups)
    • Medium- and heavy-duty trucks and buses
  • Identifying data sources
    • State DMV
    • Government
  • Developing local/regional sales dataset
  • Adoption/Diffusion curves for stock forecast
  • Typical diurnal charging profiles by class
  • Vehicle miles traveled (VMT)

Holt Bradshaw, Principal Consultant – Emerging Technologies, Siemens PTI

2:45 – 3:00 p.m. :: Afternoon Break

3:00 – 4:30 p.m. :: Addressing the Future of Gas-Powered Generation Resources

A decade ago, it was already well established that coal was no longer the king of future generation options. Wind was already firmly established and solar in its early stages of deployment at the grid scale. Even so, in many contexts gas-powered generation was seen as the solid bridge from the carbon-heavy past to the renewable powered future. In the intervening years the shift to a decarbonized grid has jolted that notion of gas as a popular, interim option. But certain regions of the country with less attractive renewable energy resource access or transmission infrastructure may find it more difficult to hit the aggressive benchmarks sought by policymakers. This segment will explore how one investor owned utility is tackling that thorny challenge in its IRP.

4:30 p.m. :: Summit Adjournment


Holt Bradshaw, Principal Consultant – Emerging Technologies, Siemens PTI

Brandon Mauch, Director – Resource Planning Analytics, Ascend Analytics

Will McNamara, Energy Storage Policy Analyst, Sandia National Laboratories

Lena Perkins, Manager – Emerging Technologies Manager & Senior Resource Planner, City of Palo Alto (CA) Utilities

Phillip Popoff, Director – Resource Planning Analytics, Puget Sound Energy

Norm Richardson, President, Anchor Power Solutions (a division of Yes Energy)

Mandip Kaur Samra, Assistant General Manager – Power Supply, Burbank Water & Power     

Brian Thompson, Resource Planning Manager, Tri-State Generation & Transmission


Burbank Water and Power

320 North Lake St
EcoCampus Auditorium

Nearby Hotels

Residence Inn by Marriott Los Angeles Burbank/Downtown
321 So. Ikea Way
Burbank, CA 91502
0.2 mile to event location


Hotel Burbank
150 East Angeleno Ave
Burbank, CA 91502
0.2 mile to event location


SpringHill Suites by Marriott Los Angeles Burbank/Downtown
549 So San Fernando Blvd
Burbank, CA 91502
0.3 mile to event location


Please Note: Confirmed speakers do not need to register and are encouraged to participate in all sessions of the event. If you are a speaker and have any questions please contact our offices at 1.303.770.8800


IRP Best Practices Summit

May 1-2, 2024 | Burbank, CA
Individual attendee(s) - $ 1695.00 each

Buy 4 in-person seats and only pay for 3! For this event every fourth in-person attendee is free!

Your registration may be transferred to a member of your organization up to 24 hours in advance of the event. Cancellations must be received on or before March 29, 2024 in order to be refunded and will be subject to a US $195.00 processing fee per registrant. No refunds will be made after this date. Cancellations received after this date will create a credit of the tuition (less processing fee) good toward any other EUCI event. This credit will be good for six months from the cancellation date. In the event of non-attendance, all registration fees will be forfeited. In case of conference cancellation, EUCIs liability is limited to refund of the event registration fee only. For more information regarding administrative policies, such as complaints and refunds, please contact our offices at 303-770-8800




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EUCI is authorized by IACET to offer 1.3 CEUs for the conference

Requirements For Successful Completion of Program

Participants must login/be in attendance for the entirety of the event to be eligible for continuing education credit.

Instructional Methods

Case studies and PowerPoint presentations will be used in this program.

Upon successful completion of this event, program participants interested in receiving CPE credits will receive a certificate of completion.

Conference CPE Credits: 15.0
There is no prerequisite for this event.
Program field of study: Specialized Knowledge
Program Level: Basic
Delivery Method: Group Live
Advanced Preparation: None

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Who Should Attend

  • Integrated resource planning
  • Resource adequacy planning
  • Strategic and long-range planning
  • Forecasting and analysis
  • Energy efficiency planning
  • Demand response planning
  • Generation and load planning
  • Transmission planning
  • Reliability planning
  • Intra-hour operations analysis and modeling
  • Renewable energy planning
  • Environmental and GHG planning
  • State regulatory and commission staff
  • Carbon/emissions management teams
  • Carbon/emissions market consultants and advisors
  • Environmental compliance groups
  • Regulatory affairs
  • Asset management
  • Financial analysis

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