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Western Load Research Association
Fall 2008 Meeting & Conference
September 24-26, 2008
Seattle, Washington

Conference Announcement and Call for Papers

Our friends at Puget Sound Energy are proud to host the Fall 2008 Western Load Research Association meeting and conference in lovely Seattle, Washington, September 24-26, 2008.

Renaissance Seattle Hotel
515 Madison Street
Seattle, Washington 98104

Please make your hotel reservations by Tuesday, August 26th to guarantee a room at the conference rate of $239 per night. You can call the hotel directly at 800-546-9184, be sure to identify yourself as being with the Puget Sound Energy Western Load Research Conference and use the group code of PSEPSEA.

Estimated taxi fare from SeaTac Airport to downtown is $35.00-$40.00 each way.

Conference registration is $450, please register by FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 5th. If paying by check, make checks payable to Puget Sound Energy.

Conference registration (and payment) can be completed online at: or by downloading sending the registration form to:

Puget Sound Energy
Attn: Lorin Molander, Rates & Regulatory Affairs
10885 NE 4th St., PSE-08N
Bellevue, WA 98004

Call for Papers:
Presentations at the conference will continue to demonstrate that load research is a great tool for dealing with the challenges of the modern electric utility industry, including restructuring (or "re-regulation"), demand response, or time-of-use programs. Papers and discussions can focus on innovative new technologies and methodologies or the traditional principles of statistical analysis.

WRLA will accept papers on any subject related to load research, including the role of load research in electricity procurement, least-cost sampling, new metering, end-use research, integrated resource planning, program evaluation, load profiling, innovative rate design, and marketing support.

In order for the members to stay current on load research, presentations should involve current projects, even if the final results are not yet compiled. Useful applications are especially encouraged.

WLRA is continuing to expand utility involvement, and special priority consideration will be given to utilities wishing to make presentations on these topics. The continued success of the WLRA Conference depends on participation from utility members. It is for this reason that utility presentations are particularly encouraged, but utility-vendor partnership presentations are also welcomed, and vendor presentations will be considered.

Presentations need not be extravagant and a presentation can be as short as fifteen (15) minutes.

How to Submit:
If you would like to make a presentation, please fill out the "Call for Papers" form and email to Mary Graesch, WLRA Co-Chair (, fax (208) 388-6647).

Expanded Roundtable Discussions
The Fall Conference will continue to feature expanded roundtable discussions. If there are topics you would like discuss during the roundtables, please make sure to note them on your Conference Registration Form.

Vendor Reception
Energy Insights will host the Vendor Reception on Wednesday, September 24th, 5:30pm - 7:30pm. Vendors who would like to participate should contact WLRA Co-Chair and Energy Insights Analyst Kelly Marrin.

Special Evening Dinner Event - Evening Cruise and Salmon Bake
This Fall's special group event will include a beautiful cruise of the Puget Sound to the Tillicum Village for a salmon dinner and an evening performance. It will be held on Thursday, September 25th and we will leave from a pier about 8 blocks from our hotel (walking distance). Additional guests may attend for $73.00.

For additional information, please contact
Puget Sound Energy Conference Host:
Lorin Molander 425-456-2103

WLRA Co-Chairs:
Mary Graesch 208-388-2835

Kelly Marrin 909-210-0797