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Western Load Research Association
Fall 2009 Meeting & Conference
September 23-25, 2009
San Diego, California

Conference Announcement and Call for Papers

Our friends at San Diego Gas & Electric are proud to host the Fall 2009 Western Load Research Association meeting and conference in lovely San Diego, California, September 23-25, 2009.

401 K Street
San Diego, CA 92101

You must make your hotel reservations by Friday, August 21, 2009 to guarantee a room at the conference rate of $179 per night (single occupancy) or $199 per night (double occupancy).
Room reservations may be made online at:

You can also book your room by telephone, 1-800-HILTONS, using the rate code "WRL" (please note that the letters of our acronym are inverted).

The conference rate is available from three days prior to the conference through three days after the conference.

Estimated taxi fare from the airport to downtown is $15.

Please register by SEPTEMBER 4, 2009. Conference registration is $425. If paying by check, make checks payable to San Diego Das & Electric.

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

Attn: Mary Lassiter & Megan Gannon
8306 Century Park Ct CP42F
San Diego, CA 92123-1530

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"), AMI and SmartGrid support, energy efficiency, 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, forecasting, innovative rate design, and engineering 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. Practical 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.

If you would like to make a presentation, please fill out the attached "Call for Papers" form and email to WLRA Co-Chair Lorin Molander (, fax (425) 462-3414).

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
This vendor host for this meeting is Itron. Vendors who would like to participate should contact WLRA Co-Chair Mary Graesch.

Special Evening Dinner Event -
This Fall's special group wvent will include a dinner cruise on San Deigo Bay. Additional guest tickets may be purchased for $70.

For additional information, please contact
San Diego Gas & Electric Conference Host:
Candice Churchwell 858-636-5561

WLRA Co-Chairs:
Lorin Molander 425-456-2103
Mary Graesch 208-388-2835