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Western Load Research Association
Spring 2005 Meeting & Conference
March 30 - April 1, 2005
Denver, Colorado

Conference Announcement and Call for Papers

Our friends at Xcel Energy in Denver, Colorado are proud to host the Spring 2005 Western Load Research Association meeting and conference at The Village at Breckenridge in Breckenridge, Colorado, March 30 - April 1, 2005. Presentations at the conference will capture the theme that load research is a great tool for dealing with the challenges of the modern electric utility industry, from restructuring (or "re-regulation"), demand response, to "Back-to-Basics." Papers and discussions will focus on combining innovative new technologies with the traditional principles of statistical analysis.

WLRA would like to continue to expand utility involvement. Special priority consideration will be given to utilities wishing to make presentations on these topics. Presentations need not be extravagant and the presentation can be as short as fifteen (15) minutes.

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. WLRA also encourages the participation by any and all people involved in load research or related fields. 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.

The continued success of the Western Load Research 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. We have already heard from several vendors wishing to participate in the Vendor hour at a minimum.

If you intend to make a presentation, please fill out the attached "Call for Papers" form and send to Bruce Ramsay, WLRA Co-Chair.

Please send in your abstract today!!

How to Register

Registration (and payment) can be completed online at:
by sending the registration form to Jim Ellinger at
Xcel Energy.


Registration is $395.00.

Please register by February 27, 2005
Make checks payable to Xcel Energy.

Hotel Reservations:

Make reservations before February 27, 2005. Rooms are available for $99.00 per night for a hotel room, $119 per night for a studio condo, $145 for a one-bedroom condos and $215 for a two-bedroom condo.

Reservations made after February 27th will be provided on a space available basis.

The Village at Breckenridge
535 South Park Avenue
Breckenridge, CO 80424
(reference "Western Load Research Conference",
Group Code BC3CXCL)


Van transportation from Denver International Airport is available through Colorado Mountain Express ( for $56 one-way. Rental cars are also available at the airport.

Vendor Reception:

Load research vendors will sponsor a tabletop seminar and reception on Wednesday 5:30pm-7:30pm, March 30th. All vendors can contact Craig Williamson (303) 385-0342, email, if you would like to participate.

Special Evening Event:

A special evening group event, to be held on Thursday, March 31st, will be a horse-drawn sleigh ride to a re-creation of an 1860's miner's camp, dinner in a rustic heated tent and show featuring the history of Breckenridge. Service will be provided by Nordic Sleigh Rides ( Transportation is provided from the hotel.

Alternate events are planned if there is not sufficient snow for the sleigh ride.

If you wish to bring a spouse, friend or family member to the event, the amount will be $73 each. Let Jim Ellinger know as soon as possible if you intend to do so.

For additional information, please contact:

Jim Ellinger 303-294-2144
Xcel Energy
1225 17th Street, Suite 1100
Denver, CO 80202

WLRA Co-Chairs:
Bruce Ramsay 780-420-7769
Dave Hanna 858-481-0081