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Western Load Research Association
Spring 2007 Meeting & Conference
March 14-16, 2007
Ketchum, Idaho

Conference Announcement and Call for Papers

Our friends at Idaho Power are proud to host the Spring 2007 Western Load Research Association meeting and conference at The Sun Valley Inn in Ketchum, Idaho on March 14 - 16, 2007. Presentations at the conference will illustrate 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.

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.

If you intend to make a presentation, please fill out the "Call for Papers" form and send to Kari Clark, WLRA Co-Chair (, fax (303) 294-2289).

Please send in your abstract today!!

How to Register

Registration (and payment) can be completed online at:
by sending the registration form to Mary Graesch at Idaho Power.


Registration is $365.00. Please register by February 23, 2007. Make checks payable to Idaho Power.

Download a Registration Form

Hotel Reservations:

Rooms are available starting at $147.00 per night for a hotel room (Click here for more detailed information). Please make hotel reservations before January 27, 2007 to secure the conference rate.

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

Sun Valley Reservations
P.O. Box 10
Sun Valley, Idaho, 83353
800-786-8259 (reference "POW")

Vendor Reception:

Load research vendors will sponsor a tabletop seminar and reception on Thursday, March 15th, 5:30pm - 7:30pm. Vendors who would like to participate should contact Dave Hanna of Itron at (858) 724-2620 or

Special Evening Event:

This special evening group dinner event will be held on Wednesday, March 14th from 6:30pm - 10:00pm. This event is a wonderful dinner at the gorgeous new Dollar Mountain Lodge featuring Idaho and Basque-themed cuisine. Registrations made after February 23rd, 2007, will be provided on a space available basis.

If you wish to bring a spouse, friend or family member to the event, the amount will be $60. Please notify Mary Graesch as soon as possible if you intend to do so.

For additional information, please contact:

Mary Graesch at 208-388-2835 or
Idaho Power
1221 W. Idaho Street
Boise, ID 83702

WLRA Co-Chairs:
Kari Clark 303-294-2305

Kelly Marrin 626-302-4877