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Western Load Research Association
Spring 2010 Meeting & Conference
March 17-19,2010
Park City, Utah

Conference Announcement and Call for Papers

Our friends at Rocky Mountain Power are proud to host the Spring 2010 Western Load Research Association meeting and conference in beautiful Park City, Utah, March 17 - 19.

The Yarrow
Resort Hotel & Conference Center

1800 Park Ave.
Park City, Utah 84060

You must make your hotel reservations by February 16, 2010 to guarantee room availability and to secure the conference rate of $159 per night. The easiest method to make your hotel reservation is to use the online link, . If you use the Hotel's normal web site, make your reservation under the Group Reservation tab and be sure to use the code WLRA to the get the special conference rate. The conference rate is available 3 days before and after the conference dates.

Ground transportation is available from the airport to Park City from All Resort Express and Park City Transportation. Both offer shared-ride van shuttle service from the airport to your hotel, limousine service and car rentals. Book your transportation through the hotel either online or by telephone.

Please register by February 26, 2010. Conference registration is $425. If paying by check, make checks payable to Rocky Mountain Power.

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

Attn: Attn: Perry Wohlschlegel 1407 W. North Temple (Suite 290)
Salt Lake City, UT 84116

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, and dynamic and time-of-use pricing 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 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 Spring 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
The vendor coordinator for this meeting will beGlobal Energy Partners. Vendors who would like to participate should contact WLRA Co-Chair Craig Williamson (information below).

Special Evening Dinner Event -
This Spring's special group event will be a sleigh ride and dinner. Additional guest tickets may be purchased for $75.

For additional information, please contact
Rocky Mountain Power Conference Hosts:
Perry Wohlschlegel

Joe Ahlberg

WLRA Co-Chairs:
Craig Williamson

Lorin Molander