The Western Load Research Association
The 1987 Spring meeting was hosted by Nevada Power Company in Las Vegas, Nevada. The meeting was chaired by Sheila Newman (Southern California Edison Company) and Marv Giddings (Public Service Company of Colorado), with 14 investor-owned utilities in attendance. Guests included representatives from the City of Anaheim and the Los Angeles Department of Water and Power, and consultants for Pacific Gas & Electric and Puget Sound Power & Light. This meeting was held jointly with the Western Region Electric Utility Forecasting Group (WREUFG). Utility status reports were given, and a total of 11 presentations were made on a variety of topics. It wasn't until the second day that the meeting was actually held jointly with WREUFG. Presentations were made relating to load research and forecasting, and a panel discussion was held with three member utilities to discuss combined efforts in load research and forecasting that were taking place at those utilities.
Topics included gas and water research, EPRI activities in load research and forecasting, price elasticity applications in a rate case, an appliance saturation survey, peak load forecasting, end-use energy trends, load research data for verifying transformer formulas, load shapes for renewable and alternative forms of energy, and sampling methods for load research.
The business section included the election of two new chairmen, Brad Simmons of San Diego Gas & Electric, and Bob Otten of Montana Power Company; the upcoming AEIC Fundamentals of Load Research Seminar to be held in Salt Lake City; and preparation for the Fall 1987 meeting to be hosted by Montana Power Company in Butte, Montana.
(Chronology from Fall 1984 through Spring 1987 provided by Sheila Newman, SCE)
The Fall, 1987 meeting was held in beautiful Butte, Montana. The host utility was Montana Power Company and the host member was Bob Otten. The meetings were held at the prestigious Copper King Inn across from the airport. There were a number of interesting presentations on the following topics: Effects of Wood Heating on Electric Consumption, Load Research as a Market Share Retention Tool, Montana Power's Experiences with Solid State Metering, and Residential Gas End-Use Study. Membership was also discussed at the Business meeting and it was concluded that it was good that we had members.