WLRA Spring 2018 Meeting and Conference

Conference Information

Our friends at San Diego Gas and Electric Co. (SDG&E) are proud to host the Spring 2018 Western Load Research Association (WLRA) meeting and conference in San Diego, California, April 18-20, 2018.


The Spring 2018 WLRA meeting and conference will be at the Hotel Indigo in the San Diego Gaslamp Quarter:

Hotel Indigo
509 9th Ave
San Diego CA 92101
(619) 727-4000

Conference Registration

Please register by Friday, March 30. Conference registration is $600. Conference registration and payment can be completed here or by sending the registration form found at this Link (docx file) and check (payable to San Diego Gas and Electric Co.) to:

San Diego Gas and Electric Co.
Attn: Leslie Willoughby
8306 Century Park Ct CP42F
San Diego CA 92123-1530

Hotel Reservations

You must make your hotel reservations by Sunday, March 18 to guarantee room availability and to secure the conference rate of $209 (plus taxes) per night for a Standard Room. Reservations can be made online or by telephone:

Online Booking Instructions:

  1. Book online by clicking here 
    – OR –
  2. Book by telephone at (866) 384-3015 and refer to Group Code WLR


Hotel Indigo provides complimentary wi-fi to conference attendees in guest rooms and in our conference meeting rooms.


The distance from San Diego International Airport to the Hotel Indigo is 4 miles. (Map Link) Hotel Indigo offers day-use parking at $20 per day and overnight valet parking for $47 per day.

Special Event: Tour of SDG&E’s 120 MWh Battery Storage Facility and Dinner

SDG&E is pleased to announce that the conference will include a tour of SDG&E 120 MWh lithium-ion battery storage in Escondido, one of the largest in the world. Following the tour, conference attendees and their guests will enjoy dinner at the Stone Brewing World Bistro and Gardens. The tour and dinner will be on Thursday, April 19. The cost of dinner is included in the conference registration fee; guests of attendees can pay $75 to cover the meal and transportation to and from Escondido.

SDG&E’s Escondido Battery Energy Storage Facility:

Photo courtesy of San Diego Gas and Electric Co.

Call for Papers

Presentations at the conference will continue to demonstrate that load research and load forecasting are great tools for dealing with the newer challenges of the modern electric utility industry.  This includes smart grid implementations, distributed energy resources, demand response, renewable energy, dynamic pricing programs, time-of-use rates, as well as traditional regulatory needs.   Papers and discussions can focus on innovative new technologies and methodologies or the traditional principles of statistical analysis.

WLRA will accept papers on any subject related to load research or load forecasting, including but not limited to, least-cost sampling, end-use research, integrated resource planning, program evaluation, load profiling, innovative rate design, energy efficiency measures, and peak-demand forecasts.

WLRA is continuing to emphasize utility involvement, and special priority consideration will be given to utilities wishing to make presentations. The continued success of the WLRA conferences 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 don’t need to be extravagant and can be as short as fifteen minutes in duration.

If you would like to make a presentation, please fill out the “Call for Papers” form found here: Link (docx file) and e-mail it to Candice Potter, WLRA Co-chair (see contact details below).  Please submit your form by Friday, March 30.

Roundtable Discussions

The Spring Conference will continue to feature roundtable discussions. If there are topics you would like to discuss during the roundtables, please make sure to note them on your Conference Registration Form or contact Joel Clark directly.

Vendor Reception

As with previous WLRA conferences, the San Diego conference will have a vendor reception hosted by our attending industry vendors. The reception will be held in the evening on Wednesday, April 18. As always, this is a great opportunity for attendees to catch up with colleagues from across the west, network with new providers and experts, and enjoy drinks and hors d’oeuvres.

Contact Information

Conference Host:

Leslie Willoughby
(858) 654-1262

WLRA Co-chair:

Joel Clark
(208) 388-5431

WLRA Co-chair:

Candice Potter
(415) 369-1194


  1. The Western Load Research Association does not maintain a bank account.  All funds are handled by the host company.
  2. Credit Card payments are collected by Load Research Online’s parent company NicNat Networks. Your credit card statement will show that your payment was to NICNAT NET or NICNAT NETWORKS LLC.  In order to avoid delays with the payment processing, please make sure to authorize your payment to NicNat Networks.
  3. Credit Card payment processing is handled through PayPal.  You do not need a PayPal account to pay using this option.
  4. A nominal surcharge is added on to the conference registration fee to cover the cost of credit card transactions. It does not apply to registrations paid by check.


WLRA 2018 Spring Conference Registration$600.00
Extra Guest Event Registration$75.00
Location Hotel Indigo San Diego-Gaslamp Quarter
509 9th Avenue
San Diego CA 92101
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Hosted By San Diego Gas & Electric
8306 Century Park Court
CA San Diego 92123

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