WLRA Spring 2019 Meeting and Conference

Conference Information

Our friends at Austin Energy are proud to host the Spring 2019 Western Load Research Association (WLRA) meeting and conference is in Austin, Texas, April 24-26, 2019.


The Spring 2018 WLRA meeting and conference will be at the Double Tree by Hilton Hotel Austin:

The Double Tree by Hilton Hotel
6505 N Interstate 35
Austin, TX 78752
(512) 454-3737

Conference Registration

Please register by Friday, April 19. Conference registration is $600. Conference registration and payment can be completed here on LoadResearchOnline. If you need to pay by check, make it payable to ‘Austin Energy’ and select the “Pay by Check” payment option during your registration. You can mail your check to:

Austin Energy Finance
Attn: Jose D. Lara
721 Barton Springs Road
Austin, Texas 78704-1145

Hotel Reservations

Make your hotel reservations soon to get the best room rate from their standard rates, which are currently around $165 (plus taxes, not including a corporate discount of about 5% which can be applied using the code: 0560018601) 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 (512) 454-3737 and refer to Group Code WLRA


The Double Tree by Hilton Hotel provides complimentary wi-fi to conference attendees in guest rooms and in our conference meeting rooms.


The distance from the Austin Bergstrom International Airport to the Double Tree by Hilton Hotel is 12 miles. The Double Tree offers overnight parking for $15.

Group Activity

A group dinner at a local Tex-Mex Hawaiian restaurant as well as a tour of Texas State History Museum are planned for the afternoon of Thursday, April 25th

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, April 19.

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 Josh Mondragon directly.

Vendor Reception

As with previous WLRA conferences, the Austin conference will have a vendor reception hosted by our attending industry vendors. The reception will be held in the evening on Wednesday, April 24. 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

WLRA Co-chair:

Josh Mondragon
(619) 972-7341

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 2019 Spring Conference Registration$600.00
Location Double Tree by Hilton Hotel Austin
6505 N Interstate 35
Austin TX 78752
(512) 454-3737
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