WLRA Spring 2020 Meeting and Conference – cancelled

Due to concerns about the Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19), this event has been cancelled. All who have paid via credit card will be refunded.

Conference Information

Our friends at BC Hydro are proud to host the Spring 2020 Western Load Research Association (WLRA) meeting and conference is in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada, April 6-8, 2020.


The Spring 2020 WLRA meeting and conference will be at the Hyatt Regency Vancouver:

Hyatt Regency Vancouver
655 Burrard Street
Vancouver, BC, V6C 2R7, CA
T: (604) 683-1234 F: (604) 639-4749

Conference Registration

Please register by Friday, March 27. Conference registration is $600 (USD). Conference registration and payment can be completed here on LoadResearchOnline. If you need to pay by check, please contact one of the WLRA co-chairs for instructions.

Hotel Reservations

Make your hotel reservations soon to get the best room rate from their standard rates, which are currently $235 (CAD) (plus taxes). This is approximately $180 (USD) based upon the current exchange rate. To get up-to-date exchange rates, use this link:


Reservations can be made online or by telephone:

Online Booking Instructions:

  1. Book online by clicking here which is the special link for our event
    – OR –
  2. Book by telephone at +1 (604) 683-1234 and refer to Group Code WLRA


The Hyatt has complimentary Wi-Fi among many other amenities.


The distance from the Vancouver International Airport to the Hyatt Regency Vancouver is 15 kilometers, or just under 10 miles. The Hyatt Regency offers overnight parking for $41.66 (CAD). Additional transportation and parking information can be found here

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: WLRASpring2020CallForPapers (docx file) and e-mail it to Josh Mondragon, WLRA Co-chair (see contact details below).  Please submit your form by Friday, March 27.

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 Vancouver conference will have a vendor reception hosted by our attending industry vendors. The reception will be held in the evening on Monday, April 6. As always, this is a great opportunity for attendees to catch up with colleagues, 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:

Paula Ham-Su
(224) 422-6732


  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 2020 Spring Conference Registration$600.00
Location Hyatt Regency Vancouver
655 Burrard Street
Vancouver BC V6C 2R7
+1 604 683 1234
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