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Goals set for future energy plan; public survey now open   

  by  Amy T.  on  10/17/2019

Electric Transmission linesWork on our Electric and Natural Gas Integrated Resource Plans (IRPs) continues as planning goals were established thanks to public input.

The Electric and Natural Gas IRPs will consider many views of the future to help determine how we will best meet our Energy Vision. They are especially important in determining how we will invest in energy production resources and our commitment to meet the future energy needs of the community for the next 30 years.

Yesterday, our Utilities Board approved the plans’ goals, reference cases, inputs and sensitives. The following goals are mapped to our Energy Vision.

Resilient and reliable

  • Industry leading reliability and resiliency while avoiding potential stranded assets
  • Support economic growth of the region​.

Cost-effective energy

  • Maintain competitive and affordable rates​.
  • Further advance energy efficiency and demand response​.

Environmentally sustainable​

  • Grow renewable portfolio​.
  • Timeline for decommissioning assets.

Reduces utility’s carbon footprint​

  • Meet all environmental regulations with specific metrics that include reducing utility’s carbon footprint​.
  • Reduce reliance on fossil fuels​.

Uses proven state-of-the-art technologies​

  • Proactively and responsibly integrate new technologies.

"We really appreciate the level of involvement we’ve had from the public thus far in the development of the IRPs,” said Phil Tunnah, chief officer of our System Planning & Projects Division. “We’ve received hundreds of comments from the public and had great engagement from a broad group of stakeholders, from residential to business customers.”

We are now asking for your input through a survey regarding these goals and their significance. The results from this open survey will be available in January 2020.

The final Electric and Natural Gas Integrated Resource Plans will be submitted to the Utilities Board next summer for approval.

 
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