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Integrated Resource Plan
Integrated Resource Planning
Preparing for Oregon's energy future
Integrated Resource Plan

Planning to make sure we can provide the safe, reliable and affordable electric power our customers need today, tomorrow and over the long term is a constant focus at PGE.

We call this process Integrated Resource Planning, and it’s guided by the Oregon Public Utility Commission with plenty of input from customer groups and other stakeholders.

To make sure we’re up to date, we issue a new Integrated Resource Plan every few years. We are working on our next plan now, and intend to file it with the OPUC in 2016.

IRP goals
Our goal is to provide you with the responsibly generated power you need, when you need it, in a constantly changing energy landscape. We’re always looking for the best combination of resources to balance long term power supply costs and risks for our customers.

How it works
We do this by evaluating the performance likely from different mixes of new and existing, commercially-available generating technologies under a variety of potential future scenarios.

Both supply & demand have roles
By “resources,” we mean supply (existing or new generating projects, or wholesale power market purchases) and demand (like energy efficiency or other ways to reduce the amount of power customers need or when they need it). Both are important to any electric utility planning process.

We conduct cost and risk analysis over a planning horizon of at least 20 years. Throughout the IRP process we share with customer groups, regulators and other stakeholders the results of our research, analysis and findings on anticipated resource requirements and alternatives for serving our customers’ future electricity needs.

2016 IRP
PGE’s 2016 IRP process started in early 2015. Analysis and outreach to customer and stakeholder groups will occur throughout 2015 with circulation of a draft plan targeted for 2016 before a final plan is filed with the OPUC.

The planning horizon is 2017 through 2036, so that we maintain a long view on our customers’ energy needs. But the action plan focuses on steps we’ll need to take and resources we’ll need to acquire in the near term: between 2017 to 2020. This lets us prepare for our customers’ needs while staying flexible as conditions and technologies change over the long run.

It’s also important to note that while we’re developing the 2016 IRP, PGE is implementing the action plan from the 2013 IRP acknowledged by the OPUC on December 2, 2014.

2016 IRP Stakeholder Meetings
April 2, 2015, Public Meeting 1

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