Integrated Resource Planning

Preparing for Oregon’s energy future

Our focus

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 and 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 Dec. 2, 2014.

2016 IRP stakeholder meetings

April 2, 2015, Public Meeting #1

July 6, 2015, Commission Workshop #1

July 15, 2015, Technical Workshop #1

July 16, 2015, Public Meeting #2

Aug. 13, 2015, Public Meeting #3

Sept. 25, 2015, Public Meeting #4

Dec. 17, 2015, Public Meeting #5

March 9, 2016, Roundtable #16-1

May 16, 2016, Roundtable #16-2

Aug. 17, 2016, Roundtable #16-3

Time: 9 a.m. – 3 p.m. PST
Place: 2 WTC Skybridge A&B
121 SW Salmon Street
Portland, OR 97204
Topics: Stakeholder Process; Resource Need Assessment; Scenario Analysis and Results; Draft Action Plan; Energy Storage Evaluation; Next Steps

Upcoming meetings

Nov. 16, 2016

Prior IRPs

2013 IRP

The 2013 IRP also analyzed our customers’ expected resource needs over a 20 year horizon, but focused on resource actions needed before 2018 — and incorporated actions already being implemented under the 2009 IRP.

The 2013 IRP also analyzed our customers’ expected resource needs over a 20 year horizon, but focused on resource actions needed before 2018 — and incorporated actions already being implemented under the 2009 IRP.

PGE held a series of public meetings and technical workshops in 2013 and 2014 to share our information with stakeholders and get their feedback.

On March 27, 2014, PGE filed the 2013 IRP with the OPUC. The filing built on the 2009 plan but called for no major new power plants in the near term beyond those under construction at the time.

PGE planned to continue to reduce customer demand through energy efficiency measures, peak-demand management, and overall system flexibility improvements. PDFs of the 2013 IRP and Appendices, plus information from stakeholder meetings, are available:

Prior IRP documents

2013 IRP and appendices

2013 IRP Stakeholder Meeting Presentations

Prior IRPs and updates (2002 to 2009) can be requested by email through IRP@pgn.com.