The Energy Policy Act of 1992 (P.L. 102-486) required utilities such as Douglas PUD to consider implementing integrated resource planning (IRP). Integrated resource planning is a planning process for new energy resources that evaluates the full range of alternatives, including generation capacity, power purchases, energy conservation, energy efficiency and renewable energy resources in order to provide adequate and reliable service to customers at the lowest system cost.
In November of 1992, Commissioners instructed Douglas PUD to investigate power resource options in an effort to strategically plan for and meet the growing energy needs of customers. Douglas PUD called for the services of Bechtel Corporation to assist with the investigation of its resource options. Commissioners subsequently adopted an Integrated Resource Planning Study, known as the 1995 Resource Plan, which outlined the Douglas PUD’s energy resources and anticipated loads and developed an action plan for the District.
In November of 2002, Douglas PUD Commissioners adopted the 2002 Update to the IRP Study, known as the 2002 Update. The 2002 Update stated that Douglas PUD intends to review and update its resource plan approximately every five years or when a material change in conditions warrants a review.
In December of 2007, Douglas PUD Commissioners adopted the 2007 Update to the IRP Study. The 2007 Update details Douglas PUD’s application of the 2002 action plan, summarizes current resources and expected loads through 2018 and updates the action plan for the future.
In December 2012, Douglas PUD Commissioners adopted the 2012 Update to the IRP Study. The 2012 Update details Douglas PUD’s application of the 2007 action plan, summarizes current resources and expected loads, and updates the action plan for the future.