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.

Douglas PUD intends to review and update its resource plan approximately every five years or when a material change in conditions warrants a review. The IRP was updated in 2002, 2007, 2012, 2019 and 2024 to detail the application of the previous action plan and summarize current resources, expected loads and future action plans.

2024 Update to the IRP Study – March 2024