The IRP analysis integrates demand-side and supply-side resources to meet the growing energy needs of PSE’s customers at the lowest reasonable cost. The 2021 IRP will implement new rules from the Clean Energy Transformation Act (CETA), signed into law in May 2019. The 2021 IRP will outline PSE’s plans to eliminate coal from its electric resource portfolio by 2026 and transition to greenhouse gas neutral generation by 2030 and carbon free generation by 2045.
The 2021 IRP time horizon is from 2022 to 2045.
The IRP process is divided into six cyclical steps: 1. Establish Resource Needs; 2. Planning Assumptions & Resource Alternatives; 3. Analyze Alternatives & Portfolios; 4. Analyze Results; 5. Develop Resource Plan; and 6. 10-year Clean Energy Action Plan.
For the 2021 IRP, PSE has developed a list of topics that will be covered at specific points throughout the process as they relate to a specific IRP process step.
- Generic Resource Assumptions
- Social Cost of Carbon
- Upstream Emissions
- Transmission Constraints
- Electric Price Forecast
- Natural Gas Price Forecast
- Clean Energy Transformation Act requirements
- Demand Side Resources
- Natural Gas Portfolio Modeling
- Demand Forecast
- Wholesale Market Risk
- Portfolio Sensitivities
- Resource Adequacy
To see when each topic will be discussed, please visit the “Get Involved” page to learn more about how these topics fit into the 2021 IRP.
PSE filed the 2021 IRP Work Plan with the Washington Utilities and Transportation Commission on April 1, 2020. The Public Participation Plan is included as an Appendix. Any updates and revisions will be posted on this page.
- 2021 IRP Work Plan cover letter dated April 1, 2020
- 2021 IRP Work Plan dated April 1, 2020
- Appendix A: Public Participation Plan dated April 1, 2020
- Updates to Appendix A cover letter dated May 15, 2020
- Appendix A Table 3 update dated May 15, 2020
- Updates to Appendix A cover letter dated July 8, 2020
- Appendix A Table 3 update dated July 8, 2020
- Updates to Appendix A cover letter dated September 17, 2020
- Appendix A Table 3 update dated September 17, 2020
Integrated resource planning and delivery system planning
Delivery system planning (DSP) is the engineering function of evaluating how PSE's energy delivery system must operate in order to meet customer needs and identifies solutions in order to ensure reliable delivery of energy into the future.
The IRP and DSP processes use some of the same core information, just in different ways.