In general, each customer must prepare and submit an IRP to WAPA that considers its electrical energy resource needs (905.11(b)). In order to satisfy the specific requirements of the regulation, the IRP must address the following questions. If WAPA concludes that the customer has satisfactorily answered the questions, and that the IRP is otherwise reasonable, WAPA should approve the IRP.
Note: The underlined requirements cited in the checklist can be found in the Energy Planning and Management Program. Click on the subpart in the table of contents to link to the requirement.
1. Does the IRP evaluate the full range of alternatives for new energy resources (905.11(a))?
- New generating capacity?
- Power purchases?
- Energy conservation and efficiency?
- Cogeneration and district heating/cooling applications?
- Renewable energy resources?
2. Does the IRP provide adequate and reliable service to the customer’s electric consumers (905.11(a))?
3. Does the IRP take into account the necessary features for system operation (905.11(a))?
- Other risk factors?
4. Does the IRP take into account the ability to verify energy savings achieved through energy efficiency (905.11(a))?
5. Does the IRP take into account the projected durability of such savings measured over time (905.11(a))?
6. Does the IRP treat demand and supply resources on a consistent and integrated basis (905.11(a))?
7. Does the IRP consider electrical energy resource needs? The IRP may, at the customer’s option, consider water, natural gas, and other energy resource options (905.11(b)).
8. Does the IRP identify and compare resource options? The customer must conduct an assessment and comparison of available existing and future supply and demand-side resource options based on its size, type, resource needs, geographic location and competitive situation. The options should relate to the customer’s unique resource situation as determined by profile data (service area, geographical characteristics, customer mix, historical loads, projected growth, existing system data, rates and financial information) (905.11(b)(1)).
- Supply-side options include, but are not limited to, purchased power contracts, and conventional and renewable generation options (905.11(b)(1)(i)).
- Demand-side options alter the customer’s use pattern to provide for an improved combination of energy services to the customer and ultimate consumer (905.11(b)(1)(ii)).
- Considerations that may be used to develop potential options include cost, market potential, consumer preferences, environmental impacts, demand or energy impacts, implementation issues, revenue impacts, and commercial availability (905.11(b)(1)(iii)).
9. Does the IRP clearly demonstrate that decisions were based on a reasonable analysis of the options (905.11(b)(1)(iv))?
10. Does the IRP include an action plan describing specific actions the customer will take to implement the IRP (905.11(b)(2))?
11. Does the IRP list the time period that the action plan covers (905.11(b)(2)(i))?
12. Does the IRP include an action plan summary consisting of (905.11(b)(2)(ii)(a-c):
- Actions the customer expects to take in accomplishing the goals identified in the IRP?
- Milestones to evaluate accomplishment of those actions during implementation?
- Estimated energy and capacity benefits for each action planned?
13. Does the IRP, to the extent practicable, minimize adverse environmental effects of new resource acquisitions and document these efforts (905.11(b)(3))?
14. Does the IRP include a qualitative analysis of environmental effects in a summary format (905.11(b)(3))?
15. Does the IRP provide ample opportunity for full public participation in preparing and developing the IRP (905.11(b)(4))?
16. Does the IRP include a brief description of public involvement activities (905.11(b)(4))?
- How the customer gathered information from the public?
- How public concerns were identified?
- How information was shared with the public?
- How public comments were responded to?
17. Does the IRP document that each MBA member approved the IRP, confirming that all requirements have been met (905.11(b)(4)(i))?
18. Does the IRP contain the signature of each MBA member’s responsible official, or document passage of an approval resolution by the appropriate governing body (905.11(b)(4)(i))?
19. Does the IRP contain a statement that the customer conducted load forecasting, including specific data (905.11(b)(5))?
20. Does the IRP contain a brief description of measurement strategies for identified options to determine whether the IRP’s objectives are being met (905.11(b)(6))?
21. Does the IRP identify a baseline from which the customer will measure the benefits of IRP implementation (905.11(b)(6))?
22. Does the IRP specify the responsibilities and participation levels of individual members of the MBA and the MBA (905.12(b)(2))?