In 2006, RCW 19.280 was adopted by the Washington State legislature. The statute requires investor-owned and consumer-owned electric utilities with more than 25,000 customers to develop Integrated Resource Plans (IRP) and progress reports. Among other things, IRPs must include a range of load forecasts, assessments of commercially-available, utility-scale renewable and nonrenewable generating technologies, a comparative evaluation of renewable and nonrenewable generating resources and conservation and efficiency resources and an assessment of methods for integrating renewable resources and addressing overgeneration events, if applicable.
In 2019, the passage of RCW 19.405: the Washington Clean Energy Transformation Act (CETA) added significant requirements to RCW 19.280. During the development of this IRP, the rulemaking for CETA is ongoing. Due to Chelan County PUD’s hydropower resources being surplus to its forecasted retail electric load throughout the planning period, the District does not anticipate the CETA requirements will have a significant impact on the District’s IRP development.
Utilities must produce progress reports reflecting changing conditions related to and the progress towards the IRP every two years, and an updated IRP must be developed at least every four years.
Chelan County PUD has completed its 2020 IRP. The 2020 IRP outlines the sources of power needed to supply PUD customers through 2030. It describes the mix of resources from generation, conservation and efficiency that will meet current and projected needs at the lowest reasonable cost and risk to the utility and its customer-owners.
The 2020 IRP has been submitted to the Washington State Department of Commerce before the Sept. 1, 2020 deadline. Meeting notices and presentations are linked below.
Public Meetings/Hearing - 2020
May 11, 2020, 10 a.m.
June 15, 2020, 10 a.m.
July 6, 2020, final hearing, 1 p.m.