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Integrated Resource Plan

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Integrated Resource Planning (IRP) in California is a biennial process developed to implement Senate Bill 350 (De León, 2015) in which the California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC) works to ensure that California’s electric sector meets its GHG reduction goals while maintaining reliability at the lowest possible costs.

The CPUC’s IRP cycle is divided into a Planning Track and a Procurement Track. In the IRP planning track, using CPUC-provided information and starting with CPUC-provided analytical tools, LSEs develop preferred resource portfolios to meet assigned shares of California’s electricity-sector emission reduction targets and support State reliability goals. The CPUC reviews the portfolios and actions that each LSE proposes and then develops a State-wide, aggregate preferred system plan portfolio. The CPUC may determine that further action by the LSEs, such as additional procurement, is needed to meet State emission reduction or reliability goals.

The planning track relies on the CEC-developed IEPR load forecast, further specified to individual Load Serving Entities within California. The planning track produces portfolios used by the CAISO’s Transmission Planning Process to determine reliability and policy-driven transmission infrastructure expansion need over the planning horizon.

EBCE’s latest IRP LSE Plan, as well as EBCE’s previous IRP cycle materials, are available below.

EBCE IRP Materials

2022 IRP Cycle

2020 IRP Cycle

2018 IRP Cycle (available here)

Additional Resources

General resources and background information on the CPUC’s Integrated Resource Planning and Long-Term Procurement Planning can be found on the CPUC website, as well as the current and past IRP cycle documents.