Integrated Resources Planning

New Report Calls for an End to Business-as-Usual Power Planning

Tuesday, November 12, 2013
Integrated Methodology Puts Energy Efficiency First A new report shows how planning for energy efficiency early in the power planning process can help governments to make better choices, avoid greenhouse gases, and make wiser investments.

Better Energy Options Exist

ABB has laid claim to 18% increases in energy efficiency at its Sohar aluminum smelter in the Sultanate of Oman.
Dams and other energy projects are sometimes built without communities having any say in the process - only to realize that the project may not have been needed at all.

An Introduction to Integrated Resources Planning

Monday, November 11, 2013
Integrated Resources Planning (IRP) is a public process in which planners work together with other interested parties to identify and prepare energy options that serve the highest possible public good. In the process, they establish scope, investigate options, prepare and evaluate integrated plans, select preferred plans, and establish mechanisms to monitor, evaluate, and iterate plans as conditions change. The IRP method was developed in the 1980s in response to repeated cases of power plants that were not needed and experienced serious cost and time overruns. In contrast to the limited cho
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