Washington Utilities and Transportation Commission
By rule, (WAC 480-100-238) and (WAC 480-90-238), all natural gas and electric utilities regulated by the commission are required to develop plans for how they will obtain future energy resources for their customers. An Integrated Resource Plan is used to identify a utility company's long-term energy resource strategy. These plans describe how the company will meet future customer needs at the least cost to ratepayers. Utility companies are required to update their plans every two years.
2016 - 2018 IRP Rulemaking:
On September 1, 2016, the Washington Utilities and Transportation Commission (Commission) filed with the Office of the Code Reviser a Preproposal Statement of Inquiry (CR-101) to examine whether the Commission's rules related to the integrated resource plan (IRP) process require an update to keep up with recent trends in the energy industry. The Commission adopted its existing IRP rules on January 4, 2006.
Additionally, the Commission will consider whether a revision is necessary for its rule in WAC 480-107, which outlines utility bidding process responsibilities that are closely tied to the IRP rules.
While electric utility IRPs will be the primary focus of this inquiry, the Commission anticipates that there will be broad topics related to the IRP process that may affect natural gas utilities, and therefore encourages their participation in this proceeding.
The Commission will hold several workshops for the IRP rulemaking (U-161024). Comments on the rulemaking may be submitted via the Commission's Web portal at www.utc.wa.gov/e-filing or by electronic mail to the Commission's Records Center at email@example.com.
Each UTC-regulated utility's most recently completed Integrated Resource Plan:
The Docket for each UTC-regulated utility's currently in-development or recently finalized Integrated Resource Plan: