Columbus, Neb. – Public comment is now being accepted through the end of November by Nebraska Public Power District for its 2018 Integrated Resource Plan (IRP). An IRP is a plan that evaluates a wide range of power options for providing NPPD’s customers with electricity.
NPPD’s Board of Directors was given an overview of the plan, which covers 2018 through 2022, at its monthly meeting Wednesday. As part of its IRP process, NPPD will be accepting public comment on its website at www.nppd.com/irp. Interested individuals can review a copy of the draft IRP at that site, take a survey to provide personal comment, find questions and answers about the IRP, and view presentations related to the IRP process.
NPPD purchases hydropower from the Western Area Power Administration (WAPA) and the Energy Policy Act of 1992 requires all WAPA customers to submit an IRP every five years.
NPPD traditionally tries to predict what types of power plants could be used 20 years into the future, but for this submittal only a five-year period is being covered for several reasons, including:
- NPPD’s existing resources are sufficient to meet the electrical demand by its customers.
- The planning horizon for new generation resources has become relatively short.
- The U.S. electric industry is changing rapidly.
- The environmental regulatory landscape has changed with the new administration.
- In 2016, NPPD signed new wholesale power contracts with its customers.
The timeline for submittal of comments is Nov. 30. The final version of the IRP will come before the Board of Directors for approval early in 2018.