MEAN Integrated Resource Plan online

December 14, 2017

The Municipal Energy Agency of Nebraska’s (MEAN) Integrated Resource Plan recently received final approval by the Western Area Power Administration (WAPA). The plan places a priority on future generation resources that incorporate natural gas, wind, solar as well as projects that can provide local benefit.

The plan serves as a long-term fluid road map for how MEAN moves forward in resource planning and serving its electric load obligations in the regional footprints where it operates. It was approved by the MEAN Board of Directors prior to being submitted to WAPA for final approval.

The Energy Policy Act of 1992 requires utilities that receive federal hydropower allocations to prepare and submit an Integrated Resource Plan every five years to WAPA under its Energy Planning and Management Program. MEAN submits the plan on behalf of its MEAN participants with federal hydro allocations. The plan is reviewed and updated annually and is incorporated into MEAN’s overall strategic plan.

“An Integrated Resource Plan identifies current load forecasts and resources and where the gaps will occur in the future,” said Shannon Coleman, supervisor of resource planning and analysis for MEAN. “It also prioritizes what is most important for MEAN’s participants in choosing a resource to fill those gaps going forward.”

Prior to plan development, a survey of MEAN participants was used to gather input regarding several different generation resource criteria. Low cost was the most important criteria, according to the survey. Other criteria considerations included local benefit, operational flexibility/dispatchability, environmental impact, fuel diversity, renewable fuel, power purchase agreement vs. ownership and environmental policy risk.

Demand side management efforts are also included in the plan. Existing activities such as MEAN’s commercial lighting program, infrared energy audits and other energy efficiency and education efforts will continue under the plan as well as the existing community demand-side management programs of MEAN participants.

Click here to view the Integrated Resource Plan.