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Integrated Resource Plan (IRP) Contemporary Issues Technical Conference
Start Date: 3/22/2016Start Time: 9:00 AM
End Date: 3/22/2016End Time: 4:00 PM
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The next Integrated Resource Plan (IRP) Contemporary Issues Technical Conference is scheduled for Tuesday, March 22, 2016, 9 a.m. – 4 p.m., in Conference Room B, Indiana Government Center South, 402 W. Washington Street, Indianapolis, Indiana. 


Based on discussions throughout the IRP process, the Commission staff offers the following list of topics that might be considered for the March 22, 2016, Contemporary Issues Conference. The staff welcomes additional topics. Recognizing the list of topics is likely to be too long for a single conference, we welcome your prioritization to provide guidance for future conferences:


1.            The IRP and Energy Efficiency Plan (EEP) Rulemaking Status (IURC RM #15-06)

2.            Enhancements to the stakeholder process:

    a.        Stakeholder education for IRP and demand side management (DSM), which includes energy efficiency.

    b.        What can be done to improve and enhance stakeholder participation from the inception through completion of the IRPs?

3.            Combining traditional scenario analysis with probabilistic risk analysis:

    a.        Basic concepts of scenario and sensitivity development as well as the integration of risk analysis

    b.        Current and emerging planning tools and their requisite databases

4.            The Clean Power Plan (CPP) and the IRP:

    a.        Current thoughts on compliance options (e.g., the potential for expansion of transmission to realize the potential of renewable energy)

    b.        Greater coordination with regional transmission organizations (RTOs):

        i.     Improved data

        ii.    Best information on unit retirements, repowering, new resources, and projected operational data

        iii.   Analysis from Indiana utilities that would enhance the RTOs’ planning processes

        iv.   Integration of regional information from the RTOs to enhance the Indiana utilities’ IRPs

    c.        Would a primer be useful for those that have not actively worked with the RTOs?

5.            Incorporation of energy efficiency into IRPs for comparable treatment with other resources

6.            The calculation and use of avoided costs

7.            Estimation and integration of customer-owned generation, including combined heat and power and emerging technologies (e.g., microgrids) and strategic rate design to ensure accurate and fair price signals for customer-owned resources, demand response, and energy efficiency

8.            Emerging technologies and their potential effects on IRP

9.            Utilization of data from advanced metering infrastructure and smart grid

10.         What can be done to improve load forecasts and decrease forecast error?


The Commission staff also welcomes your suggestions regarding expert speakers. As you know, the Commission is prohibited from paying Honoria or travel-related expenses. For your consideration, the Commission staff offers the following partial list:

1.            Dr. Marty Rozzell, who has facilitated the IRP process for IPL’s and I&M’s stakeholder process

2.            Dr. Adam Borison, who has published extensively on combining the best elements of risk analysis with traditional scenario based analysis

3.            Representative(s) of the Energy Information Administration and/or the EPA (perhaps Janet McCabe) on their modeling of the ramifications of the CPP

4.            Representative(s) from MISO and/or PJM to discuss their efforts to model the CPP and suggestions for enhancements (including planning tools)

5.            Dr. Marilyn Brown, member of the TVA Board of Directors, professor at Georgia Tech, and expert on energy efficiency

6.            A representative of ACEEE or similar organization

7.            Dr. Doug Gotham of the State Utility Forecasting Group to discuss load forecasting


The Commission staff welcomes your thoughts on meeting format. The Commission staff thought that some of these topics might lend themselves to a round table format for more expansive discussion and debate.


Please provide suggested topics to be included on the agenda and possible speakers by Monday, Feb. 1, 2016. If you think one or more of the topics listed above has merit, please recommend a speaker. The suggestions can be sent by regular mail or email to:


Bradley Borum

Director of Research, Policy, and Planning

Indiana Utility Regulatory Commission

101 West Washington Street, Suite 1500 E

Indianapolis, IN 46204-3407

Phone: (317) 232-2733


Thank you for your interest and continued participation!

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