Mark Becker, NPPD’s corporate media supervisor, says the plan evaluates a wide range of power options for how electricity is provided to customers.
“Internally, NPPD has developed what’s called a draft Integrated Resource Plan,” Becker says. “That is posted on our website. We encourage people to read through it. We will look at the comments and we will address those comments in the final IRP. It’ll come before the board likely in the spring of 2018.”
Becker says NPPD buys hydropower from the Western Area Power Administration, which requires an I-R-P every five years.
“The U.S. electric industry is changing rapidly,” he says. “The environmental and regulatory landscape with the government has changed quite a bit. The other thing, too, we’ve signed new wholesale power contracts with our customers and many of them are putting up their own renewable energy projects.”
See the draft and make comments at the website. The deadline to make comments is November 30th.
By Nick Stevenson, WJAG, Norfolk