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Great River Energy’s Integrated Resource Plan (IRP) outlines our proposal to reliably and safely meet our member-owner cooperatives’ energy needs in a cost-effective and environmentally responsible way for the next 15 years. The plan also analyzes the future electricity needs of our members, which we are well positioned to meet.
Our most recent IRP projects a 28 percent reduction in carbon dioxide intensity of our system by 2029 from 2012, using the Environmental Protection Agency’s draft compliance formula for its proposed Clean Power Plan rule.
We filed our most recent IRP with the Minnesota Public Utilities Commission (PUC) on Oct. 31, 2014. The commission unanimously accepted the proposal by a vote of 5-0, on Sept. 10, 2015. The PUC agreed with Great River Energy and its member cooperatives that the resource plan is in the best interest of the membership.The IRP also details our commitment to evolving our generation portfolio, which already includes facilities of various fuel types and has been crafted for reliability, affordability and environmental performance. Our plan meets state criteria and complies with all legislative and regulatory requirements, including the Minnesota Renewable Energy Standard.
Great River Energy must file its next IRP by May 1, 2017.
On July 1, 2016, GRE filed its required North Dakota 10-Year Plan Report 2016–2025 with the North Dakota Public Service Commission, county auditors, and state agencies and officials as required by North Dakota Century Code Chapter 49-22-04. The filing supplies information on our resources and projects proposed in North Dakota over the coming 10-year time period.