MEAN's Integrated Resource Plan
The Municipal Energy Agency of Nebraska (MEAN) is in the process of preparing its 2022 Integrated Resource Plan (IRP) as required by the Western Area Power Administration (WAPA). MEAN files an IRP with WAPA every 5 years.
Integrated resource planning is a planning process for new energy resources that evaluates the full range of alternatives, including new generating capacity, power purchases, energy conservation and efficiency, cogeneration and district heating and cooling applications, and renewable energy resources, to provide adequate and reliable service to a utility’s electric consumers. An IRP supports utility-developed goals and schedules. The plan must take into account necessary features for system operation, such as diversity, reliability, dispatchability, and other risk factors; must take into account the ability to verify energy savings achieved through energy efficiency and the projected durability of such savings measured over time; and must treat demand and supply resources on a consistent and integrated basis. The IRP must adhere to several criteria, which are listed on the WAPA website: https://www.wapa.gov/PowerMarketing/IRP/Pages/guidelines.aspx
MEAN welcomes member and public input to its IRP. Members and the public are provided numerous opportunities to comment on the IRP during MEAN’s quarterly committee and Board meetings that are open to the public, with the agendas, including any discussion of the Integrated Resource Plan, published under MEAN's board information section on NMPP Energy's website at https://www.nmppenergy.org/about/board-meetings.
MEAN publicly posted an initial draft IRP on April 19, 2022, and a public workshop to review the draft IRP was held on April 21, 2022 in Lincoln, Neb. (a virtual option for participation was available.) Written comments were accepted during a 25-day comment period ending at 5:00 p.m. (CT) on May 14, 2022.
MEAN’s current draft IRP plan (including the accompanying appendices and summary of public comments) is here.
The MEAN Power Supply Committee will consider a recommendation regarding the IRP at its in-person meeting on May 18, 2022 in Kearney, Neb. Action to adopt the 2022 IRP will be taken at MEAN’s Board of Directors in-person meeting on May 19, 2022. Public comments will be accepted at the meetings, subject to the Public Comment Period Rules available under MEAN’s board information section on NMPP Energy’s website, available at https://www.nmppenergy.org/about/board-meetings. Comment periods will be available on a first-come, first-served basis. Individuals interested in making public comments at the meetings on May 18, 2022 or May 19, 2022 may Sign Up.
MEAN’s 2017 IRP can be found here.