Resource Planning Practices and Trends

The EMP Group has been a leader in critically evaluating and informing the development of utility resource planning practices since the emergence of least-cost or integrated resource planning in the 1980s. Much of the current work involves evaluating resource plans developed by utilities and regional transmission planning entities, to characterize trends and identify emerging best practices. This work helps regulators and planning practitioners benchmark and refine their analyses, and it informs Berkeley Lab’s direct technical assistance to state, regional, and national entities engaged in electric system planning.

Current topics include:

  • Load forecasting methods and scenario analysis in utility resource plans
  • Evaluating and accounting for energy efficiency, demand response, and distributed generation within utility resource plans
  • Assumptions and methods for evaluating solar, wind, and other renewables within utility resource plans
  • Methods and techniques for analyzing risk and uncertainty in resource planning studies
  • Assessing the impact of resource planning processes on procurement decisions
  • Strategic benefits of transmission investments, including those that may not typically be captured within planning studies
  • Transmission planning studies developed by FERC Order 1000 regional entities

1992

1991

Eto, Joseph H, Hashem Akbari, Robert G Pratt, and Steven D Braithwait. "End-Use Load Shape Data Application, Estimation, and Collection." State of the Art of Energy Efficiency: Future Directions . Ed. Vine, Edward L and Drury B Crawley. Washington, D.C.: American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy, 1991. 16.
Hirst, Eric, and Charles A Goldman. "Creating the Future: Integrated Resource Planning for Electric Utilities." Annual Review of Energy 16 (1991) 31.

1990

Eto, Joseph H. "An Overview of Analysis Tools for Integrated Resource Planning." Energy 15.11 (1990). LBNL-28692.
Akbari, Hashem, Isaac Turiel, Joseph H Eto, Kristin E Heinemeier, Benoit Lebot, and Leo I Rainer. "A Review of Existing Commercial Energy Use Intensity and Load Shape Studies." ACEEE Summer Study on Energy Efficiency in Buildings. ACEEE, 1990. LBNL-29209.
Eto, Joseph H, Isaac Turiel, Hashem Akbari, Benoit Lebot, and Kristin E Heinemeier. "An Investigation of the Use of Prototypes for Commercial Sector EUI Analysis." American Council for an Energy Efficient Economy 1990 Summer Study on Energy Efficiency in Buildings. Asilomar, CA, 1990.
Eto, Joseph H, Hashem Akbari, Robert G Pratt, and Steven D Braithwait. "End-Use Load Shape Data Application, Estimation, and Collection: A State-of-the-Art Review." ACEEE Summer Study on Energy Efficiency in Buildings. Asilomar, CA: American Council for an Energy Efficient Economy (ACEEE), 1990. 30. LBNL-30141.
Kahn, Edward P, Michael H Rothkopf, Joseph H Eto, and Jean-Michel Nataf. "Auctions for PURPA Purchases: A Simulation Study." Journal of Regulatory Economics 2.2 (1990).

1989

1988

Krause, Florentin, and Joseph H Eto. Least Cost Utility Planning, A Handbook for Public Utility Commissioners, Volume 2: The Demand Side: Conceptual and Methodological Issues. Washington DC: National Association of Regulatory Utility Commissioners, 1988. LBNL-25472.
Eto, Joseph H, Jonathan G Koomey, James E McMahon, and Edward P Kahn. "Integrated Analysis of Demand-Side Programs." IEEE Transactions on Power Systems 3.4 (1988) 7.
Eto, Joseph H, Carl Blumstein, and Michael Jaske. "Changing Needs in Energy Demand Forecasting: A California Perspective." 1988 ACEEE Summer Study on Energy Efficiency in Buildings . Asilomar Conference Center, Pacific Grove, California.: ACEEE, 1988.

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