Resource Planning & Procurement Trends

EMP 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


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.
Eto, Joseph H, Peter M Miller, and Howard S Geller. "The Potential for Electricity Conservation in the State of New York, USA." MUSE HT, Sophia Antipolis, June 12-13, 1990. Sophia, Antipolis, 1990.



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, 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.


McMahon, James E, Joseph H Eto, Peter T Chan, Jonathan G Koomey, Mark D Levine, Chris Pignone, and Henry Ruderman. "The LBL Residential Energy and Hourly Demand Models." Strategic Planning in Energy and Natural Resources. Ed. Lev, Baruch, J. A Bloom, A.S. Gleit, F.H. Murphy, and C. Shoemaker. Elsevier Science & Technology Books, 1987.
Eto, Joseph H, Jonathan G Koomey, James E McMahon, and Edward P Kahn. "Integrated Analysis of Demand‑side Programs: A Case Study of the Texas Utilities Electric Company." National Conference on Utility DSM Programs, Houston, Texas. Houston, TX: LBNL, 1987.


Eto, Joseph H. Utility Benefits from Targeting Demand‑side Management Programs at Specific Distribution Areas. Electric Power Research Institute (EPRI), 1986.
Kahn, Edward P, Joseph H Eto, Jonathan G Koomey, Peter T Chan, and Mark D Levine. "Valuation of Demand-side Utility Programs." 1986 ACEEE Summer Study on Energy Efficiency in Buildings. Santa Cruz, CA, 1986.


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