Indiana plans technical conference on IRP, energy efficiency

The Indiana Utility Regulatory Commission (IURC) will sponsor an all-day technical conference March 22 to address issues concerned with Integrated Resource Plans (IRP).

The meeting in Indianapolis will address IRP and Energy Efficiency Plan (EEP) issues facing the state. The IRP technical conference is expected to include some discussion of the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Clean Power Plan.

Indiana was one of many states that signed onto a legal challenge that resulted in the U.S. Supreme Court issuing a “stay” or postponement of any enforcement of the carbon dioxide reduction rule until legal challenges are heard in the federal courts.

Republican Gov. Mike Pence called the Supreme Court action “a win” for Indiana.

“The Clean Power Plan exceeds the authority granted to the EPA under the Clean Air Act, and I am pleased that it will not be enforced while the lawsuit filed by Indiana and 28 other states and state agencies moves through the courts.  Hoosiers may be assured that our state will continue to use every legal means available to fight President Obama’s war on coal,” Pence said in a Feb. 9 statement.

Indiana lawmakers have also been working to update the commission’s rule requiring utilities to prepare and submit integrated resource plans.

The technical conference is also likely to include discussion of electric transmission expansions to reap the potential for renewable power. Other discussion topics could include distributed generation and greater coordination with regional transmission organizations.

Questions on the technical conference can be directed to IRUC Director of Research, Policy, and Planning Bradley Borum bborum@urc.in.gov.

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