Reducing our environmental impact while maintaining safe, reliable, and affordable service.
NW Natural is strategically planning to use and develop the resources that will allow us to keep our customers' energy needs now and into the future while fulfilling our commitment in helping the region reduce its impact on the climate and being an integral part of a thriving economy.
Integrated Resource Plan
Resource planning process
At NW Natural, we have a responsibility to meet our customers' current and future energy needs, reliably and affordably. Every few years, Integrated Resource Planning (IRP) develops a plan that best meets our customers' forecasted long-term energy requirements with the goal of minimizing the combination of costs and risks for NW Natural customers. This robust planning process evaluates many factors including but not limited to the following:
- Environmental policy
- Customer growth
- Consumption trends
- Demand-side resources such as energy efficiency and demand response
- Supply-side resources such as renewable natural gas, storage options
Our IRP is developed through a process open to the public and informed by feedback and a formal review by a diverse set of interested parties, including:
- The Oregon and Washington utility commission staffs
- Ratepayer, environmental and industry advocates
- Energy Trust of Oregon
- Other utilities
- Other interested participants
IRP working groups & public meetings
Please feel free to get in touch with us with questions about the IRP, or to be added to a workshop or Technical Working Group (TWG) for our next plan.
All meetings listed below are tentative and subject to change.
Meeting for the public
July 18, 2022
|Workpapers Workshop||October 27, 2022; 1-4p.m.|
|2022 IRP Office Hours||Nov. 10, 2022; 10-11:30a.m.|
A draft of the 2022 IRP is posted to this site for public review, under "Current and previous IRPs."
The IRP is NW Natural’s long-term plan to serve customers and answer questions, such as: How much gas will our customers use? How much energy can we save through conservation? Where will NW Natural get its gas supply? During this workshop, NW Natural discussed these and other topics to help develop the IRP.
2022 IRP Technical Working Groups (TWG)
|Supplemental TWG - Load Considerations||Sept. 29, 2021|
|Supplemental TWG - Emissions Considerations||Dec. 9, 2021|
|January 14, 2022|
|February 11, 2022|
|March 28, 2022|
|April 13, 2022|
|April 25, 2022|
TWG 6 - RNG Evaluation Methodology and Incremental Cost Calculation;
|June 1, 2022|
|Sept. 8, 2022|
2018 IRP Update Technical Working Groups (TWG)
|TWG 1 - 2018 IRP Update||February 2, 2021|
|Supplemental TWG - Planning Standard||June 3, 2021|
Current and previous IRPs
2022 IRP - letter from David H. Anderson, NW Natural President and CEO
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