Integrated Resource Planning

Meeting future energy needs

At NW Natural, we have a responsibility to meet our customers' future energy needs, reliably and affordably.

Planning for the future is the goal of Integrated Resource Planning (IRP). Every two years, we develop a plan that best meets our energy-use forecasts for the next 20 years, while minimizing costs and risks to customers and the company.

This planning process evaluates many factors, including customer growth and consumption trends, pipeline and storage capacity, energy efficiency programs and more.

Can the public participate?

Yes. In fact, public involvement is essential to create a rigorous IRP process. We work with a diverse set of stakeholders that includes Oregon and Washington utility commission, ratepayer and industry advocates, Energy Trust of Oregon and other utilities.

NW Natural presents various components of the IRP as it is being developed through technical working group meetings. Following these meetings, we develop a draft IRP that's then released to the public for comment. (Dates listed below.)

After we publish a draft IRP, we will present the draft and welcome comments from the public during an open meeting. We will post both the draft IRP and the date of the public meeting once they become available.

We are currently working on our 2018 IRP. If you would like to be added to the technical working group mailing list, please contact us. Technical working group meetings are held at NW Natural, 220 NW Second Avenue, Portland, Oregon 97209, from 9:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m., unless otherwise noted.

Technical Working Group schedule and other key dates:

  • December 20, 2017—Technical working group 1, planning environment
  • February 28, 2018—Technical working group 2, load forecast
  • March 14, 2018—Technical working group 3, resource options, supply resources, avoided costs, demand side resources, renewable natural gas, and power to gas
  • April 25, 2018—Technical working group 4, continuation of resource options, portfolio/risk analysis results
  • May 22, 2018—Technical working group 5, distribution system planning
  • June 22, 2018—Draft IRP published online
  • June 27, 2018—Technical working group 6, review draft IRP
  • July 17, 2018—Open public meeting, 6 p.m. - 8 p.m.
  • August 24, 2018—Final IRP published

Included below is the most recently acknowledged 2016 Integrated Resource Plan, as well as previous versions.

2016 Integrated Resource Plan - acknowledged by OPUC and WUTC

2014 Integrated Resource Plan - acknowledged by OPUC and WUTC

2013 Integrated Resource Plan - acknowledged by OPUC and WUTC