Breaking Down the 2016 Energy Law: What’s the deal with IRPs?

It’s no surprise that delivering affordable, reliable, and sustainable energy safely across Michigan takes a lot of careful planning. The 2016 energy law set Michigan on a path of smart energy planning that changes how Michigan does energy.

That’s where IRPs come in handy. IRPs, or integrated resource plans are what local energy companies use to outline their plans for our energy future.

As time goes on, our dependence on energy grows. To account for that, the Michigan Public Service Commission (MPSC) requires that IRPs outline a plan for how each local energy company plans to meet the needs of its customers long term, sometimes spanning 20 or more years into the future.

A result of the 2016 energy law, IRPs help:

Local energy companies here in Michigan have developed the first IRPs outlined in the 2016 energy law. Consumer’s Energy has released their plan, and DTE is currently holding public meetings for feedback on their future IRP.

IRPs are just one of the pieces of a five-pronged approach to resource planning in Michigan. Other key pieces include:

IRPs may just seem like a long documents filled with lots of energy industry jargon, and while that may be true, it doesn’t take an energy expert to understand just how important this careful planning is when it comes to deliver energy safely to Michiganders statewide.