Integrated Resource Planning

 
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Electric Integrated Resource Planning Process

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The right mix of energy resources in the right locations can lower energy costs for the community as a whole, but we have to plan ahead. Earlier this year, JEA began discussions with community stakeholders to develop an Electric Integrated Resource Plan (IRP), which will help guide the development and operation of JEA’s electric system for the next 20-plus years.

Integrated Resource Planning is a public process in which planners work together with other interested parties to identify and prepare energy options that serve the highest possible public good. In the process, they establish goals, investigate options to achieve them, prepare and evaluate integrated plans, select preferred plans, and establish mechanisms to monitor, evaluate, and iterate plans as conditions change.

JEA’s 2022 IRP will be a comprehensive plan designed to meet the forecast annual peak electric energy demand—plus some established reserve margin— of JEA customers through a combination of existing and new energy supply resources, energy conservation, and other demand-side resources.



Factors Considered in IRP Development

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Stakeholder Engagement

Engaging with a diverse cross-section of our community leaders is a critical piece of developing JEA's IRP. So much so, that in each of the seven steps outlined below, we are garnering stakeholder feedback to ensure we are working collaboratively. Stakeholders include residential and commercial customers, community partners, environmental group members, neighborhood associations, municipal representatives, and other individuals.

Stakeholder Engagement Includes:

  • Educating stakeholders on utility plans
  • Improving transparency of utility decision making process for resource planning
  • Creating opportunities to provide feedback to the utility on its resource plan
  • Promoting dynamic and informed dialogue around resource decisions
  • Reducing utility regulatory risk by building understanding and support for utility resource decisions
  • Encouraging stakeholders to share what they learn with colleagues and other community members to garner their feedback

Stakeholder Engagement Committee Members:

Baptist Medical Center
Bethel Baptist Institutional Church 
City of Jacksonville
Commercial Metals Company
Downtown Vision, Inc.
Duval County School Board
ElderSource
First Coast Manufacturers Association
Jacksonville Aviation Authority
Jacksonville Civic Council
Jacksonville Transportation Authority

Jacksonville University
JAX Chamber
Jessie Ball duPont Fund
Local Initiatives Support Corporation
Northeast Florida Builders Association
Northeast Florida Community Action Agency
North Florida Green Chamber of Commerce
St. Johns Riverkeeper, Inc.
Sierra Club Northeast Florida Group
United Way of Northeast Florida
University of North Florida 

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JEA and the Stakeholder Engagement Committee will consider several factors throughout the electric IRP process, including the following industry trends:


Renewable Energy

Governments and corporations are striving ambitiously to decarbonize, turning to renewable energy drawn from solar and wind, both on land and offshore. This is forcing power providers around the world to thoughtfully plan and invest in ways to accommodate new green energy on the grid. The ascendancy of new technologies — notably hydrogen, a rising star in tomorrow’s energy mix — and wider use of battery storage are drawing more attention, prodding utilities to integrate them in a diversified, balanced energy portfolio.

Decarbonization

In pursuit of a decarbonized electric grid by 2035, the Biden Administration is encouraging the U.S. economy to lower its carbon intensity, especially when it comes to buildings, transportation and heavy industry. Two emerging technologies — “green hydrogen” and battery energy storage — can help propel that quest for alternatives to fossil fuels.

Electric Vehicles

More and more auto manufacturers are announcing plans to stop production of combustion-engine vehicles within the next two decades. Recognizing the benefits of an electrified fleet, the commercial and industrial (C&I) sector — with its hundreds of thousands of medium- and heavy-duty trucks, delivery vans and buses — is getting on board. CALSTART’s Global Commercial Drive to Zero initiative reports that more than 108 models of commercial freight vehicles — e.g., zero-emission heavy-duty trucks, medium-duty truck and vans, and yard tractors — will be available from 46 manufacturers in the U.S. this year. As these medium- and heavy-duty EVs hit the streets, utility networks will have to handle simultaneous charging, corridor charging hubs and large charging depots, with some truck chargers imposing an instantaneous demand of 5 megawatts (MW), 10 MW or more.

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What does the Integrated Resource Planning process look like?

In general, the process to develop an IRP includes the following components:

  • Stakeholder interaction
  • Data gathering/estimating
  • Excel-based analyses
  • Computer-based expansion planning and production cost modeling
  • Sensitivity and scenario analyses
  • Analysis of results of modeling
  • Conclusions regarding near-term and long-term activities

What is the timeline to complete the IRP process?

The current timeline takes the IRP process through the end of calendar year 2022, however this is subject to change.


How is JEA engaging the community to develop a plan that takes into account the interests of customers?

In fall 2021, JEA began to engage with a variety of community voices with an invitation to participate in the planning process, which began with a series of listening sessions to our Stakeholder Engagement Committee in January 2022.


Why is the IRP process important?

The IRP will provide strategic recommendations for JEA to consider over the near term to long term -- most likely the next 20 to 30 years -- to continue to provide reliable power in the most environmentally responsible and cost-effective manner possible. It ensures that JEA will be able to continue delivering high-quality services to an ever-growing community, solidifying the foundation for Northeast Florida's energy future. 


How do I get more information about the electric IRP process?

If you have a question or would like to provide feedback about JEA’s electric IRP process, please email us at irp@jea.com

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Water Integrated Resource Plan

As an industry leader, JEA has long embraced the concept of One Water and the principles of Integrated Water Resources Management. Knowing that water is part of an interconnected system and water resources are maximized by implementing multipurpose projects, in 2019 JEA began developing an Integrated Water Resource Plan (IWRP) along with a comprehensive Water Demand-Side Management (DSM) Strategy for water conservation. The final report was published in April 2021.

Executive Summary
Final Report