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Resource Planning

Integrated Resource Planning, (also known as IRP or a resource plan), is the process where a utility, the Commission, and stakeholders examine a utility’s current and planned electricity generation for the next 15 years. The IRP is a forward looking document that requires utilities to give advance notice of how they plan to generate electricity over the coming decade and a half. Decisions on generation can affect many things, such as electric rates, the communities where power plants are located, and the environment. A resource plan provides a way for interested people and organizations to review these plans and offer input.

Resource Planning 

Commission Rules suggest utilities file a plan every two years, but depending on the utility’s plans and the size of the utility, the two year rule may be varied. Once a utility files a resource plan, the following timeline for input typically applies:

  1. Anyone who believes the IRP is incomplete may file comments within 30 days of the plan being filed;
  2. Initial comments on the merits of the resource plan are due four months after the filing;
  3. Reply comments are due two months after initial comments are received.

Please check any pending IRP dockets (listed in the table below) for exact scheduling and deadlines.

After reply comments are filed, the Commission compiles a summary of all of the input received, schedules the matter for an agenda meeting, and approximately a week prior to the agenda meeting, issues Briefing Papers summarizing the IRP and significant issues raised in the plan. The Commissioners will then make a decision on the resource plan at one of its regular agenda meetings. For investor owned utilities (like Xcel Energy), the Commission may approve, reject, or modify the plan. For Cooperative or Municipal resource plans, the Commission’s decision is advisory. Utilities that have a very small presence in Minnesota file O-IRPs.


Utility Docket Number Status
Basin Electric Power Cooperative 20-564 O-IRP
Dairyland Power Cooperative 20-558 O-IRP
Great River Energy (GRE) 17-286 Completed, Order Issued November 28, 2018 and Order Issued September 15, 2020
Interstate Power & Light Company 17-374 Completed, Order Issued April 2, 2019
Minnesota Municipal Power Agency (MMPA) 18-524 Completed, Order Issued May 28, 2019
Minnesota Power 21-33 Pending
Minnkota Power Cooperative, Inc. Northern Municipal Power Agency (NMPA) 19-416 Completed, Order Issued May 20, 2020
Missouri River Energy Services (MRES) 21-414 Pending
Otter Tail Power Company 21-339 Pending
Southern MN Municipal Power Agency (SMMPA) 21-782 Pending
Xcel Energy 19-368 Pending


*Table last updated December 2021



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