Integrated Resource Plan

2022 Integrated Resource Plan

The 2022 Integrated Resource Plan (IRP) will study supply- and demand-side resources for electric power supply to Long Island and the Rockaways. The IRP will help LIPA chart a path forward for compliance with New York State’s nation-leading climate policy, the Climate Leadership and Community Protection Act, and ensure access to adequate electric power resources so that LIPA can continue to serve its customers reliably and affordably. The IRP will be developed by LIPA’s Service Provider, PSEG Long Island, as an agent of and acting on behalf of LIPA. The IRP is expected to start in June 2021 with final report issuance in the first quarter of 2023. Background & IRP Objectives In July 2019, New York State enacted the Climate Leadership and Community Protection Act (CLCPA) – one of the most aggressive clean energy and greenhouse gas reduction policies in the country. The CLCPA includes, among other goals, a state-wide requirement that 70 percent of electricity consumed in the state by 2030 be produced from renewable energy; the development of 6,000 MW of distributed solar by 2025; 9,000 MW of offshore wind by 2035; 3,000 MW of energy storage by 2030; and 100 percent zero-carbon electricity generation by 2040. These requirements will have a significant impact on the supply and demand of electricity on Long Island and in the rest of New York State. LIPA’s IRP will seek to examine the impact of CLCPA requirements and other potential electricity market changes during the study period of 2022 to 2040. The IRP will ultimately result in an action plan for the period of 2022 to 2030 that will identify the key actions and investments that LIPA will undertake to meet state goals while continuing to meet the electricity needs of its customers reliably and cost-effectively. Key objectives for LIPA’s IRP include:
  • Supporting and meeting CLCPA goals
  • Eliminating dependence on fossil-fueled generation
  • Integrating substantial amounts of renewable energy resources
  • Identifying the impacts of beneficial electrification
  • Identifying benefits to disadvantaged communities
The IRP will consider supply-side resources (e.g., clean generation and energy storage), demand-side resources (e.g., energy efficiency and demand response), and transmission investments. If the studies identify a need for a major new investment or program, the action plan will identify a schedule of tasks to address the need, such as initiating a new procurement, participating with other load-serving entities in a joint procurement, or establishing a new customer program. Timeline, Public Comments, and Scope of Work LIPA staff presented the objectives, key challenges, and timeline for the IRP to the LIPA Board at its June 23, 2021 meeting. To initiate public engagement on the IRP development, LIPA held a 30-day public comment period on the Scope of Work (SoW), which commenced on July 23, 2021. LIPA received 18 comments on the proposed SoW. Comments, and LIPA’s formal responses, can be found in the “public comments” drop-down below. On September 22, 2021, the LIPA Board approved the IRP SoW. The 2022 IRP process will be a 15-month effort with completion in the first quarter of 2023. LIPA and PSEG Long Island staff also plan to collaborate with Stony Brook University and Brookhaven Science Associates, LLC on IRP development, with a focus on identifying emerging, viable, advanced clean energy technologies.