E&E News quoted AEE's Coley Girouard in this trend piece that echoed elements of Coley's earlier Top 10 Utility Regulatory Trends here. See excerpts below and read the entire E&E story here.
The next decade's electric utility is taking shape today in the form of plans, sometimes thousands of pages, plopped into the laps of state regulators nationwide. Like snowflakes, each of these integrated resource plans (IRPs) — which outline how utilities intend to meet power demand cost-effectively — is unique. Not all states require them. And the almost three dozen states that do each has distinct requirements and processes for the plans, which look 10 to 20 years into the future.