Electric Integrated Resource Plan



In 2015, Governor Edmund G. Brown, Jr. signed Senate Bill 350 (SB 350) into law, which requires that publicly owned utilities (POU) serving loads greater than 700,000 megawatt hours per year, such as Palo Alto, submit an Integrated Resource Plan (IRP) to the California Energy Commission (CEC) every five years with the first one due by January 1, 2019. The Electric IRP for the City of Palo Alto Utilities (CPAU) will lay out Palo Alto’s roadmap for 2018-2030 for providing electrical service that is reliable, affordable, and aligned with City and State energy goals and greenhouse gas emission reduction targets.

Palo Alto has already made great strides towards reaching these targets, including providing carbon neutral electricity and natural gas. Learn more about carbon neutrality in Palo Alto.

Planning Process

The IRP is a useful planning document that provides customers the opportunity to shape their future energy supply. Communicating directly with its customers throughout planning process helps CPAU develop future power source options that reflect the priorities of the community. CPAU is working through a public planning process with the City Council, Utilities Advisory Commission, and the community. Click below to see the latest updates and progress.