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. Click below to learn more about carbon neutrality in Palo Alto.


 carbon neutral gas and natural gas




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.


 UAC meeting schedule     Past UAC meeting videos


Final Electric Integrated Resource Plan


Read through recent UAC & Staff Reports on this Electric IRP:

June 7, 2017
Staff Recommendation that the UAC Provide Feedback on the Development of the City of Palo Alto Utilities Electric Integrated Resource Plan

August 2, 2017
Discussion of Electric Integrated Resource Plan – California Wholesale Energy Market Overview and Electric Portfolio Cost Drivers

August 2, 2017
Discussion of Developing a Flexible Distributed Energy Resource Plan and Forecasting Long Term Customer Electrical Loads in Palo Alto


September 6, 2017
Discussion of Electric Integrated Resource Plan – Hydroelectric Resources and Carbon Neutral Portfolio Alternatives


October 2, 2017
Electric Integrated Resource Plan Overview and Work Plan

November 1, 2017
Discussion of Proposed Distributed Energy Resources Plan

December 6, 2017
Renewable and Carbon Neutral Portfolio Strategy Discussion


June 2018

Electric Integrated Resource Plan - Long term Electric Supply & Carbon Neutrality Analysis


For questions, please contact:
James Stack
City of Palo Alto Utilities
Phone: (650) 329-2314
E-mail: James.Stack@CityofPaloAlto.org