Energy Zones and Planning

Incorporation of Risk Analysis into Planning Processes - EISPC
(January 2015)

This EISPC white paper is a primer on the use of Probabilistic Risk Assessment for transmission planning to help transmission planners and state regulators better understand the risks of uncertainties impacting power system reliability and economics and to offer guidance on how to incorporate risk analysis into the planning of transmission and other resources.


Economics of Resource Adequacy - EISPC
(May 2013)

This EISPC paper reviews measures of resource adequacy as used in different parts of the US power system, how reserves are measured, and uses a risk based analysis to measure trade-offs between the costs of relatively larger capacity targets with reduced energy and societal costs experienced as a result.  It explores resource mix sensitivities and recommends ways that states can positively influence resource adequacy levels in power systems in both vertically integrated utility regions as well as in regions with organized wholesale markets.


EISPC Energy Zones 2013 Report
(October 2013)

This report describes the work conducted in support of the EISPC’s Energy Zones Study and the development of the Energy Zones Mapping Tool (EZMT) performed by a team of experts from three U.S. Department of Energy’s National Laboratories. The multi-laboratory effort was led by Argonne National Laboratory (Argonne), in collaboration with the National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) and Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL).


Application of the Energy Zones Mapping Tool
(November 2014)

This white paper is intended to provide EISPC Members with an assessment of the potential for using the Energy Zones Mapping Tool (EZMT), developed for EISPC primarily by Argonne National Laboratories, to assist in the evaluation process for siting transmission in sensitive areas such as National Trails. More specifically, EISPC wants to better understand how the EZMT might be used to enhance processes for assessing transmission development in environmentally sensitive areas. 


Study of Long-Term Electric and Natural Gas Infrastructure Requirements in the U.S. Eastern Interconnection
(September 2014)

This EISPC report aims to provide a comprehensive analysis of the potential long-term infrastructure requirements for the electric and natural gas industries, including integration of the operational constraints of both industries into the development of natural gas and electric infrastructure.