Integrated Resource Planning Study

Location: Louisiana

Client: Lafayette Utilities System

Completion Date: 2011

Burns & McDonnell completed an integrated resource planning (IRP) study for Lafayette Utilities System (LUS) in Lafayette, La. The study included a variety of gas, coal and renewable options for the supply side and numerous demand-side alternatives. The objective of this study was to prepare a long-term strategy for LUS to follow in developing its future options for power supply. Burns & McDonnell performed a cost analysis and compared traditional resource options with renewable alternatives.

  • New power supply planning
  • Existing power supply planning
  • New resource technology assessments
  • Retirement studies
  • Demand-side management analysis
  • Environmental assessments
  • Condition assessments
  • Renewable evaluations
  • Smart grid
  • Load forecast
  • Fueling review
  • Repower
  • Avoided cost

LUS, a department of the Lafayette Consolidated Government, is a system of utilities services for customers in Lafayette, La. Preparation for the IRP study included the development of econometric forecasts of energy requirements by consumers and the evaluation of both supply- and demand-side resource options to meet future requirements.