CRA Helps Liberty Utilities Develop Their Integrated Resource Plan

BOSTON–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Charles River Associates (NASDAQ: CRAI), a worldwide leader in providing economic, financial, and management consulting services, today announced CRA supported Empire District Electric Company, now Liberty Utilities, in the development of its Integrated Resource Plan (IRP), which calls for the planned replacement of a coal-fired power plant with a combination of wind, solar, storage, and distributed resource investments.

Liberty Utilities filed its 2019 IRP with the Missouri Public Service Commission on June 28.

CRA Vice President Jim McMahon stated, “Liberty’s resource plan reflects the changing planning environment for utilities today. The utility is planning to retire a smaller coal-fired unit that is struggling to compete with lower cost resources in the market and plans to replace that capacity primarily with wind, solar, and storage. Liberty is also planning investments in distributed resource technology where certain substation investments may be avoided as a result.”

Liberty held multiple stakeholder meetings throughout the year-long process. Stakeholders provided valuable input on energy efficiency, resource options, and grid modernization. McMahon further stated, “The stakeholder input and feedback was critical to the plan’s development. Recommendations from stakeholders were directly reflected in resource choices and ultimately helped guide the preferred plan selection.”

The utility’s filing can be found at

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