EIRP Timeline Adjustments

May 12, 2020 Update: Thank you to everyone who has engaged in OUC’s Electric Integrated Resource Plan (EIRP). Due to the impact of COVID-19, we are temporarily pausing the EIRP process. We feel it is in the best interest of our customers, employees and community to redirect our focus to recovery, reentry and hurricane preparation activities. This will also allow time to hold the EIRP Commission Workshop in public as planned.

Another update will be posted here after our August 11, 2020, Commission meeting.

If you have any questions or comments about this announcement, please email ouceirp@essensepartners.com

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Consolidated Community Forum Questions

The following includes responses to common questions asked by attendees during OUC’s EIRP Community Forums held at various locations in December 2019 and January 2020. If you have additional questions not answered below, please email ouceirp@essensepartners.com. Thank you for your continued participation in the EIRP process.

EIRP Questions

Advisory Council

  • 1. Who is on the Advisory Council and how were they selected?

    The OUC EIRP Advisory Council is 12-member volunteer group – nominated by elected City and County Commissioners from Orange and Osceola counties and the Cities of Orlando and St. Cloud – who represent a cross-section of our community. The role of the Advisory Council, as advisors, educators and a connection point to the communities they represent, is to serve as a voice for all stakeholder groups.

Attributes

Carbon Offsets

General EIRP

Generation Sources

Portfolio Development

  • 1. How are the conditions related to the pathways?

    “Pathways” and “Conditions” are separate and complimentary ways to determine the optimal candidate technologies. “Pathways” assume that net zero carbon or other environmental objectives will be achieved. “Conditions” analyze the impact of external drivers (also called states of the world) such as increasing regulation, technological innovations and economic downturns to understand the impacts on customer demand and available supply resources.

  • 2. How does OUC’s approach compare to other utilities?

    OUC’s approach is consistent with industry standards and best practices including identifying objectives/attributes, developing portfolio candidates/pathways and conditions, and rigorously testing each candidate/pathway and conditions across a broad range of market and regulatory conditions. Leading utilities are using net-zero as an approach to reduce emissions while reliably serving customers.

  • 3. What does OUC expect to be included in the final portfolio mix?

    The EIRP is taking into consideration a wide variety of candidate generation technologies. The results of the EIRP will help determine the final portfolio mix.

  • 4. How will the EIRP take into account unforeseen circumstances and technological advances?

    Uncertainty in future natural gas prices, energy demand, environmental costs, technology advances and prices, and other “conditions” will be quantified in the EIRP analyses by rigorously testing Pathways across a broad range of market and regulatory conditions. Additionally, the EIRP will be revisited approximately every five years as technology, regulations, and other variables change.

Siemens Involvement

  • 1. How is Siemens Energy Business Advisory related to Siemens AG?

    Siemens Energy Business Advisory is a subsidiary of Siemens AG with a fiduciary responsibility to its clients to remain independent of Siemens AG. Siemens Energy Business Advisory has executed a client confidentiality agreement with OUC and as such is bound by these terms including disclosure of OUC EIRP information with other parts of Siemens AG.

Stakeholder Engagement

  • 1. How is OUC collecting input from all stakeholder groups? How will that input be incorporated into the EIRP?

    Information is being collected through a diverse engagement approach that includes community forums, an on-line education and survey and the establishment of an Advisory Council. The online survey and community forums serve as open platforms for community members and customers to be educated and provide direct input. Both groups are given the same baseline level of education about the EIRP and the objectives that will impact the final portfolio.

    The Advisory Council serves as the connection point to OUC’s stakeholder groups and ensures we are getting representative feedback from those groups. The Advisory Council will make a final recommendation to OUC on the four attribute weightings that represent all stakeholders.

  • 2. How can community members help OUC achieve the 2050 goal?

    Each and every member of our community plays an integral role in helping OUC achieve its energy goals. Beyond participating and contributing in the EIRP process, each and every resident can do their part by following very simple conservation tips, such as turning off lights when you leave a room, setting your thermostat at 78 degrees, as well as shifting energy usage to non-peak hours. More tips like these are available at https://www.ouc.com/residential/save-energy-water-money/energy-conservation-tips.

  • 3. How were the community forums publicized?

    The EIRP community forums were publicized through a variety of channels, including the customer newsletter, Connections, OUC and City of Orlando social media channels, the OUConnect blog, OUC eNews, City of Orlando eNews and various media outlets, including the Orlando Sentinel.

    Based on the popularity of the first round of community meetings held in December, 2019, two additional forums were publicized through the same channels excluding media outlets and held in January 2020.

  • 4. Will there be additional community forums to ensure other impacted communities have a chance to learn about the EIRP and share their feedback?

    There are no additional community forums planned. However, the June EIRP Commission Workshop will be noticed and open to the public.

OUC General Questions

Meters/Net-Metering

OUC Service

Renewables/Solar

Stanton

  • 1. Where is the Stanton plant? Does it include nuclear power?

    The Stanton Energy Center is located in east Orange County on 3,200 acres with an approximate 2,000-acre nature preserve. Stanton Energy Center does not include nuclear power. It does generate power using a diverse mix of renewable and non-renewable resources – including solar, coal, natural gas and landfill gas.

  • 2. How will Stanton transition to generating renewable energy? How will it affect employees?

    The EIRP, to be released in June 2020, will outline how OUC will meet the 2050 renewable energy goals. The utility industry has been undergoing major transition as new technologies such as renewable energy production and energy storage resources become commercially available and more affordable. While these technologies do not offer a one-to-one transfer in skillsets, they do open up new career pathways that were not necessarily available previously as the managing of these grid resources becomes more complex. OUC’s leadership team is committed to training employees and is working to identify what those skill requirements are through our Workforce of the Future initiative.

Underground Powerlines

  • 1. Is OUC considering installing powerlines underground?

    Approximately 65 percent of OUC’s electric distribution powerlines are underground. Since the early 1980s, it has been OUC’s policy to install underground utilities for new residential construction projects. For areas with existing overhead lines, OUC engineers can work with neighborhoods to determine the cost feasibility of installing underground lines. These costs are typically the responsibility of the area’s home and business owners.

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