SWEPCO established a stakeholder engagement process, pursuant to APSC rules providing for broad participation in the planning or review process before the plan is submitted to the APSC. SWEPCOâ€™s three objectives for the stakeholder engagement process are:
- Listen: Understand resource planning concerns and objectives of stakeholders.
- Inform: Increase stakeholder understanding of the IRP process, key assumptions and the challenges facing SWEPCO and the electric utility industry.
- Consider: Provide a forum for productive stakeholder feedback at key points in the IRP process to inform SWEPCO's resource planning decision making.
A Stakeholder Committee meeting was held virtually on September 15, 2021. During the meeting, SWEPCO provided an overview of utility objectives, assumptions and estimated needs, and responded to questions. The Committee met separately to begin work on a Stakeholder Committee report which is included in the final Integrated Resource Plan document.