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Electric Utility Strategic Planning at the PUCT: An Overview
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In response to legislative mandates and increasing public concern over utility planning and conservation efforts, the Public Utility Commission of Texas (PUCT) has sought to establish a comprehensive strategic planning program designed to provide an enhanced understanding of the state's electric power industry, assist in anticipating future problems and opportunities, and provide policy-makers with information and recommendations. A number of new "forward-looking" research projects have been established at the PUCT over the past three years with considerable success. This paper provides a broad overview of electric utility strategic planning activities at the PUCT, concentrating on each project's objectives, methodology, and relationship to other projects. The role of planning activities at a regulatory agency will be discussed. It is argued that planning projects at a regulatory agency can provide an invaluable validity check on a utility's planning programs, as well as a source of guidance, objective information, and new ideas. However, a regulatory agency's planning programs should not be relied upon to supplant any major part of a utility' s planning responsibilities.
SubjectPublic Utility Commission of Texas (PUCT)
Strategic Planning Program
Zarnikau, J. (1987). Electric Utility Strategic Planning at the PUCT: An Overview. Energy Systems Laboratory (http://esl.eslwin.tamu.edu). Available electronically from