OUC’s customers have not been allowed a reasonable and fair opportunity to review the draft EIRP.
OUC could remain heavily dependent on fossilfired generation for another two decades if Stanton Units 1 and 2 are converted to burn natural gas in 2025 and 2027 as proposed in the EIRP’s Optimal Portfolio.
OUC should re-evaluate whether its CO2 reduction goals are aggressive enough.
The Orlando Utilities Commission (OUC) has released a draft Electric Integrated Resource Plan (EIRP) to develop a pathway for transitioning to a more sustainable energy future. OUC is to be commended for preparing this draft EIRP, but it has set an unjustifiably short period for its customers to review that draft. Moreover, OUC so far has been unwilling to require its consultant, Siemens PTI, to provide the workpapers and data underlying the analyses in the EIRP. Thus, it is simply impossible to provide complete comments at this time. Moreover, it appears OUC is committed to maintaining its dependence on fossil fuels, a strategy that will make it difficult to achieve the needed transition to no-carbon fuels.
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