NREL Webinar: How Are Utilities Incorporating Solar Generation in Resource Planning?

January 14, 2014

Today’s utility planners have a different market and economic context than their predecessors, including planning for the growth of renewable energy. State and federal support policies, solar photovoltaic (PV) price declines, and the introduction of new business models for solar PV “ownership” are leading to increasing interest in solar technologies, especially PV.

In this free webinar, you will hear how utilities are incorporating solar generation into their resource planning processes.

Analysts from the National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) and the Solar Electric Power Association (SEPA) will share findings from their recent report Treatment of Solar Generation in Electric Utility Resource Planning. Specifically, this webinar will provide an overview of:

  • How utilities conduct resource planning activities
  • The benefits and challenges of incorporating solar generation into resource planning processes
  • Potential analysis options for more accurately incorporating solar generation into utility long-term planning processes
  • Utility analysis needs that would better inform solar supply planning.


  • Karlynn Cory, Manager – Technology Systems and Utility Analysis, NREL
  • John Sterling, Director of Utility Strategy, SEPA
  • Mike Taylor, Director of Research, SEPA
  • Joyce McLaren, Senior Energy Analyst, NREL

Date:     Tuesday, January 14

Time:     2:00-3:00 p.m. Eastern Standard Time

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Conference number: PW3434334

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