The Systems Analysis Advisory Committee will review the Council’s computer models and provide advice on their further development. Specifically, it will examine models used to assist in the selection of the resources to include in Council power plans. The Council is required to identify a resource plan as part of its regular review of regional electrical power requirements.
Six years have passed since a Council advisory committee examined the Regional Portfolio Model (RPM), the principal model behind resource selection in the last two power plans. In the meantime, the model has grown and matured significantly. The unique nature of the RPM makes it challenging to keep opinion leaders abreast of RPM changes and enhancements. The model has also become more conspicuous as its results have become of greater consequence to regional utilities, to their commissions, and to their boards. Council members are concerned that some in the industry have raised questions about how the model works, how the results from the model are being interpreted, and whether in fact the RPM is the right tool for addressing Council policy questions. Finally, Council staff is taking steps to make the full model and its associated technology available to others. Such change, however, means restructuring the RPM. The perspective of those who might adopt the transformed model is therefore useful and timely.
SAAC members are chosen for a high level of technical expertise or industry leadership. They represent diverse constituencies, including public and private utilities, commissions, energy consultants, and consumer agencies. Each of the four states represented on the Council have participation in the SAAC. With their participation, SAAC members will develop a deeper understanding of the methods the Council employs to arrive at resource plan recommendations and will be able to suggest changes to make the model more applicable to their own planning. As is the case with all Council advisory committee meetings, attendance is open to the general public.