Semester of Graduation
Electrical and Computer Engineering
First Major Professor
Dr. Ian Dobson
Master of Science (MS)
The Midcontinent Independent System Operator (MISO) is responsible for the operation and planning of the electric transmission grid for 15 states in the middle section of the United States. Every year, MISO produces forward looking scenarios called Futures to help economically evaluate transmission additions. These Futures attempt to capture uncertainty in the energy industry with high conﬁdence over a 20 year planning cycle. In order to test the robustness of these Futures, Integrated Resource Plans (IRPs) were collected and examined from the stakeholder utilities in MISO’s footprint. An IRP is an electric utility’s long-term plan for their resource needs to meet future electric demand. The generation additions in these plans were summed and compared against the Futures, which showed that the Futures were under projecting renewable generation. In order to measure the historical accuracy of IRPs, previously ﬁled IRPs of stakeholder utilities were collected and examined to compare their projections of their 2019 capacity and energy mixes vs their actual 2019 capacity and energy mixes. The older IRPs were found to have on average under projected renewable generation and over projected coal generation.
Eilers, Joe, "Testing the Robustness of Electric Transmission Expansion Plans of an Independent System Operator" (2020). Creative Components. 490.