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We have a plan
Electricity demand in our province is growing and we have a limited supply available. New sources of generation could be needed within the next 10 years. We need to be ready for whatever the future brings.
Now is the time to work together to manage this energy transition and shape the energy future for all Manitobans.
What you need to know
Here’s what we’ve learned from the IRP process:
Our road map
The 2023 IRP gives us a road map — a collection of things we have learned, near-term actions, and key indicators, or signposts, that we need to monitor to understand how, and how quickly, the energy landscape is changing.
We will implement the road map immediately. This includes developing specific schedules and plans for the next steps, as well as continuing to ensure they are the right ones to pursue.
Our next steps
Our IRP is helping us identify the near-term actions we will take over the next 5 years, including:
The IRP process identified signposts that we will need to monitor to understand the changes that are happening during the energy transition:
Your voice matters
We can’t take these steps alone. We will continue to work together with Manitobans and the energy planning community to navigate the energy transition — that’s our commitment to you.
Learn more about our IRP
An IRP is a tool that utilities use to understand and prepare for future energy needs. Through significant research and discussions with customers, governments, and other interested parties across our province, we studied how the energy transition could impact our natural gas and electricity systems. Then, we built a plan outlining several possible energy futures, or scenarios, along with steps we can take to best monitor and prepare for whatever tomorrow brings.
We are responsible for supplying Manitobans with safe, reliable energy at the lowest possible cost. The energy transition, particularly decarbonization, is increasing demand for electricity — and, we have a limited supply.
Every utility around the world either is, or will be, facing similar challenges as they deal with the energy transition. We must face these challenges head on, and we will use what we’ve learned through the IRP process to plan in advance and make decisions that are in the best interest of all Manitobans.
Our 2023 IRP is the result of two years of work. Through surveys, meetings, workshops and other sessions with customers and interested parties, we engaged over 15,000 people throughout the IRP’s development. We considered a broad range of perspectives to identify factors that could influence Manitoba’s energy needs, then analyzed how those could influence a variety of future scenarios.
Our engagement process
Between fall 2021 and spring 2023, we held 4 rounds of engagement with customers and interested parties to understand their perspectives of future energy needs in Manitoba.
In November 2021 we invited our customers to share their views on electricity and natural gas by completing a survey. Nearly 15,000 of you responded providing valuable insights into your perspectives on future energy choices.
In spring 2022 we continued the conversation with our customers and interested parties about our Integrated Resource Plan. We connected through focused discussions with customers, workshops with specific interested parties and a survey sent to approximately 5,000 email subscribers.
Key inputs & scenarios
Key inputs are the drivers we think will have the most influence on future energy needs. Scenarios are combinations of these key inputs resulting in specific energy scenarios. The videos below describe these important facets to our Integrated Resource Planning and share more information on the process.
In fall 2022 we continued the conversation with our customers and interested parties about our Integrated Resource Plan. We connected through workshops with specific interested parties and update emails sent to approximately 5,000 subscribers.
How we use modelling for integrated resource planning
Modelling is the technical work done to simulate the energy system and study our range of future scenarios. These simulations allow us to understand what may happen in the future and what that may mean for meeting our customers’ evolving energy needs. The videos below describe how modelling fits into energy planning and the analysis we are doing to develop our Integrated Resource Plan.
Initial modelling results
In December 2022, we reached the midway point of our modelling and analysis for the Integrated Resource Plan and began sharing initial results with interested parties. The videos below describe the initial modelling results and observations as well as the next steps to finalize the results.
In spring 2023, we connected with our customers and interested parties for our final round of engagement before completing the Integrated Resource Plan report. Workshops were held with specific interested parties and update emails were sent to approximately 5,000 subscribers. We discussed the completed modelling results, and shared the draft road map which included learnings, near-term actions and signposts.
With the modelling and analysis for the Integrated Resource Plan complete, we began sharing preliminary outcomes with interested parties in April 2023. The videos below provide an update on the modelling and analysis work, the road map and next steps for finalizing the report.
2023 Integrated Resource Plan document library
Read our report
For more information about the Integrated Resource Planning process, email us.