Utility Planning & Procurement

CRA provides expert support in the development of generation, transmission, and distribution plans, inside and outside of IRPs, and support in the related procurement of assets and commodities.

As electric and gas utilities transition their resource portfolio and electric grids, we help our clients develop and deliver robust plans to drive long-term value. This includes upfront strategic support, scenario and portfolio modeling, system modeling, cost-benefit analysis, economic impact analysis, stakeholder engagement, and regulatory support including expert testimony. We also design and lead procurements for assets and commodities that include power projects, transmission, energy and capacity contracts, and electric vehicle infrastructure.

We have worked with a wide range of utilities in North America to lead industry leading Integrated Resource Plans (IRPs) to transition companies away from fossil fuels while remaining reliable and affordable, to develop T&D modernization plans that enable the two-way grid and downstream customer solutions, and to design structured procurements to ensure a balanced and fair selection process. Our consulting team comprises experts that combine decades of industry experience with best-in-class analytical tools to assist our clients with their most challenging planning portfolio questions and needs.

Our focus areas


  • 01
    MISO interconnection reform
    In response to growing backlogs in its generator interconnection queue, MISO retained CRA regulatory and economic experts to evaluate milestone payments...
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  • 02
    Diligence support to Partners Group in evaluating investment
    A team of CRA Energy consultants provided diligence support to Partners Group in evaluating an investment in Exus, a renewable developer and asset manager....
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  • 03
    Independent evaluation of utility resource RFPs 
    To support the procurement of capacity, energy, and associated renewable energy credits, CRA’s client, a large midwestern investor-owned utility, identified...
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