On September 9 the California Community Choice Association (CalCCA) sent a letter to Governor Newsom outlining recommendations regarding grid reliability. The letter, outlined in this news release, requests that the Governor take immediate action to improve the reliability of the state’s electric system, and to initiate longer term processes for improving reliability.
In addition to asserting that California should begin to take steps to increase reliability through action in the regulatory, legislative, and federal arenas, CalCCA’s more specific recommendations include:
- The governor appoint an Independent Review Panel to consider the results of a root-cause investigation of the conditions that led CAISO to initiate rotating outages on Aug. 14 and 15;
- The CPUC should continue to ensure adequate supplies will be in place for summer 2021 requirements and beyond through the procurement track of the Integrated Resource Planning (IRP) process and review its import restrictions in the context of the recent emergency events;
- The CPUC should also use the IRP process to refine needs for the 2024-2026 timeframe. CalCCA supported the CPUC’s 3,300-megawatt (MW) procurement order in 2019 and recommends analysis to identify any incremental near-term procurements beyond the current 3,300 MW order;
- CalCCA also recommends using the IRP process in the coming months to “better refine” technical needs, such as capacity, energy, and evening ramp resources, and to establish a fair process to allocate those resources to load serving entities for procurement action;
- The CPUC should develop a deeper understanding of import resource availability and institutional barriers to securing firm import resources and provide incentives and regulations for customer-side-of-the-meter infrastructure to act as supply-side energy and capacity resources;
- The state’s legislature should enact the provisions of AB 3014, a bill that failed to be enacted in the immediate past legislative session, which would establish a Central Reliability Authority responsible for planning and coordinating the state’s resource adequacy with CAISO and, where necessary, procuring backstop supply;
- Support the expansion of the federal Investment Tax Credit to standalone energy storage resources and the removal of charging restrictions currently limiting the flexibility of battery energy storage to support the state’s ramping and peak needs.
For more information visit CalCCA.