CPX Regulatory Update for May 14, 2020

Due to the COVID19 crisis, the CPUC is holding its meetings remotely. They have initiated a COVID19 information page on their website that contains information relevant to the regulated community. Here is the Remote Meeting Notice from CPUC:

Pursuant to Executive Order N-29-20, paragraph 3, that was issued on 3/17/20 Commissioners may participate remotely from teleconferencing locations. The public may observe, provide public comments during the public comment period, and otherwise participate remotely pursuant to the Bagley-Keene Open Meeting Act as described below.

For each agenda item, a summary of the proposed action is included on the agenda as well as a link to the related electronic document; the Commission’s decision may, however differ from that proposed. Public Comments are taken up at the beginning of the meeting (10am). To listen or make comments not to exceed three minutes by phone, dial 1-800-857-1917 and enter passcode 92105. Alternatively, you mail email brief written comments (which do not exceed three minutes when read aloud) to 05072020VotingMeetingComments@cpuc.ca.gov and our Public Advisor may read your comments out loud to the meeting if time permits.

Written comments must be received prior to 10:00 a.m. to be read aloud. Comments that are not able to be read aloud, or are received after the deadline, will be circulated to the Commissioners. Individuals wishing to observe the meeting can do so by accessing our website at http://www.adminmonitor.com/ca/cpuc/


Brief Notes:

  • On April 23, CPUC held a workshop on COVID-19 impacts on Customer-Oriented Clean Energy Programs. A recording and workshop-related materials can be accessed on THIS PAGE.
  • The next CPUC voting meeting takes place on May 21. See AGENDA. For the livestream, click HERE.
  • We continue to monitor wildfire and PG&E bankruptcy-related proceedings but no longer report on those items on a regular basis. We will report occasionally on any significant developments.

Updates on proceedings we are tracking

Below is a numbered list of the regulatory proceedings we are tracking, followed by a brief summary of background information, new or recent developments, and Climate Center filings, if any, for each of the proceedings.

Note that the following summaries are intended as very brief highlights of selected key actions and activities. For details on any of these proceedings, we suggest logging in to the relevant proceeding page on the CPUC’s website. An expedient way to do that is to click on the proceeding number below or visit CPUC’s Documents Page. Please contact us at info[at]cleanpowerexhange.org to report any errors or broken links.

  1. SB 1339 Microgrid Rulemaking 19-09-009
  2. Self Generation Incentive Program (SGIP) 12-11-005
  3. Power Charge Indifference Adjustment (PCIA)  17-06-026
  4. Resource Adequacy (RA) 17-09-020
  5. Integrated Resource Plans (IRP) 16-02-007
  6. Renewables Portfolio Standard (RPS) 18-07-003
  7. Integrated Distributed Energy Resources 4-10-003
  8. NEM Successor Tariff 14-07-002

 

Closed proceedings that matter:

  • CCA Rulemaking 03-10-003– This was the rulemaking that defined all the rules pursuant to AB 117, the original California CCA law
  • CCA Bond and Re-Entry Fees 18-05-022– This is the proceeding that re-set the bond required to be posted by CCAs in the event that the CCA fails and customers are returned to the incumbent utility

Summaries:

 

  1. SB 1339 Microgrid Rulemaking R.19-09-009

The Climate Center is a Party to this proceeding. The Climate Center’s Advanced Community Energy program received a boost with the April 29th  Proposed Decision issued by the California Public Utility Commission (CPUC) which included many of the suggestions that The Climate Center and Partner organizations had been making in the CPUC’s microgrid proceeding about how to support local governments in addressing climate and enhancing resilience.

The Proposed Decision directed the state’s Investor Owned Utilities to:

  • conduct meetings to educate and inform local government agencies on vulnerable electric transmission and distribution infrastructure as well as critical operations that service local jurisdictions;
  • develop a resilience project guide;
  • assist local governments in navigating interconnection processes for deploying a resilience project;
  • dedicate staff to manage the intake of local resilience projects;
  • create a data portal for local governments to review data essential for microgrid and resilience project development.

After final CPUC approval of the proposed decision – expected this summer – it should become easier for local governments to access the data they need to engage in Community Energy Resilience planning, part of The Climate Center’s Climate-Safe California campaign.

Key Documents:

Recent Developments:

  • April 29 – Proposed Decision Adopting Short-Term Actions to Accelerate Microgrid Deployment and Related Resiliency Solutions. A special note here: This Proposed CPUC Decision reflects a formal embrace by the CPUC of several key ACE principles that The Climate Center and partner organizations have been advocating for regarding the pivotal role of local governments.
  • April 13 – Ruling Granting Motions of Southern California Edison and San Diego Gas & Electric but Granting and Denying in Part Pacific Gas and Electric’s Motion(s)
  • March 23 – Utility Dive Article: PG&E, SCE abandon big microgrid plans for temporary emergency measures as wildfire season nears.
  • March 19 – The Climate Center participated in an Ex Parte communication with CPUC staff
  • January 30 – Climate Center comments on R.19-09-009 Microgrid Track 1 Proceeding

Next Steps: Summer 2020 – Track 1 concludes.

  1. Self-Generation Incentive Program (SGIP)

Key Documents:

Recent Developments:

  • April 1 – The application window for the new SGIP incentives levels opened, following up on the CPUC’s Decision in January (see below) authorizing adding funds to SGIP’s energy storage budgets. Of particular note, the newly-created Equity Resiliency Budget ($513M) provides enhanced SGIP incentives for on-site residential and non-residential storage systems for low-income, vulnerable customers in high-risk fire threat districts (HFTD) or those who have been affected by PSPS events. The new SGIP Decision also created a $0.15/Wh resiliency adder for non-residential customers with critical resilience needs such as police stations, fire stations, hospitals, etc. Additional information is available in the new SGIP Handbook.
  • February 6, 2020 – Decision granting Petition for Modification of Decision 11-09-015 and Decision 16-06-055 concerning SGIP application requirements; this Decision closed the 12-11-005 proceeding. A new SGIP proceeding is expected to be opened later this year.
  • January 27, 2020 – Decision in Self-Generation Incentive Program – revisions pursuant to SB 700 and other program changes

Next Steps:

 

  1. Power Charge Indifference Adjustment (PCIA)  17-06-026

Key Documents:

Recent Developments:

  • March 26, 2020 – Final Decision 20-03-019 on Load Departure and PCIA line on bills. Adopts no changes to load forecasts. CalCCA advocated for a probabilistic approach to load forecasts. Changes in specific proceedings possible. CPUC acknowledges that IOUs utilize the Clean Power Exchange map/database but declines to order its use citing the need for further scrutiny of the sources and reliability of the data in this database. CalCCA opposes use of CPX data because it is maintained by a third party, may not be up-to-date, and does not reflect binding CCA commitments.
  • March 17 – CalCCA Opening Comments on Proposed Decision
  • February 25 Proposed Decision
  • January 22, ALJ Ruling to modify the proceeding schedule for Working Group Three

Next Steps:

  • Q2 2020 – Resolution of Working Group 3 issues

 

 

  1. Resource Adequacy (RA) 17-09-020 and R.19-11-009

Key Documents:

  • Track 1: Revisions to RA import rules
  • Track 2: 2021 System and Flex RA. 2021-2023 Local RA
  • Track 3: Structural changes to RA program
  • Track 4: 2022 System and Flex RA. 2022-2024 Local RA
  • October 2017 – Order Instituting Rulemaking

Recent Developments:

  • April 2, 2020 – Ruling modifying Track 2 schedule for local capacity a flexible capacity requirement issues
  • January 22, 2020 Commissioner’s Scoping Ruling
  • January 14, 2020 – Assigned Commissioner’s Ruling on Energy Division’s Resource Adequacy State of the Market Report [Energy Division’s second Resource Adequacy State of the Market report is attached to this ruling as Appendix A]
  • December 23. 2019 – Order granting CalCCA’s request for a stay of 19-10-021 (Decision Affirming Resource Adequacy Import Rules)

Background: The RA program is designed to provide adequate electric resources to CAISO to ensure safe and reliable operation of the grid, and to provide appropriate incentives for the siting and construction of new resources needed for reliability. This proceeding has been divided into three Tracks due to the complexity of the issues involved.

 

  1. Integrated Resource Plans (IRP) 16-02-007

Key Documents:

Recent Developments:

  • April 6, 2020 – Decision 20-03-26 adopts an optimal portfolio, known as the Reference System Portfolio (RSP), to be used by all load-serving entities (LSEs) required to file individual integrated resource plans (IRPs) in 2020.
  • January 3, 2020 – Administrative Law Judge’s Final Baseline Ruling finalizing a baseline for purposes of procurement required by Decision 19-11-016

Background: The IRP proceeding is an umbrella planning proceeding to consider all of the CPUC’s electric procurement policies and programs. The goal is to provide a safe, reliable, and cost-effective electricity supply while complying with SB 350 mandates for LSE energy resource portfolios. LSEs will be required to file individual IRPs, which will then be considered in developing a Preferred System Plan (PSP).

 

  1. Renewables Portfolio Standard (RPS) 18-07-003

Key Documents

Recent Developments:

Background: The RPS proceeding implements Senate Bills 350 (2015) and 100 (2018) that requires all load serving entities to increase their procurement of renewable power to 33% 2020, 44% by 2024, 52% by 2027, and 60% by 2030. The current proceeding is the successor to R.15-02-020.

 

  1. Integrated Distributed Energy Resources 4-10-003

No new developments.

Key Documents:

Background: Since 2007, the Commission has sought to integrate demand-side energy solutions and technologies through utility program offerings. Decision (D.07-10-032) directs that utilities “integrate customer demand-side programs, such as energy efficiency, self-generation, advanced metering, and demand response, in a coherent and efficient manner.” The Commission’s IDER Action Plan published in 2016 remains in draft form.

 

  1. Net Energy Metering (NEM) Successor Tariff 14-07-002

Key Documents:

Recent Updates: No recent updates. The NEM successor tariff had been expected to be initiated in 2019. It wasn’t.

Background: Pursuant to direction in the NEM Successor Tariff Decision, the Commission was supposed to have reviewed the NEM successor tariff some time in 2019, when the proceedings related to distributed energy resources were to have been completed and after default TOU rates were implemented. Energy Division staff had planned to explore compensation structures for customer-sited distributed generation other than NEM, as well as consider an export compensation rate that takes into account locational and time-differentiated values. On April 26, 2019, the Energy Division distributed a Revised Solar Information Packet to service list R.14-07-002 and R.12-11-005.  The Energy Division asked for written comments about the content of the Revised Solar Information Packet and implementation approach.  The deadlines for submitting written comments has passed. If you have questions contact Kerry Fleisher at the CPUC Energy Division: Kerry.Fleisher@cpuc.ca.gov


 

CPX Legislative Update for May 14, 2020

CPX LEGISLATIVE UPDATE – May 14, 2020

The legislature has resumed hearings as of May 4, albeit in a modified version pursuant to the Governor’s Executive Order N-25-20.   Something that you might find helpful is that the legislature has released revised schedules for the remainder of the session.  For the Assembly schedule, click HERE.  For the Senate schedule, click HERE.

Although the two bills we sponsored this year to advance community energy resilience and utility reform did not survive the Covid disruption, we will be back in 2021. In the meantime please review and endorse our Climate Safe California initiative if you like what you see.

Below is the list of several, but not all of the key bills that we are tracking listed in bill number numerical order, including bills on which The Climate Center has taken a public position. For a complete list of the 126 bills we are currently tracking in 2020, click HERE. Our next update will be published here on May 28. Please send updates, suggestions, corrections to woody@theclimatecenter.org


 

Bills we are tracking:

 

Assembly Bills

 

AB 345 (Muratsuchi) SUPPORT – This bill will, if enacted, establish regulations to protect public health and safety near oil and gas extraction facilities,  including a minimum setback distance between oil and gas activities and sensitive receptors such as schools, childcare facilities, playgrounds, residences, hospitals, and health clinics. See The Climate Center’s Letter of Support. STATUS: In the Senate. Read first time. Sent to the Senate Rules Committee for assignment to a policy committee.

 

AB 1839 (Bonta) WATCH – The “Green New Deal” bill. Introduced on January 6, this bill would create the California Green New Deal Council with a specified membership appointed by the Governor. The bill would require the California Green New Deal Council to submit a specified report to the Legislature no later than January 1, 2022. So far the plan is scant on specifics including how goals will be met or how much the State will pay to meet those goals. STATUS: In Asm, referred to Comm. on Natural Resources. on 4/24

 

AB 1847 (Levine) WATCH – This bill would authorize the CPUC (contingent on the Commission finding that an electrical corporation is not complying with State law, rules, or regulations) to appoint a public administrator to the electrical corporation for a period not to exceed 180 days. The bill would vest the public administrator with oversight authority over the electrical corporation’s activities that impact public safety. See the bill author’s factsheet. STATUS: In the Assembly Utilities & Energy Committee. No hearing date set.

 

AB 2145 (Ting) WATCH – This bill would state the intent of the legislature to enact legislation to reform the electric vehicle charging infrastructure approval process employed by the CPUC to help ensure that by 2030 California will safely install enough EV charging ports to meet the demand through public and private investment. STATUS: In Assembly, referred to the Asm U&E committee on 4/24.

 

AB 2689 (Kalra) Support – This bill updates Investor-Owned Utility (IOU) confidentiality provisions to allow a broader range of market experts to participate in complex IOU cost recovery proceedings and supports California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC) oversight to protect customers from unreasonable or unjustified IOU rate increases. California IOU electric generation rates have increased 49% since 2013. Between 2008 and 2018, IOU customer rates doubled from $29.3 billion to $59.3 billion per year. AB 2689 would result in greater IOU accountability and improved consumer protection, safety, and affordability. The California Community Choice Association is a sponsor of this bill. STATUS: Referred to the Asm U&E committee on 4/24.

 

AB 2789 (Kamlager) WATCH – This bill would appropriate $1,500,000 and require the CPUC, in consultation with the CA Energy Commission, to request the California Council on Science and Technology to undertake and complete a study, as specified, relative to electrical grid outages and cost avoidance resulting from deployment of eligible renewable energy resources, battery storage systems, and demand response technologies. The bill would require the PUC to report the results of the study to the Legislature by January 1, 2022. STATUS: Awaiting a hearing in the Assembly Utilities and Energy Committee.

 

AB 3014 (Muratsuchi) WATCH – This bill aims to improve the reliability of California electric supply by reforming the State’s resource adequacy (RA) program. Specifically, this bill creates the Central Reliability Authority (CRA), a non-profit public benefit corporation, to purchase residual RA needed to meet state requirements while still allowing load-serving entities (LSEs), such as Community Choice Agencies (CCAs), to maintain their procurement autonomy. The newly created CRA also reduces costly RA purchases currently undertaken by the California Independent System Operator (CAISO) and greatly enhances the RA market. The California Community Choice Association is a sponsor of this bill. STATUS: Referred to the Asm U&E committee on 4/24.

 

AB 3021 (Ting) SUPPORT – Read The Climate Center’s SUPPORT LETTER. This bill would appropriate $300,000,000 per fiscal year in the 2020–21, 2021–22, and 2022–23 fiscal years from the General Fund to the California Energy Commission to administer a program to provide resiliency grant funding and technical assistance to local educational agencies for the installation of energy storage systems. STATUS: Double-referred to Education and Natural Resources committees.

 

AB 3214 Limón SUPPORT – Increased penalties for oil & gas spills. Read the SUPPORT LETTER The Climate Center signed on to.

 

AB 3251 (Bauer-Kahan) – This bill has been withdrawn by the author. It would have required that charging of energy storage systems be treated as load in calculations for demand response programs, and that capacity from energy storage systems installed on the customer side of the meter be allowed to be aggregated for purposes of determining resource adequacy capacity; and electricity exported to the grid from the customer side of the meter be allowed to count toward the capacity obligations of load-serving entities. Basically a virtual power plant bill. STATUS: WITHDRAWN by author.


Senate Bills

 

SB 45 (Allen, et al) SUPPORT – Dubbed the “Wildfire Prevention, Safe Drinking Water, Drought Preparation, and Flood Protection Bond Act of 2020.” This is a proposed $5.51 billion general obligation bond to be placed on the November 3, 2020 statewide general election. Specifically, $570 million will be made available for climate resiliency initiatives including microgrids, distributed generation, storage systems, in-home backup power, and community resiliency centers such as cooling centers, clean air centers, hydration stations, and emergency shelters. STATUS: Passed out of Senate, in the Assembly, held at the desk.

 

SB 378 (Wiener) WATCH – Would establish customer and local government protections related to Public Safety Power Shutoff (PSPS) incidents. Specifically, the bill requires IOUs to provide annual reports to the Wildfire Safety Division within the CPUC on the condition of their electrical equipment and provide maintenance logs to assess fire safety risk. The bill also requires the CPUC to develop procedures for consumers and local governments to recover costs from IOUs accrued during PSPS events, improves PSPS notification procedures, and makes IOUs subject to civil fines if the CPUC determines that the IOU failed to act in a reasonable and prudent manner. STATUS: In the Assembly, pending committee referral.

 

SB 774 (Stern) WATCH – SB 774 would require IOUs to collaborate with the State’s Office of Emergency of Services and others to identify where back-up electricity sources may provide increased electrical distribution grid resiliency and would allow the IOUs to file applications with the CPUC to invest in, and deploy, microgrids to increase resiliency. Concerns focus on too much control being placed in the hands of the IOUs over microgrid development when other LSEs and stakeholders can and should play a role. STATUS: In the Assembly committee process with no committee assignment and no hearing date.

 

SB 1215 (Stern) SUPPORT – SB 1215, the “California Emergency Services Act” establishes the Office of Emergency Services in the office of the Governor and provides that the office is responsible for the state’s emergency and disaster response services for natural, technological, or manmade disasters and emergencies. Creates a grant program for microgrids. STATUS: In Senate, double-referred to the Governmental Organization and Energy Committees. (Support letter pending)

 

SB 1258 (Stern) SUPPORT – Titled the California Climate Technology and Infrastructure Financing Act, this bill would enact the California Climate Technology and Infrastructure Financing Act to require the California Infrastructure Bank (IBank), in consultation with specified agencies to administer the Climate Catalyst Revolving Fund, which the bill would establish to provide financial assistance to eligible climate catalyst projects. STATUS: In the Senate Business, Professions and Economic Development Committee. (Support letter pending)

 

 

 

Regulatory Update for April 30, 2020

Coronavirus Message:

Due to the COVID19 crisis, the CPUC is holding its meetings remotely. They have initiated a COVID19 information page on their website that contains information relevant to the regulated community. Here is the Remote Meeting Notice from CPUC:

Pursuant to Executive Order N-29-20, paragraph 3, that was issued on March 17, 2020, Commissioners may participate remotely from teleconferencing locations. The public may observe, provide public comments during the public comment period, and otherwise participate remotely pursuant to the Bagley-Keene Open Meeting act as described below. For each agenda item, a summary of the proposed action is included on the agenda as well as a link to the related electronic document; the Commission’s decision may, however differ from that proposed. Public Comments are taken up at the beginning of the meeting (10am). To listen or make comments not to exceed three minutes by phone, dial 1-800-857-1917 and enter passcode 92105. Alternatively, you mail email brief written comments (which do not exceed three minutes when read aloud) to 05072020VotingMeetingComments@cpuc.ca.gov and our Public Advisor may read your comments out loud to the meeting if time permits. Written comments must be received prior to 10:00 a.m. to be read aloud. Comments that are not able to be read aloud, or are received after the deadline, will be circulated to the Commissioners. Individuals wishing to observe the meeting can do so by accessing our website at http://www.adminmonitor.com/ca/cpuc/

Brief Notes:
  • On April 23, CPUC held a workshop on COVID-19 impacts on Customer-Oriented Clean Energy Programs. A recording and workshop-related materials can be accessed on THIS PAGE.
  • The next CPUC voting meeting takes place on May 7. See AGENDA. For the livestream, click HERE.
  • We continue to monitor wildfire and PG&E bankruptcy-related proceedings but no longer report on those items on a regular basis. We will report occasionally on any significant developments.
Updates on proceedings we are tracking

Below is a numbered list of the regulatory proceedings we are tracking, followed by a brief summary of background information, new or recent developments, and Climate Center filings, if any, for each of the proceedings. Recently we removed several proceedings from those that we are reporting on, although we continue to monitor them in case any issues arise that demand attention. Proceedings that we have removed from the reporting list include: I.15-08-019, R.14-08-013, R.12-02-2009, and R.19-03-009.

Note that the following summaries are intended as very brief highlights of selected key actions and activities. For details on any of these proceedings, we suggest logging in to the relevant proceeding page on the CPUC’s website. An expedient way to do that is to click on the proceeding number below or visit CPUC’s Documents Page. Please contact us at info[at]cleanpowerexhange.org to report any errors or broken links.

 

Regulatory Proceedings we are monitoring:
  1. SB 1339 Microgrid Rulemaking R.19-09-009
  2. Self Generation Incentive Program (SGIP) R.12-11-005
  3. Power Charge Indifference Adjustment (PCIA)  17-06-026
  4. Resource Adequacy (RA) 17-09-020
  5. Integrated Resource Plans (IRP) 16-02-007
  6. Renewables Portfolio Standard (RPS) 18-07-003
  7. Integrated Distributed Energy Resources 4-10-003
  8. NEM Successor Tariff 14-07-002
Closed proceedings that matter:
  • CCA Rulemaking 03-10-003 – This was the rulemaking that defined all the rules pursuant to AB 117, the original California CCA law
  • CCA Bond and Re-Entry Fees 18-05-022 – This is the proceeding that re-set the bond required to be posted by CCAs in the event that the CCA fails and customers are returned to the incumbent utility

Summaries:

 

1. SB 1339 Microgrid Rulemaking R.19-09-009

The Climate Center is a Party to this proceeding.

Key Documents:

Recent Developments:

  • April 29 – Proposed Decision Adopting Short-Term Actions to Accelerate Microgrid Deployment and Related Resiliency Solutions. A special note here: This Proposed CPUC Decision reflects a formal embrace by the CPUC of several key ACE principles that The Climate Center and partner organizations have been advocating for regarding the pivotal role of local governments.
  • April 13 – Ruling Granting Motions of Southern California Edison and San Diego Gas & Electric but Granting and Denying in Part Pacific Gas and Electric’s Motion(s)
  • March 23 – Utility Dive Article: PG&E, SCE abandon big microgrid plans for temporary emergency measures as wildfire season nears.
  • March 19 – The Climate Center participated in an Ex Parte communication with CPUC staff
  • January 30 – Climate Center comments on R.19-09-009 Microgrid Track 1 Proceeding

Next Steps: Summer 2020 – Track 1 concludes.

2. Self Generation Incentive Program (SGIP)

Key Documents:

Recent Developments:

  • April 1 – The application window for the new SGIP incentives levels opened, following up on the CPUC’s Decision in January (see below) authorizing adding funds to SGIP’s energy storage budgets. Of particular note, the newly-created Equity Resiliency Budget ($513M) provides enhanced SGIP incentives for on-site residential and non-residential storage systems for low-income, vulnerable customers in high-risk fire threat districts (HFTD) or those who have been affected by PSPS events. The new SGIP Decision also created a $0.15/Wh resiliency adder for non-residential customers with critical resilience needs such as police stations, fire stations, hospitals, etc. Additional information is available in the new SGIP Handbook.
  • February 6, 2020 – Decision granting Petition for Modification of Decision 11-09-015 and Decision 16-06-055 concerning SGIP application requirements; this Decision closed the R.12-11-005 proceeding. A new SGIP proceeding is expected to be opened later this year.
  • January 27, 2020 – Decision in Self-Generation Incentive Program – revisions pursuant to SB 700 and other program changes

Next Steps:

3. Power Charge Indifference Adjustment (PCIA)  17-06-026

Key Documents:

Recent Developments:

  • March 26, 2020 – Final Decision 20-03-019 on Load Departure and PCIA line on bills. Adopts no changes to load forecasts. CalCCA advocated for a probabilistic approach to load forecasts. Changes in specific proceedings possible. CPUC acknowledges that IOUs utilize the Clean Power Exchange map/database but declines to order its use citing the need for further scrutiny of the sources and reliability of the data in this database. CalCCA opposes use of CPX data because it is maintained by a third party, may not be up-to-date, and does not reflect binding CCA commitments.
  • March 17 – CalCCA Opening Comments on Proposed Decision
  • February 25 Proposed Decision
  • January 22, ALJ Ruling to modify the proceeding schedule for Working Group Three

Next Steps:

  • Q2 2020 – Resolution of Working Group 3 issues
4. Resource Adequacy (RA) 17-09-020 and R.19-11-009

Key Documents:

  • Track 1: Revisions to RA import rules
  • Track 2: 2021 System and Flex RA. 2021-2023 Local RA
  • Track 3: Structural changes to RA program
  • Track 4: 2022 System and Flex RA. 2022-2024 Local RA
  • October 2017 – Order Instituting Rulemaking

Recent Developments:

  • April 2, 2020 – Ruling modifying Track 2 schedule for local capacity a flexible capacity requirement issues
  • January 22, 2020 Commissioner’s Scoping Ruling
  • January 14, 2020 – Assigned Commissioner’s Ruling on Energy Division’s Resource Adequacy State of the Market Report [Energy Division’s second Resource Adequacy State of the Market report is attached to this ruling as Appendix A]
  • December 23. 2019 – Order granting CalCCA’s request for a stay of D.19-10-021 (Decision Affirming Resource Adequacy Import Rules)

Background: The RA program is designed to provide adequate electric resources to CAISO to ensure safe and reliable operation of the grid, and to provide appropriate incentives for the siting and construction of new resources needed for reliability. This proceeding has been divided into three Tracks due to the complexity of the issues involved.

5. Integrated Resource Plans (IRP) 16-02-007

Key Documents:

Recent Developments:

  • April 6, 2020 – Decision 20-03-26 adopts an optimal portfolio, known as the Reference System Portfolio (RSP), to be used by all load-serving entities (LSEs) required to file individual integrated resource plans (IRPs) in 2020.
  • January 3, 2020 – Administrative Law Judge’s Final Baseline Ruling finalizing a baseline for purposes of procurement required by Decision 19-11-016

Background: The IRP proceeding is an umbrella planning proceeding to consider all of the CPUC’s electric procurement policies and programs. The goal is to provide a safe, reliable, and cost-effective electricity supply while complying with SB 350 mandates for LSE energy resource portfolios. LSEs will be required to file individual IRPs, which will then be considered in developing a Preferred System Plan (PSP).

6. Renewables Portfolio Standard (RPS) 18-07-003

Key Documents

Recent Developments:

Background: The RPS proceeding implements Senate Bills 350 (2015) and 100 (2018) that requires all load serving entities to increase their procurement of renewable power to 33% 2020, 44% by 2024, 52% by 2027, and 60% by 2030. The current proceeding is the successor to R.15-02-020.

7. Integrated Distributed Energy Resources 4-10-003

No new developments.

Key Documents:

Background: Since 2007, the Commission has sought to integrate demand-side energy solutions and technologies through utility program offerings. Decision (D.07-10-032) directs that utilities “integrate customer demand-side programs, such as energy efficiency, self-generation, advanced metering, and demand response, in a coherent and efficient manner.” The Commission’s IDER Action Plan published in 2016 remains in draft form.

8. Net Energy Metering (NEM) Successor Tariff 14-07-002

Key Documents:

Recent Updates: No recent updates. The NEM successor tariff had been expected to be initiated in 2019. It wasn’t.

Background: Pursuant to direction in the NEM Successor Tariff Decision, the Commission was supposed to have reviewed the NEM successor tariff some time in 2019, when the proceedings related to distributed energy resources were to have been completed and after default TOU rates were implemented. Energy Division staff had planned to explore compensation structures for customer-sited distributed generation other than NEM, as well as consider an export compensation rate that takes into account locational and time-differentiated values. On April 26, 2019, the Energy Division distributed a Revised Solar Information Packet to service list R.14-07-002 and R.12-11-005.  The Energy Division asked for written comments about the content of the Revised Solar Information Packet and implementation approach.  The deadlines for submitting written comments has passed. If you have questions contact Kerry Fleisher at the CPUC Energy Division: Kerry.Fleisher@cpuc.ca.gov

Legislative Update for April 30, 2020

The legislature plans to resume the 2020 session on May 4th. The nature of these hearings, how members will participate, and how the public will be able to engage, is still being resolved.

As the California legislature prepares to return May 4 under pressure to pass a state budget and respond to a new coronavirus world, legislators and lobbyists alike are discussing monumental changes to Sacramento business like remote voting and limited in-person testimony to protect constituents and the lawmakers themselves. Assemblymember Bill Quirk (D-Hayward) made a strong appeal this week to Assembly Speaker Anthony Rendon to consider remote voting to protect people at high risk. He wrote that “failure to make accommodations for legislators who are over 65 years old, pregnant, immunocompromised, or care for children or loved ones who are at risk or otherwise vulnerable raises serious concerns around democracy, representation, and equity.”

Unlike the State Senate, the Assembly did not vote to allow remote voting before it adjourned last month. That has led to anxiety among some Assemblymembers and staff as the resumption of session approaches. Meanwhile, lawmakers are champing at the bit to return to work. “While we agree with your decision to adjourn during the height of the pandemic, it is critical that we soon resume our legislative business so that we can pass the state budget by June 15th, address the pandemic, and tackle urgent legislative issues,’’ Quirk wrote in his letter, which has been signed by 20 legislators to date. “Failure to provide robust options for remote participation by members of the public raises similar concerns,’’ he wrote.

Since mid-March, three special sessions have been held solely to discus COVID-related matters.
  • A Senate hearing was held on 4/16. View the recording HERE.
  • The Assembly has scheduled two hearings as well – One was held on Monday, 4/20 at 10am (RECORDING) and the other on Monday, 4/27. Both live-streamed and recorded on the Assembly website.

Below is the list of several, but not all of the key bills that we are tracking, including bills that The Climate Center has taken a public position on. For a complete list of the 121 bills we are currently tracking in 2020, click HERE. It is our understanding that due to the disruption of the normal session, it is unlikely that many of these bills will be enacted this session. Only critically important policy related to the COVID19 crisis, homelessness, and wildfire are in the high priority list. Our next update will be published here on April 30. Please send updates, suggestions, corrections to woody@theclimatecenter.org

 


Bills we are tracking:

 

Assembly Bills

AB 345 (Muratsuchi) SUPPORT – This bill will, if enacted, establish regulations to protect public health and safety near oil and gas extraction facilities,  including a minimum setback distance between oil and gas activities and sensitive receptors such as schools, childcare facilities, playgrounds, residences, hospitals, and health clinics. See The Climate Center’s Letter of Support. STATUS: In the Senate. Read first time. Sent to the Senate Rules Committee for assignment to a policy committee.

 

AB 1839 (Bonta) WATCH – The “Green New Deal” bill. Introduced on January 6, this bill would create the California Green New Deal Council with a specified membership appointed by the Governor. The bill would require the California Green New Deal Council to submit a specified report to the Legislature no later than January 1, 2022. So far the plan is scant on specifics including how goals will be met or how much the State will pay to meet those goals.In STATUS: In Asm, referred to Comm. on Natural Resources. on 4/24

 

AB 1847 (Levine) WATCH – This bill would authorize the CPUC (contingent on the Commission finding that an electrical corporation is not complying with State law, rules, or regulations) to appoint a public administrator to the electrical corporation for a period not to exceed 180 days. The bill would vest the public administrator with oversight authority over the electrical corporation’s activities that impact public safety. See the bill author’s factsheet. STATUS: In the Assembly Utilities & Energy Committee. No hearing date set.

AB 2145 (Ting) WATCH – This bill would state the intent of the legislature to enact legislation to reform the electric vehicle charging infrastructure approval process employed by the CPUC to help ensure that by 2030 California will safely install enough EV charging ports to meet the demand through public and private investment. STATUS: In Assembly, referred to the Asm U&E committee on 4/24.

AB 2689 (Kalra) Support – This bill updates Investor-Owned Utility (IOU) confidentiality provisions to allow a broader range of market experts to participate in complex IOU cost recovery proceedings and supports California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC) oversight to protect customers from unreasonable or unjustified IOU rate increases. California IOU electric generation rates have increased 49% since 2013. Between 2008 and 2018, IOU customer rates doubled from $29.3 billion to $59.3 billion per year. AB 2689 would result in greater IOU accountability and improved consumer protection, safety, and affordability. The California Community Choice Association is a sponsor of this bill. STATUS: Referred to the Asm U&E committee on 4/24.

AB 2789 (Kamlager) WATCH – This bill would appropriate $1,500,000 and require the CPUC, in consultation with the CA Energy Commission, to request the California Council on Science and Technology to undertake and complete a study, as specified, relative to electrical grid outages and cost avoidance resulting from deployment of eligible renewable energy resources, battery storage systems, and demand response technologies. The bill would require the PUC to report the results of the study to the Legislature by January 1, 2022. STATUS: Awaiting a hearing in the Assembly Utilities and Energy Committee.

AB 3014 (Muratsuchi) WATCH – This bill aims to improve the reliability of California electric supply by reforming the State’s resource adequacy (RA) program. Specifically, this bill creates the Central Reliability Authority (CRA), a non-profit public benefit corporation, to purchase residual RA needed to meet state requirements while still allowing load-serving entities (LSEs), such as Community Choice Agencies (CCAs), to maintain their procurement autonomy. The newly created CRA also reduces costly RA purchases currently undertaken by the California Independent System Operator (CAISO) and greatly enhances the RA market. The California Community Choice Association is a sponsor of this bill. STATUS: Referred to the Asm U&E committee on 4/24.

AB 3021 (Ting) SUPPORT – Read The Climate Center’s SUPPORT LETTER. This bill would appropriate $300,000,000 per fiscal year in the 2020–21, 2021–22, and 2022–23 fiscal years from the General Fund to the California Energy Commission to administer a program to provide resiliency grant funding and technical assistance to local educational agencies for the installation of energy storage systems. STATUS: Double-referred to Education and Natural Resources committees.

AB 3251 (Bauer-Kahan) WATCH – This bill has been withdrawn by the  author. It would require that charging of energy storage systems be treated as load in calculations for demand response programs, and that capacity from energy storage systems installed on the customer side of the meter be allowed to be aggregated for purposes of determining resource adequacy capacity; and electricity exported to the grid from the customer side of the meter be allowed to count toward the capacity obligations of load-serving entities. STATUS: WITHDRAWN by author.


Senate Bills

SB 45 (Allen, et al) SUPPORT – Dubbed the “Wildfire Prevention, Safe Drinking Water, Drought Preparation, and Flood Protection Bond Act of 2020.” This is a proposed $5.51 billion general obligation bond to be placed on the November 3, 2020 statewide general election. Specifically, $570 million will be made available for climate resiliency initiatives including microgrids, distributed generation, storage systems, in-home backup power, and community resiliency centers such as cooling centers, clean air centers, hydration stations, and emergency shelters. STATUS: Passed out of Senate, in the Assembly, held at the desk.

SB 378 (Wiener) WATCH – Would establish customer and local government protections related to Public Safety Power Shutoff (PSPS) incidents. Specifically, the bill requires IOUs to provide annual reports to the Wildfire Safety Division within the CPUC on the condition of their electrical equipment and provide maintenance logs to assess fire safety risk. The bill also requires the CPUC to develop procedures for consumers and local governments to recover costs from IOUs accrued during PSPS events, improves PSPS notification procedures, and makes IOUs subject to civil fines if the CPUC determines that the IOU failed to act in a reasonable and prudent manner. STATUS: In the Assembly, pending committee referral.

SB 774 (Stern) WATCH – SB 774 would require IOUs to collaborate with the State’s Office of Emergency of Services and others to identify where back-up electricity sources may provide increased electrical distribution grid resiliency and would allow the IOUs to file applications with the CPUC to invest in, and deploy, microgrids to increase resiliency. Concerns focus on too much control being placed in the hands of the IOUs over microgrid development when other LSEs and stakeholders can and should play a role. STATUS: In the Assembly committee process with no committee assignment and no hearing date.

SB 947 (Dodd) SUPPORT – This bill has been WITHDRAWN by the author. Read The Climate Center’s SUPPORT LETTER. This bill would have required the CPUC to evaluate financial performance-based incentives and performance-based metric tracking to identify mechanisms that may serve to better align electrical corporation operations, expenditures, and investments with public benefit goals. STATUS: WITHDRAWN by author.

SB 1215 (Stern) SUPPORT – SB 1215, the “California Emergency Services Act” establishes the Office of Emergency Services in the office of the Governor and provides that the office is responsible for the state’s emergency and disaster response services for natural, technological, or manmade disasters and emergencies. Creates a grant program for microgrids. STATUS: In Senate, double-referred to the Governmental Organization and Energy Committees.

 

SB 1240 (Skinner) – This bill has been withdrawn by the author due to the health crisis. The author is committed to re-introducing the bill in the 2021 session. It would require the California Energy Commission to identify and evaluate options for transforming the electrical corporations’ (Investor Owned Utilities’) distribution grids into more open access platforms that would allow local governments and other third parties like CCAs to participate more easily in grid activities. The Climate Center was a sponsor of this bill.

 

SB 1258 (Stern) WATCH – Titled the California Climate Technology and Infrastructure Financing Act, this bill would enact the California Climate Technology and Infrastructure Financing Act to require the California Infrastructure Bank (IBank), in consultation with specified agencies to administer the Climate Catalyst Revolving Fund, which the bill would establish to provide financial assistance to eligible climate catalyst projects. STATUS: In the Senate Business, Professions and Economic Development Committee.

 

SB 1314 (Dodd) – This bill has been withdrawn by the author due to the health crisis. The author is committed to re-introducing the bill in the 2021 session. This bill would have required the Strategic Growth Council to develop and implement a grant program for local governments to develop community energy resilience plans. The Climate Center was a sponsor of this bill.

The Climate Center and Partners Urge State Leaders to Fund Clean Energy Resilience as Part of Covid Recovery Stimulus

On Monday April 27th, the California Assembly held a hearing on “Covid Recovery and Economic Stimulus” as the Legislature seeks to finalize its budget for the upcoming state fiscal year.  Prior to the hearing, a coalition of clean energy groups, including The Climate Center, Clean Coalition, Vote Solar, Microgrid Resources Coalition and the Center for Sustainable Energy submitted a letter to the Assembly recommending that the Legislature fund clean energy resilience infrastructure as part of any Covid-19 economic stimulus.

A group of California legislative leaders submitted a similar letter to the Governor’s office last week.

Because of the Covid crisis, California has already lost thousands of clean energy jobs –which is particularly problematic because of the continued threat of future Public Safety Power Shutoffs (PSPS).  Diesel generators — which utilities and local governments are rapidly installing — emit high levels of asthma-inducing particulate matter, as well as toxic carbon monoxide and smog-producing, climate-changing pollutants. With experts suggesting that Covid outbreaks will become seasonal, we need to address future power outages without increasing stress on our respiratory systems.

There is a smarter, more sustainable path to resilience available through clean energy, made increasingly economically feasible due to rapidly declining prices for solar and battery storage. The Climate Center’s Community Energy Resilience program, part of the Climate-Safe California campaign, is working to develop a new California energy infrastructure which is clean, affordable, reliable, equitable, and safe.

We are simultaneously facing a global health crisis, a global climate crisis, a state and national economic crisis, and a local energy resilience crisis – all of which can be addressed by continuing public investments in clean, distributed energy. 

How Small Business Owners Can Incorporate Renewable Energy Resources

Electricity bills are one of the most daunting expenses for a small business owner. Both the price and energy consumption vary month to month, so it’s hard to estimate how much the electricity bill will be each month or even each season. And as a small business owner, paying attention to cash flow is especially important; with varying electricity bills, this may become challenging.

Additionally, fossil fuel-based electricity prices vary depending on political factors as well as the nature of the market; directly impacting electricity prices for fossil fuel resources. Small business owners are at a higher risk of being impacted by the inflation of these prices than larger corporations because they will more closely see the impact.

An electrician in Cherry Hill, New Jersey, David Gancz, commented, “A great solution for small businesses to combat these issues is to begin adopting renewable energy sources. Renewable energy resources will not only save the business owner money, but it will also have an extremely beneficial impact on the environment.”

Small business owners should consider some of the following renewable energy sources as they seek ways to save money and become more environmentally friendly. And of course, don’t forget that conservation and energy efficiency are the lowest cost ways to reduce energy bills!

Types of Renewable Energy Resources for Your Business

Choosing the right renewable energy resource can be challenging because small business owners may not know enough about each to choose the one that is right for their business. Here is a guide to the most feasible renewable energy resources that small business owners may be able to adopt:

Solar Energy

This is one of the most common renewable energy resources for small business owners because costs have dropped considerably over the past decade, and because of how simple it is to install. Solar panels can be installed on the roof of a building, in the parking lot, or even in the backyard section of a business. Solar panels are an investment worth making because they provide clean and reliable energy to small businesses; while also acting as a completely renewable means of electricity.

Because solar panels convert the sun’s light into electricity, the “fuel” is free. The energy from the sun is converted by the solar panels into electricity and can power an entire small business, especially if battery storage is added. In addition to the outstanding environmental benefits that solar panels have, they also will ultimately save small businesses money.

Wind Energy

Like solar energy, wind energy has many benefits and comes completely from nature. Wind energy technology has undergone significant improvements in recent years and costs have come down. Due to limitations of wind resources, and installation difficulties, most businesses will only be able to access wind power via an electrcity sevice provider (more about that below).

For companies that do have property with adequate wind, installing wind turbines is a great way to begin taking advantage of renewable energy resources. Small turbines may be placed on top of a tower or building to generate modest amounts of power.

Larger turbines can be installed if more property is available, typically about 100 feet about the ground where the most wind is able to be caught. These wind turbines generate electricity when their massive, three propeller blades are turned around a rotor. The rotor is connected to a shaft that spins a generator in order to create electricity.

Wind energy is especially great for small businesses that have a lot of space. Wind turbines are most commonly used on farms that sell produce/contribute to farmer’s markets or other small businesses that can operate in an outdoor setting or on a large landscape.

Geothermal Heat Pumps

Geothermal heat pumps are another great renewable energy resource that small businesses can incorporate. Geothermal heat pumps tap into the earth’s stable temperature in order to heat or cool interior spaces. Geothermal heat pumps take advantage of the earth’s constant near-surface temperature that tends to be warmer in the winter and cooler in the summer.

Geothermal heat pumps are designed with a three-part system in order to be a sustainable renewable energy resource:

  1. Ground heat exchanger
  2. Air delivery system
  3. Heat pump unit

This system is buried in the ground near the small business’s workspace. Though the initial cost of a geothermal heat pump can be daunting to small business owners, the upfront cost is quickly made up for because the use of heating and air conditioning units is significantly lowered; therefore lowering electricity bills.

Hydropower

Hydropower renewable energy is another resource that in most cases will only be accessible via an electricity service provider. It is dependent on the constant flow of water, perhaps from a nearby river or waterfall. This well-proven method of generating electricity may used by larger corporations that have large facilities to power, however, small business owners can adopt this form of renewable energy if a nearby resource is available.

 

Why Convert to a Renewable Energy Source?

Converting to a renewable energy source is beneficial for both the small business owner’s bank account and the ecosystem. The environment requires people’s awareness and effort now more than ever. If you’re a small business owner and recognize the vast amount of energy you are using, you can do your part by making the switch to a renewable energy resource.

Businesses and corporations are some of the biggest contributors to a damaged environment, polluted air, and the rise of global warming. Converting to renewable energy sources is important in order to protect the environment; small business owners have the opportunity to make this change faster than large corporations.

Small businesses that convert to renewable energy resources are eligible for promotions and rebates. Small businesses that work toward saving the environment also have the opportunity to make this part of their brand image; customers will be intrigued by a small business that practices conservation and concern for the ecosystem.

 

Look Into Your State’s GEA or CCA Electricity Service Provider Programs

GEA, Government Energy Aggregation, or CCA, Community Choice Aggregation, programs allow residents of a state, commercial or residential, to save money and receive higher renewable energy content. The energy that these programs provide comes from sources such as solar panels and wind turbines. People can then purchase this cleaner energy rather than powering their home or business with standard utility electricity.

For example, residents of New Jersey can reap the benefits of The Government Aggregation Act of 2003 which authorized municipalities and residents to establish a GEA. New Jersey’s GEA program allows residents to purchase electricity from third-party suppliers at lower prices than the utility price all while positively impacting the environment.

Keep this guide in mind as you consider ways to make your small business more sustainable.

Jennifer Bell is a freelance writer focusing on home improvement, electrical servicing, DIY and electrical advice articles. She works for Prime Electrical Services, an electrical contractor in New Jersey.

Construction on 215 MW Fresno County Solar Project Now Underway

Today marks the financial close and start of construction of Little Bear Solar, comprising four separate solar projects totaling 215 MW in Fresno County, CA.

Little Bear will sell energy and RECs to Marin Clean Energy (MCE) under 20-year busbar power purchase agreements (PPAs). The projects are expected to be completed by the end of the fourth quarter of 2020. In addition to creating approximately 500 jobs during the construction of the facility, the project will contribute over $2 million in sales and property taxes.

Read full article here. 

Construction on 215 MW Fresno County Solar Project Now Underway, by Emily Holbrook, Environment and Energy Leader, April 7, 2020.

Legislative Update for April 16, 2020

Due to the COVID-19 disruption, the legislature has gone into recess until May 4th at the earliest. Members have been advised by their leadership to reduce the number of bills they wish to pursue this session. We are seeing many energy-related bills being withdrawn at this time.

Two special sessions have been scheduled solely to discus COVID-related matters.

  • The Senate hearing is scheduled for today, 4/16 at 2pm. The hearing will be livestreamed on the Senate’s broadcast page  and the agenda is available for review HERE.
  • The Assembly has scheduled two hearings as well – Monday, 4/20 at 10am and Monday, 4/27 at 10am. Both will be livestreamed on the Assembly website. Agendas not yet available.

Below is the list of several, but not all of the key bills that we are tracking, including bills that The Climate Center has taken a public position on. For a complete list of the 121 bills we are currently tracking in 2020, click HERE. It is our understanding that due to the disruption of the normal session, it is unlikely that many of these bills will be enacted this session. Only critically important policy related to the COVID19 crisis, homelessness, and wildfire are in the high priority list. Our next update will be published here on April 30. Please send updates, suggestions, corrections to woody@theclimatecenter.org

 


Assembly Bills

AB 345 (Muratsuchi) SUPPORT – This bill will, if enacted, establish regulations to protect public health and safety near oil and gas extraction facilities,  including a minimum setback distance between oil and gas activities and sensitive receptors such as schools, childcare facilities, playgrounds, residences, hospitals, and health clinics. See The Climate Center’s Letter of Support. STATUS: In the Senate. Read first time. Sent to the Senate Rules Committee for assignment to a policy committee.

AB 1847 (Levine) WATCH – This bill would authorize the CPUC (contingent on the Commission finding that an electrical corporation is not complying with State law, rules, or regulations) to appoint a public administrator to the electrical corporation for a period not to exceed 180 days. The bill would vest the public administrator with oversight authority over the electrical corporation’s activities that impact public safety. See the bill author’s factsheet. STATUS: In the Assembly Utilities & Energy Committee. No hearing date set.

AB 2145 (Ting) WATCH – This bill would state the intent of the legislature to enact legislation to reform the electric vehicle charging infrastructure approval process employed by the CPUC to help ensure that by 2030 California will safely install enough EV charging ports to meet the demand through public and private investment. STATUS: In Assembly, no assignment.

AB 2689 (Kalra) Likely Support. – This bill updates Investor-Owned Utility (IOU) confidentiality provisions to allow a broader range of market experts to participate in complex IOU cost recovery proceedings and supports California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC) oversight to protect customers from unreasonable or unjustified IOU rate increases. California IOU electric generation rates have increased 49% since 2013. Between 2008 and 2018, IOU customer rates doubled from $29.3 billion to $59.3 billion per year. AB 2689 would result in greater IOU accountability and improved consumer protection, safety, and affordability. The California Community Choice Association is a sponsor of this bill. STATUS: In the Assembly Rules Committee.

AB 2789 (Kamlager) WATCH – This bill would appropriate $1,500,000 and require the CPUC, in consultation with the CA Energy Commission, to request the California Council on Science and Technology to undertake and complete a study, as specified, relative to electrical grid outages and cost avoidance resulting from deployment of eligible renewable energy resources, battery storage systems, and demand response technologies. The bill would require the PUC to report the results of the study to the Legislature by January 1, 2022. STATUS: Awaiting a hearing in the Assembly Utilities and Energy Committee.

AB 3014 (Muratsuchi) WATCH – This bill aims to improve the reliability of California electric supply by reforming the State’s resource adequacy (RA) program. Specifically, this bill creates the Central Reliability Authority (CRA), a non-profit public benefit corporation, to purchase residual RA needed to meet state requirements while still allowing load-serving entities (LSEs), such as Community Choice Agencies (CCAs), to maintain their procurement autonomy. The newly created CRA also reduces costly RA purchases currently undertaken by the California Independent System Operator (CAISO) and greatly enhances the RA market. The California Community Choice Association is a sponsor of this bill. STATUS: In the Assembly Rules Committee.

AB 3021 (Ting) SUPPORT – Read The Climate Center’s SUPPORT LETTER. This bill would appropriate $300,000,000 per fiscal year in the 2020–21, 2021–22, and 2022–23 fiscal years from the General Fund to the California Energy Commission to administer a program to provide resiliency grant funding and technical assistance to local educational agencies for the installation of energy storage systems. STATUS: Double-referred to Education and Natural Resources committees.

AB 3251 (Bauer-Kahan) WATCH – This bill would require that charging of energy storage systems be treated as load in calculations for demand response programs, and that capacity from energy storage systems installed on the customer side of the meter be allowed to be aggregated for purposes of determining resource adequacy capacity; and electricity exported to the grid from the customer side of the meter be allowed to count toward the capacity obligations of load-serving entities. STATUS: In Assembly, referred to Asm Energy Committee.


Senate Bills

SB 45 (Allen, et al) SUPPORT – Dubbed the “Wildfire Prevention, Safe Drinking Water, Drought Preparation, and Flood Protection Bond Act of 2020.” This is a proposed $5.51 billion general obligation bond to be placed on the November 3, 2020 statewide general election. Specifically, $570 million will be made available for climate resiliency initiatives including microgrids, distributed generation, storage systems, in-home backup power, and community resiliency centers such as cooling centers, clean air centers, hydration stations, and emergency shelters. STATUS: Passed out of Senate, in the Assembly, held at the desk.

SB 378 (Wiener) WATCH – Would establish customer and local government protections related to Public Safety Power Shutoff (PSPS) incidents. Specifically, the bill requires IOUs to provide annual reports to the Wildfire Safety Division within the CPUC on the condition of their electrical equipment and provide maintenance logs to assess fire safety risk. The bill also requires the CPUC to develop procedures for consumers and local governments to recover costs from IOUs accrued during PSPS events, improves PSPS notification procedures, and makes IOUs subject to civil fines if the CPUC determines that the IOU failed to act in a reasonable and prudent manner. STATUS: In the Assembly, pending committee referral.

SB 774 (Stern) WATCH – SB 774 would require IOUs to collaborate with the State’s Office of Emergency of Services and others to identify where back-up electricity sources may provide increased electrical distribution grid resiliency and would allow the IOUs to file applications with the CPUC to invest in, and deploy, microgrids to increase resiliency. Concerns focus on too much control being placed in the hands of the IOUs over microgrid development when other LSEs and stakeholders can and should play a role. STATUS: In the Assembly committee process with no committee assignment and no hearing date.

SB 917 (Wiener) WATCH – This bill would take control of PG&E to create the Northern California Energy Utility District and a public benefit corporation, Northern California Energy Utility Services, to carry out day to day operations. The key provision of the bill that is relevant to Community Choice Energy is: “10623: The authority of a community choice aggregator to provide electric service within the service territory of the district shall remain as if the district were an electrical corporation.” STATUS: Triple-referred to Senate EnergyGovt & Finance, and Judiciary Committees. Sen. Wiener announced that it is unlikely the bill will move forward this year. See SF Chronicle Article.

SB 947 (Dodd) SUPPORT – Read The Climate Center’s SUPPORT LETTER. This bill would require the California Public Utilities Commission to evaluate financial performance-based incentives and performance-based metric tracking to identify mechanisms that may serve to better align electrical corporation operations, expenditures, and investments with public benefit goals. STATUS: In the Senate Energy & Utilities Committee.

SB 1215 (Stern) SUPPORT – SB 1215, the “California Emergency Services Act” establishes the Office of Emergency Services in the office of the Governor and provides that the office is responsible for the state’s emergency and disaster response services for natural, technological, or manmade disasters and emergencies. Creates a grant program for microgrids. STATUS: In Senate, double-referred to the Governmental Organization and Energy Committees.

 

SB 1240 (Skinner) SUPPORT – This bill has been withdrawn by the author due to the health crisis. The author is committed to re-introducing the bill in the 2021 session. It would require the California Energy Commission to identify and evaluate options for transforming the electrical corporations’ (Investor Owned Utilities’) distribution grids into more open access platforms that would allow local governments and other third parties like CCAs to participate more easily in grid activities. The Climate Center was a sponsor of this bill.

SB 1258 (Stern) WATCH – Titled the California Climate Technology and Infrastructure Financing Act, this bill would enact the California Climate Technology and Infrastructure Financing Act to require the California Infrastructure Bank (IBank), in consultation with specified agencies to administer the Climate Catalyst Revolving Fund, which the bill would establish to provide financial assistance to eligible climate catalyst projects. STATUS: In the Senate Business, Professions and Economic Development Committee.

 

SB 1314 (Dodd) SUPPORT – This bill has been withdrawn by the author due to the health crisis. The author is committed to re-introducing the bill in the 2021 session. This bill would have required the Strategic Growth Council to develop and implement a grant program for local governments to develop community energy resilience plans. The Climate Center was a sponsor of this bill.

CPX Regulatory Update for April 16, 2020

These are updates for April 16, 2020. Next update will be on April 30.

Calendar Note: The CPUC has scheduled an online workshop on Thursday, April 23, 9:30 to 12:30pm on impacts of COVID-19 on customer-oriented clean energy programs. More detail and log-in information HERE.

Due to the COVID19 crisis, the CPUC is holding its meetings remotely. They have initiated a COVID19 information page on their website that contains information relevant to the regulated community.

Remote Meeting Notice from CPUC: Pursuant to Executive Order N-29-20, paragraph 3, that was issued on March 17, 2020, Commissioners may participate remotely from teleconferencing locations. The public may observe, provide public comments during the public comment period, and otherwise participate remotely pursuant to the Bagley-Keene Open Meeting act as described below.

For each agenda item, a summary of the proposed action is included on the agenda as well as a link to the related electronic document; the Commission’s decision may, however differ from that proposed. Public Comments are taken up at the beginning of the meeting (10am).

To listen or make comments not to exceed three minutes by phone, dial 1-800-857-1917 and enter passcode 92105. Alternatively, you mail email brief written comments (which do not exceed three minutes when read aloud) to 04162020VotingMeetingComments@cpuc.ca.gov and our Public Advisor may read your comments out loud to the meeting if time permits. Written comments must be received prior to 10:00 a.m. to be read aloud. Comments that are not able to be read aloud, or are received after the deadline, will be circulated to the Commissioners. Individuals wishing to observe the meeting can do so by accessing our website at http://www.adminmonitor.com/ca/cpuc/

Brief Notes:
  • Given the current COVID-19 situation, many public meetings are being canceled. This may impact the timeline for proceedings listed below.
  • The next CPUC voting meeting takes place TODAY April 16 at CPUC headquarters in San Francisco. See AGENDA. For the livestream, click HERE.
  • We continue to monitor wildfire and PG&E bankruptcy-related proceedings but no longer report on those items on a regular basis. We will report occasionally on any significant developments.

Below is a numbered list of the regulatory proceedings we are tracking, followed by a brief summary of background information, new or recent developments, and Climate Center filings, if any, for each of the proceedings. Note that these are intended as very brief highlights of selected key actions and activities. For details on any of these proceedings, we suggest logging in to the relevant proceeding page on the CPUC’s website. An expedient way to do that is to click on the proceeding number below or visit CPUC’s Documents Page. Please contact us at info[at]cleanpowerexhange.org to report any errors or broken links.

Regulatory Proceedings we are monitoring:
  1. SB 1339 Microgrid Rulemaking R.19-09-009
  2. PG&E Safety Culture Investigation 15-08-019
  3. Self Generation Incentive Program (SGIP) R.12-11-005
  4. Power Charge Indifference Adjustment (PCIA)  17-06-026
  5. Resource Adequacy (RA) 17-09-020
  6. Integrated Resource Plans (IRP) 16-02-007
  7. Distribution Resource Plans (DRP) 14-08-013 
  8. Renewables Portfolio Standard (RPS) 18-07-003
  9. Integrated Distributed Energy Resources 4-10-003
  10. SB 790 IOU Code of Conduct 12-02-009
  11. Direct Access 19-03-009
  12. NEM Successor Tariff 14-07-002
Closed proceedings that matter:
  • CCA Rulemaking 03-10-003 – This was the rulemaking that defined all the rules pursuant to AB 117, the original California CCA law
  • CCA Bond and Re-Entry Fees 18-05-022 – This is the proceeding that re-set the bond required to be posted by CCAs in the event that the CCA fails and customers are returned to the incumbent utility

Summaries:

1. SB 1339 Microgrid Rulemaking R.19-09-009

The Climate Center is a Party to this proceeding.

Key Documents:

Recent Developments:

  • March 19 – The Climate Center participated in an Ex Parte communication with CPUC staff
  • January 30 – Climate Center comments on R.19-09-009 Microgrid Track 1 Proceeding

Next Steps: Summer 2020 – Track 1 concludes.

2. PG&E Safety Culture Investigation 15-08-019

The Climate Center is a Party to this proceeding.

Key Documents:

  • June 18 CPUC Order seeking proposals to improve PG&E safety culture
  • July 19 Climate Center Comments

Recent Developments:

  • No recent significant developments

Next Steps:

  • May 8, 2020 is the deadline for the conclusion of this investigation; it is not clear what steps may be taken prior to May 8
3. Self Generation Incentive Program (SGIP) R.12-11-005

The Climate Center’s is a Party to this poceeding

Key Documents:

Recent Developments:

  • April 1 – The application window for the new SGIP incentives levels just opened, following up on the CPUC’s Decision in January (see below) authorizing adding funds to SGIP’s energy storage budgets. Of particular note, the newly-created Equity Resiliency Budget ($513M) provides enhanced SGIP incentives for on-site residential and non-residential storage systems for low-income, vulnerable customers in high-risk fire threat districts (HFTD) or those who have been affected by PSPS events. The new SGIP Decision also created a $0.15/Wh resiliency adder for non-residential customers with critical resilience needs such as police stations, fire stations, hospitals, etc. Additional information is available in the new SGIP Handbook.
  • January 27, 2020 – Decision in Self-Generation Incentive Program – revisions pursuant to SB 700 and other program changes

Next Steps: April 1, 2020 – SGIP modifications effective.

4. Power Charge Indifference Adjustment (PCIA)  17-06-026

Key Documents:

Recent Developments:

Next Steps:

  • Q1 2020 – Proposed Decision on Working Group 2 issues
  • Q2 2020 – Resolution of Working Group 3 issues
5. Resource Adequacy (RA) 17-09-020 and R.19-11-009

Key Documents:

  • Track 1: Revisions to RA import rules
  • Track 2: 2021 System and Flex RA. 2021-2023 Local RA
  • Track 3: Structural changes to RA program
  • Track 4: 2022 System and Flex RA. 2022-2024 Local RA
  • October 2017 – Order Instituting Rulemaking

Recent Developments:

  • January 22, 2020 Commissioner’s Scoping Ruling
  • January 14, 2020 – Assigned Commissioner’s Ruling on Energy Division’s Resource Adequacy State of the Market Report [Energy Division’s second Resource Adequacy State of the Market report is attached to this ruling as Appendix A]
  • December 23. 2019 – Order granting CalCCA’s request for a stay of D.19-10-021 (Decision Affirming Resource Adequacy Import Rules)
  • November 17, 2019 – New RA Proceeding for 2020/2021 R.19-11-009

Background: The RA program is designed to provide adequate electric resources to CAISO to ensure safe and reliable operation of the grid, and to provide appropriate incentives for the siting and construction of new resources needed for reliability. This proceeding has been divided into three Tracks due to the complexity of the issues involved.

6. Integrated Resource Plans (IRP) 16-02-007

Key Documents:

Recent Developments:

  • January 3, 2020 – Administrative Law Judge’s Final Baseline Ruling finalizing a baseline for purposes of procurement required by Decision 19-11-016

Background: The IRP proceeding is an umbrella planning proceeding to consider all of the CPUC’s electric procurement policies and programs. The goal is to provide a safe, reliable, and cost-effective electricity supply while complying with SB 350 mandates for LSE energy resource portfolios. LSEs will be required to file individual IRPs, which will then be considered in developing a Preferred System Plan (PSP).

7. Distribution Resource Plans (DRP) 14-08-013 

Key Documents: See Proceeding

Recent Developments:

  • November 21, 2019: Notice of Reassignment of Commissioner [R.14-08-013, A.15-07-002, A.15-07-003 and A.15-07-006] are being reassigned to President Marybel Batjer
  • November 8, 2019: Administrative Law Judge’s Ruling requesting comments on possible improvements to the 2020 Distribution Investment Deferred Framework process. Opening comments shall be filed and served by January 17, 2020. Reply comments shall be filed and served by January 31, 2020.

Background: This proceeding consolidates numerous proceedings and seeks to establish policies, procedures, and rules for investor-owned electric utilities (IOUs) to develop Distribution Resources Plan (DRP) Proposals, and to evaluate the IOUs’ infrastructure and planning to incorporating distributed energy resources into their systems. There are 3 parallel and concurrent Tracks in this proceeding. Track 1 concerns methodological issues. Track 2 concerns demonstration and pilot projects. Track 3 concerns policy issues. Track 3 also has 3 Sub-tracks. Although Decisions have been issued on all Tracks, there remain residual issues as well as newly identified issues within the scope of the proceeding.

8. Renewables Portfolio Standard (RPS) 18-07-003

Recent Developments:

  • December 19, 2019: Final Decision on 2019 RPS Plans. (and Proposed Decision on 2019 RPS Plans)
    • CCAs shall plan for the long-term procurement compliance period 2021-2024
    • CCAs shall furnish the CPUC copies of any contracts they enter into no later than 30 days following the date they intend to serve load, and in no event later than August 1, 2020
    • By March 31, 2020, Energy Division shall initiate stakeholder workshops before filing of the 2020 draft RPS Plans
    • RPS and IRP filings shall be consolidated
    • All LSEs shall analyze the impact of economic curtailment, over-generation or oversupply events on their individual resource portfolios in their future RPS Procurement Plans
    • PG&E’s Renewable Energy Credit sales framework is approved with modifications. The pricing that PG&E seeks is rejected; PG&E may use its previously approved price floor methodology or the methodology proposed by the Public Advocates Office
    • For 2020, CCAs and Electric Service Providers (ESPs) shall include more granular information regarding planning in the next annual procurement plan cycle, beyond a general statement that they will comply with the Renewables Portfolio Standard requirements and upcoming long-term procurement requirements
9. Integrated Distributed Energy Resources 4-10-003

No new developments.

Key Documents:

Background: Since 2007, the Commission has sought to integrate demand-side energy solutions and technologies through utility program offerings. Decision (D.07-10-032) directs that utilities “integrate customer demand-side programs, such as energy efficiency, self-generation, advanced metering, and demand response, in a coherent and efficient manner.” The Commission’s IDER Action Plan published in 2016 remains in draft form.

10. SB 790 IOU Code of Conduct 12-02-009

Key Documents:

Recent Updates. No recent updates.

  • January 30 2018 – This proceeding re-emerged as a concern when the IOUs filed a Joint Petition for Modification to the rules imposed on them regarding lobbying against CCAs.

Background: Original CCA law, AB 117 stipulates that IOUs must “cooperate fully” with local governments pursuing Community Choice. In the mid-to-late 2000s, San Francisco, Marin, and the San Joaquin Valley experienced egregious disinformation campaigns waged by the incumbent utility for these jurisdictions against their efforts. The obstruction was documented in a series of California Senate Select Committee on Renewable Energy hearings in 2010 chaired by Senator Mark Leno. The result of the hearings was SB 790, which created an IOU Code of Conduct that prohibits IOUs from marketing against CCAs unless they establish a separate marketing division that does not use ratepayer funds, among other provisions.

11. Direct Access 19-03-009

Key Documents:

  • March 14, 2019 CPUC issued an Order Instituting Rulemaking (OIR) for proceeding R. 19-03-009 regarding implementation of Senate Bill 237 (SB 237 – Hertzberg) concerning expansion of the Direct Access (DA) program.

Recent Updates. No recent updates.

Background: DA is available to non-residential customers. Background: DA access was restricted after the energy crisis by SB 1X. DA access is currently capped and accessible via a lottery system, with 7,603 GWh of load on the waitlist. SB 237 increases the maximum total annual kilowatt-hours allowed under the DA program by a total of 4,000 GWh apportioned among the three IOU service territories. That increase must be implemented by June 1, 2019. SB 237 also gives CPUC until June 1, 2020 to provide the legislature with guidance on expanding DA access to all interested non-residential customers. The proceeding will have two phases to address the two mandates.

12. Net Energy Metering (NEM) Successor Tariff 14-07-002

Key Documents:

Recent Updates: No recent updates. The NEM successor tariff had been expected to be initiated in 2019. It wasn’t.

Background: Pursuant to direction in the NEM Successor Tariff Decision, the Commission was supposed to have reviewed the NEM successor tariff some time in 2019, when the proceedings related to distributed energy resources were to have been completed and after default TOU rates were implemented. Energy Division staff had planned to explore compensation structures for customer-sited distributed generation other than NEM, as well as consider an export compensation rate that takes into account locational and time-differentiated values. On April 26, 2019, the Energy Division distributed a Revised Solar Information Packet to service list R.14-07-002 and R.12-11-005.  The Energy Division asked for written comments about the content of the Revised Solar Information Packet and implementation approach.  The deadlines for submitting written comments has passed. If you have questions contact Kerry Fleisher at the CPUC Energy Division: Kerry.Fleisher@cpuc.ca.gov

CPX Regulatory Update for April 2, 2020

These are updates for April 2, 2020. Next update will be on April 16.

Due to the COVID19 crisis, the CPUC is holding its meetings remotely. They have also initiated a COVID19 information page on their website that contains information relevant to the regulated community.

Below is a numbered list of the regulatory proceedings we are tracking, followed by a brief summary of background information, new or recent developments, and Climate Center filings, if any, for each of the proceedings. Note that these are intended as very brief highlights of selected key actions and activities. For details on any of these proceedings, we suggest logging in to the relevant proceeding page on the CPUC’s website. An expedient way to do that is to click on the proceeding number below or visit CPUC’s Documents Page. Please contact us at info[at]cleanpowerexhange.org to report any errors or broken links.

Remote Meeting Notice from CPUC:

Pursuant to Executive Order N-29-20, paragraph 3, that was issued on March 17, 2020, Commissioners may participate remotely from teleconferencing locations. The public may observe, provide public comments during the public comment period, and otherwise participate remotely pursuant to the Bagley-Keene Open Meeting act as described below.

Link to Executive Order N-29-20: https://www.gov.ca.gov/wp-content/uploads/2020/03/3.17.20-N-29-20-EO.pdf

For each agenda item, a summary of the proposed action is included on the agenda as well as a link to the related electronic document; the Commission’s decision may, however differ from that proposed. Public Comments are taken up at the beginning of the meeting (10am).

To listen or make comments not to exceed three minutes by phone, dial 1-800-857-1917 and enter passcode 92105. Alternatively, you mail email brief written comments (which do not exceed three minutes when read aloud) to 03262020VotingMeetingComments@cpuc.ca.gov and our Public Advisor may read your comments out loud to the meeting if time permits. Written comments must be received prior to 10:00 a.m. to be read aloud. Comments that are not able to be read aloud, or are received after the deadline, will be circulated to the Commissioners. Individuals wishing to observe the meeting can do so by accessing our website at http://www.adminmonitor.com/ca/cpuc/

Brief Notes:
  • Given the current COVID-19 situation, many public meetings are being canceled. This may impact the timeline for proceedings listed below.
  • The next CPUC voting meeting will take place on April 16 at CPUC headquarters in San Francisco. See AGENDA. For the livestream, click HERE.
  • We continue to monitor wildfire and PG&E bankruptcy-related proceedings but no longer report on those items on a regular basis. We will report occasionally on any significant developments.
Regulatory Proceedings we are monitoring:
  1. SB 1339 Microgrid Rulemaking R.19-09-009
  2. PG&E Safety Culture Investigation 15-08-019
  3. Self Generation Incentive Program (SGIP) R.12-11-005
  4. Power Charge Indifference Adjustment (PCIA)  17-06-026
  5. Resource Adequacy (RA) 17-09-020
  6. Integrated Resource Plans (IRP) 16-02-007
  7. Distribution Resource Plans (DRP) 14-08-013 
  8. Renewables Portfolio Standard (RPS) 18-07-003
  9. Integrated Distributed Energy Resources 4-10-003
  10. SB 790 IOU Code of Conduct 12-02-009
  11. Direct Access 19-03-009
  12. NEM Successor Tariff 14-07-002
Closed proceedings that matter:
  • CCA Rulemaking 03-10-003 – This was the rulemaking that defined all the rules pursuant to AB 117, the original California CCA law
  • CCA Bond and Re-Entry Fees 18-05-022 – This is the proceeding that re-set the bond required to be posted by CCAs in the event that the CCA fails and customers are returned to the incumbent utility

Summaries:

1. SB 1339 Microgrid Rulemaking R.19-09-009

The Climate Center is a Party to this proceeding.

Key Documents:

Recent Developments:

  • March 19 – The Climate Center participated in an Ex Parte communication with CPUC staff
  • January 30 – Climate Center comments on R.19-09-009 Microgrid Track 1 Proceeding

Next Steps: Summer 2020 – Track 1 concludes.

2. PG&E Safety Culture Investigation 15-08-019

The Climate Center is a Party to this proceeding.

Key Documents:

  • June 18 CPUC Order seeking proposals to improve PG&E safety culture
  • July 19 Climate Center Comments

Recent Developments:

  • No recent significant developments

Next Steps:

  • May 8, 2020 is the deadline for the conclusion of this investigation; it is not clear what steps may be taken prior to May 8
3. Self Generation Incentive Program (SGIP) R.12-11-005

The Climate Center’s is a Party to this poceeding

Key Documents:

Recent Developments:

  • April 1 – The application window for the new SGIP incentives levels just opened, following up on the CPUC’s Decision in January (see below) authorizing adding funds to SGIP’s energy storage budgets. Of particular note, the newly-created Equity Resiliency Budget ($513M) provides enhanced SGIP incentives for on-site residential and non-residential storage systems for low-income, vulnerable customers in high-risk fire threat districts (HFTD) or those who have been affected by PSPS events. The new SGIP Decision also created a $0.15/Wh resiliency adder for non-residential customers with critical resilience needs such as police stations, fire stations, hospitals, etc. Additional information is available in the new SGIP Handbook
  • January 27, 2020 – Decision in Self-Generation Incentive Program – revisions pursuant to SB 700 and other program changes

Next Steps: April 1, 2020 – SGIP modifications effective.

4. Power Charge Indifference Adjustment (PCIA)  17-06-026

Key Documents:

Recent Developments:

Next Steps:

  • Q1 2020 – Proposed Decision on Working Group 2 issues
  • Q2 2020 – Resolution of Working Group 3 issues
5. Resource Adequacy (RA) 17-09-020 and R.19-11-009

Key Documents:

  • Track 1: Revisions to RA import rules
  • Track 2: 2021 System and Flex RA. 2021-2023 Local RA
  • Track 3: Structural changes to RA program
  • Track 4: 2022 System and Flex RA. 2022-2024 Local RA
  • October 2017 – Order Instituting Rulemaking

Recent Developments:

  • January 22, 2020 Commissioner’s Scoping Ruling
  • January 14, 2020 – Assigned Commissioner’s Ruling on Energy Division’s Resource Adequacy State of the Market Report [Energy Division’s second Resource Adequacy State of the Market report is attached to this ruling as Appendix A]
  • December 23. 2019 – Order granting CalCCA’s request for a stay of D.19-10-021 (Decision Affirming Resource Adequacy Import Rules)
  • November 17, 2019 – New RA Proceeding for 2020/2021 R.19-11-009

Background: The RA program is designed to provide adequate electric resources to CAISO to ensure safe and reliable operation of the grid, and to provide appropriate incentives for the siting and construction of new resources needed for reliability. This proceeding has been divided into three Tracks due to the complexity of the issues involved.

6. Integrated Resource Plans (IRP) 16-02-007

Key Documents:

Recent Developments:

  • January 3, 2020 – Administrative Law Judge’s Final Baseline Ruling finalizing a baseline for purposes of procurement required by Decision 19-11-016

Background: The IRP proceeding is an umbrella planning proceeding to consider all of the CPUC’s electric procurement policies and programs. The goal is to provide a safe, reliable, and cost-effective electricity supply while complying with SB 350 mandates for LSE energy resource portfolios. LSEs will be required to file individual IRPs, which will then be considered in developing a Preferred System Plan (PSP).

7. Distribution Resource Plans (DRP) 14-08-013 

Key Documents: See Proceeding

Recent Developments:

  • November 21, 2019: Notice of Reassignment of Commissioner [R.14-08-013, A.15-07-002, A.15-07-003 and A.15-07-006] are being reassigned to President Marybel Batjer
  • November 8, 2019: Administrative Law Judge’s Ruling requesting comments on possible improvements to the 2020 Distribution Investment Deferred Framework process. Opening comments shall be filed and served by January 17, 2020. Reply comments shall be filed and served by January 31, 2020.

Background: This proceeding consolidates numerous proceedings and seeks to establish policies, procedures, and rules for investor-owned electric utilities (IOUs) to develop Distribution Resources Plan (DRP) Proposals, and to evaluate the IOUs’ infrastructure and planning to incorporating distributed energy resources into their systems. There are 3 parallel and concurrent Tracks in this proceeding. Track 1 concerns methodological issues. Track 2 concerns demonstration and pilot projects. Track 3 concerns policy issues. Track 3 also has 3 Sub-tracks. Although Decisions have been issued on all Tracks, there remain residual issues as well as newly identified issues within the scope of the proceeding.

8. Renewables Portfolio Standard (RPS) 18-07-003

Recent Developments:

  • December 19, 2019: Final Decision on 2019 RPS Plans. (and Proposed Decision on 2019 RPS Plans)
    • CCAs shall plan for the long-term procurement compliance period 2021-2024
    • CCAs shall furnish the CPUC copies of any contracts they enter into no later than 30 days following the date they intend to serve load, and in no event later than August 1, 2020
    • By March 31, 2020, Energy Division shall initiate stakeholder workshops before filing of the 2020 draft RPS Plans
    • RPS and IRP filings shall be consolidated
    • All LSEs shall analyze the impact of economic curtailment, over-generation or oversupply events on their individual resource portfolios in their future RPS Procurement Plans
    • PG&E’s Renewable Energy Credit sales framework is approved with modifications. The pricing that PG&E seeks is rejected; PG&E may use its previously approved price floor methodology or the methodology proposed by the Public Advocates Office
    • For 2020, CCAs and Electric Service Providers (ESPs) shall include more granular information regarding planning in the next annual procurement plan cycle, beyond a general statement that they will comply with the Renewables Portfolio Standard requirements and upcoming long-term procurement requirements
9. Integrated Distributed Energy Resources 4-10-003

No new developments.

Key Documents:

Background: Since 2007, the Commission has sought to integrate demand-side energy solutions and technologies through utility program offerings. Decision (D.07-10-032) directs that utilities “integrate customer demand-side programs, such as energy efficiency, self-generation, advanced metering, and demand response, in a coherent and efficient manner.” The Commission’s IDER Action Plan published in 2016 remains in draft form.

10. SB 790 IOU Code of Conduct 12-02-009

Key Documents:

Recent Updates. No recent updates.

  • January 30 2018 – This proceeding re-emerged as a concern when the IOUs filed a Joint Petition for Modification to the rules imposed on them regarding lobbying against CCAs.

Background: Original CCA law, AB 117 stipulates that IOUs must “cooperate fully” with local governments pursuing Community Choice. In the mid-to-late 2000s, San Francisco, Marin, and the San Joaquin Valley experienced egregious disinformation campaigns waged by the incumbent utility for these jurisdictions against their efforts. The obstruction was documented in a series of California Senate Select Committee on Renewable Energy hearings in 2010 chaired by Senator Mark Leno. The result of the hearings was SB 790, which created an IOU Code of Conduct that prohibits IOUs from marketing against CCAs unless they establish a separate marketing division that does not use ratepayer funds, among other provisions.

11. Direct Access 19-03-009

Key Documents:

  • March 14, 2019 CPUC issued an Order Instituting Rulemaking (OIR) for proceeding R. 19-03-009 regarding implementation of Senate Bill 237 (SB 237 – Hertzberg) concerning expansion of the Direct Access (DA) program.

Recent Updates. No recent updates.

Background: DA is available to non-residential customers. Background: DA access was restricted after the energy crisis by SB 1X. DA access is currently capped and accessible via a lottery system, with 7,603 GWh of load on the waitlist. SB 237 increases the maximum total annual kilowatt-hours allowed under the DA program by a total of 4,000 GWh apportioned among the three IOU service territories. That increase must be implemented by June 1, 2019. SB 237 also gives CPUC until June 1, 2020 to provide the legislature with guidance on expanding DA access to all interested non-residential customers. The proceeding will have two phases to address the two mandates.

12. Net Energy Metering (NEM) Successor Tariff 14-07-002

Key Documents:

Recent Updates: No recent updates. The NEM successor tariff had been expected to be initiated in 2019. It wasn’t.

Background: Pursuant to direction in the NEM Successor Tariff Decision, the Commission was supposed to have reviewed the NEM successor tariff some time in 2019, when the proceedings related to distributed energy resources were to have been completed and after default TOU rates were implemented. Energy Division staff had planned to explore compensation structures for customer-sited distributed generation other than NEM, as well as consider an export compensation rate that takes into account locational and time-differentiated values. On April 26, 2019, the Energy Division distributed a Revised Solar Information Packet to service list R.14-07-002 and R.12-11-005.  The Energy Division asked for written comments about the content of the Revised Solar Information Packet and implementation approach.  The deadlines for submitting written comments has passed. If you have questions contact Kerry Fleisher at the CPUC Energy Division: Kerry.Fleisher@cpuc.ca.gov