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

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