Section 769 of the California Public Utilities Code instructs the investor-owned electric utilities to prepare Distribution Resource Plans that identify and evaluate optimal locations for the deployment of distributed generation resources, energy efficiency, storage, electric vehicles, and demand response technologies. The California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC) is then tasked with evaluating the plans based on how they affect local capacity needs, infrastructure investment requirements, safety, reliability, and otherwise save costs of benefit ratepayers.
Decision 20-03-005 adopts a methodology to calculate avoided costs of transmission and distribution for distributed energy resources (DER) procured through CPUC-mandated programs. The methodology was developed by the CPUC’s Energy Division staff, summarized in a Staff Whitepaper, discussed in a workshop with comments provided by stakeholders. In response to issues raised by parties, the CPUC found that:
ESHD attorneys are following this CPUC proceeding addressing policies for enabling and supporting the development and siting of distributed energy resources.
For more information, contact Andy Brown or Lynn Haug.