Following its plan to prioritize microgrid projects and resiliency strategies that can be implemented quickly for the upcoming wildfire season, the California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC) has issued Decision 20-06-017. in Track 1 of a longer-term effort to support development of microgrids in California. The decision orders the large electric investor-owned utilities (IOUs), Pacific Gas and Electric Company (PG&E), Southern California Edison Company (SCE) and San Diego Gas & Electric Company (SDG&E), to take several immediate actions to facilitate use of onsite energy resources during public safety power shut off (PSPS) events, and approves several projects proposed by the IOUs.
The required resiliency actions include:
The solutions to modernize tariffs to maximize social resiliency benefits include:
The solutions to promote collaborative engagement include:
The approved IOU resiliency proposals include:
The CPUC’s microgrid proceeding (Rulemaking 19-09-009) was initiated to implement Senate Bill 1339, a 2018 initiative to facilitate the commercialization of microgrids for distribution customers of large IOUs. Further activity will continue in subsequent phases of this proceeding.
Contact: Lynn Haug or Ron Liebert