State energy agencies have forecasted a shortage in electric supply capacity to meet peak summer loads in the summers of 2022 and 2023. To avoid the kind of power outages experienced in August 2020, and in response to Governor Newsom’s July 30, 2021 State of Emergency Proclamation, the California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC) is looking for new ways to decrease demand and increase supply in the near future.
Three proposed decisions, issued after expedited proceedings focused on demand and supply-side resource solutions, microgrid development, and energy efficiency measures, are available for comment and likely to be voted on at the CPUC’s December 2, 2021 business meeting. Briefly:
Demand and Supply Side Actions
The Proposed Phase 2 Decision Directing Pacific Gas and Electric Company (PG&E), Southern California Edison Company (SCE) and San Diego Gas & Electric Company (SDG&E) to Take Actions to Prepare for Potential Extreme Weather in the Summers of 2022 and 2023 adopts several demand and supply-side requirements to ensure reliability to meet power demand during summer peaks in 2022 and 2023.
Microgrids and Resiliency Solutions
The Proposed Decision Adopting Microgrid and Resiliency Solutions to Enhance Summer 2022 and 2023 Reliability authorizes a number of projects and resiliency measures proposed by the large California investor-owned utilities, and other actions, including:
The Proposed Decision on Energy Efficiency Actions to Enhance Summer 2022 and 2023 Electric Reliability will approve $185 million in additional funding for energy efficiency programs in 2022 and 2023, while also allowing electric utilities to shift funding between programs to address summer reliability needs. Specifically, the funding would go to:
To enable rapid implementation, the Proposed Decision recommends allowing single-stage solicitations to third party providers, and streamlining CPUC staff review of projects.
Comments on the Demand/Supply-Side and Microgrid proposed decisions are due November 10, reply comments November 16.
Comments on the Energy Efficiency proposed decision are due November 18, reply comments November 23.
All of the proposed decisions are expected to be on the agenda for the CPUC’s December 2, 2021 business meeting.
Contact: Lynn Haug or Andy Brown