On November 20, 2020, the CPUC issued its Order Instituting Rulemaking to Establish Policies, Processes, and Rules to Ensure Reliable Electric Service in California in the Event of an Extreme Weather Event in 2021 (R.20-11-003). In response to the 2020 summer heat storms and corresponding rotating outages in California, the CPUC initiated the new rulemaking to identify and execute all actions within the CPUC’s authority to ensure reliable electric service in the event that an extreme heat storm occurs in the summer of 2021. The new proceeding will implement temporary changes to existing processes, programs, and rules for demand response, resource adequacy (“RA”), and other initiatives to increase energy supply and decrease demand during the peak demand and net demand peak hours in the summer of 2021 if needed. Specifically, the new proceeding will consider:
Many of the changes contemplated by the OIR are expected to remain in effect for limited duration (e.g., 2021), but the CPUC will address whether particular measures may extend further. All electric IOUs are named as respondents.
Comments on the OIR are due November 30, 2020 and reply comments are due December 10, 2020.
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