Kicking off Track 2 of its microgrid/resiliency rulemaking proceeding (R.19-09-009), the California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC) has issued a new Ruling Requesting Comment on the Track 2 Microgrid and Resiliency Strategies Staff Proposal, Facilitating the Commercialization of Microgrids Pursuant to Senate Bill 1339 (July 22, 2020).
Track 1 of the proceeding focused on proposals for the 2020 wildfire season (see CPUC Approves Short-Term Microgrid and Resiliency Actions). Track 2 addresses additional regulatory actions aimed at fulfilling the statutory requirements of SB 1339 and removing obstacles to the deployment of microgrids in California. The new Staff Proposal offers several proposals for discussion, each with alternative approaches to addressing the identified barrier:
The Staff Proposal also describes a number of Secondary Proposals describing work underway or contemplated to meet statutory requirements established in SB 1339. The Secondary Proposals include additional recommendations and questions, including technical specifications and operational capabilities for microgrid controllers, processes for studying and interconnecting microgrids, and direct current metering standards.
A companion Staff Concept Paper identifies conceptual issues and additional proposals for the longer term. The Staff Concept Paper will:
Parties may file formal comments addressing the Staff Proposal and questions on Primary and Secondary proposals presented in the Ruling by August 14, 2020. Reply comments are due August 28, 2020. Parties may comment on the Staff Concept Paper for purposes of informing the information gathering in consideration of Track 3 and beyond, but the comments will not be considered part of the record for Track 2.
Contact: Lynn Haug, Ron Liebert, or Brian Biering for more information.