On August 1, 2018, Investor Owned Utilities (“IOUs”),
Community Choice Aggregators (“CCAs”) and Electricity Service Providers (“ESPs”)
filed Integrated Resource Plans (“IRPs”) with the CPUC. SB 350 requires
the CPUC to collect these IRPs and prepare a single, system-wide “preferred
plan”, with the goal of meeting long term (2030) greenhouse gas targets.
The IRP process replaces the former Long Term Procurement Planning (“LTPP”) proceedings,
and will guide and/or authorize procurement of new generation resources among
the Commission jurisdictional Load Serving Entities. The CPUC will
prepare the preferred plan in the third and fourth quarters of 2018, and will
issue a final decision in late 2018 adopting a final preferred system
plan. Community Choice Aggregators and ESPs remain responsible for
authorizing their own procurement in furtherance of the SB 350 IRP goals and
planning standards. Later this year, the publicly owned utilities
will file their IRPs with the California Energy Commission. If you have
questions about the IRP process, please contact Brian Biering at bsb(at)eslawfirm.com or (916) 447-2166.