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California’s Distribution Resource Plans: Utilities respond to new requirements

Distributed Energy Resource (DER) requirements have been on the rise in California since 2001. The Commission’s latest order in this area is now law and requires California IOUs to submit Distribution Resource Plans (DRPs) that consider how they would meet the following three goals:

  • Modernising the electric distribution system to accommodate two-way flows of energy
  • Enabling customer choice of new technologies and services that reduce emissions and improve reliability
  • Growing opportunities for DERs to realise benefits through the provision of grid services.

Pacific Gas & Electric, Southern California Edison, and San Diego Gas & Electric have responded with plans that incorporate general requirements of the order as well as their own strategic objectives in light of DER developments. PA has developed an insightful summary comparison of each utilities’ DRP July 2015 filings. The summary provides insights into relevant and complex issues that are impacting energy utilities across the nation, including:

  • Integration capacity and locational value analysis
  • Demonstration and deployment
  • Data Access
  • Tariffs and contracts
  • Safety considerations
  • Barriers to deployment.

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