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Chapters One and Two provide context and background supporting this chapter California was not the only state grappling with an influx of distributed resources on electric utility systems.  The State of New York faced a similar but distinct set of challenges, in part driven by the extensive damage and widespread outages caused by Hurricane Irene […]

October 5, 2019

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If there is one thing that virtually all the players in California’s Distributed Resource Planning (DRP) process can agree on it is that when the process began in 2014 virtually no one outside of the electric utilities really understood how planning at the distribution level was accomplished or how utility operations dictated investment requests in […]

October 4, 2019

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When the California Public Utilities Commission established the scope and schedule for the DRP proceeding, President Picker made two strategic procedural determinations.  The first was that the Rulemaking would not follow traditional processes led by the Commission. Instead, the plan would be to employ collaborative working groups to hash out what were expected to be […]

October 3, 2019

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This article builds on earlier chapters, which can be reviewed here. The Integrated Capacity Analysis and Locational Net Benefits Analysis efforts were not the only critical pieces to resolving the DER marketplace puzzle.  Throughout 2016 and 2017, five other working groups were engaged in hashing out issues from determining market and load growth scenarios to […]

October 2, 2019

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Among the most valuable lessons that other jurisdictions or utilities can learn from California’s Distribution Resource Planning (DRP) process is that it is a lot easier to imagine an end goal than to know in advance all of the steps required to reach that goal, or how long the journey will take.    “The most important […]

October 1, 2019

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The Building Decarbonization Coalition is organizing a core group of building decarbonization enthusiasts to lead a building electrification rate design strategy. This post is the first of a three-part series aiming to raise the profile of how electric rate design impacts a customer looking to decarbonize their home or business. In this first post we […]

September 18, 2019

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Led by Governor Phil Murphy, the Garden State will finalize its 2019 Energy Master Plan, which aims to achieve 100% clean energy by 2050. This plan will set up a strategic vision for the future of energy in New Jersey including all aspects of production, distribution, consumption, and conservation. The newly released The Role of Distributed […]

July 15, 2019

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Gridworks is hosting an upcoming event in collaboration with the California Energy Commission (CEC) and Navigant for a Public Workshop on the Workshop on the Distributed Energy Resources (DER) Research Roadmap. This meeting is the first in a short series of public workshops to provide the distributed energy resources community an opportunity to inform research priorities for […]

July 15, 2019

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Electric Rule 21 is a tariff that describes the interconnection, operating and metering requirements for generation facilities to be connected to a utility’s distribution system. The tariff provides customers wishing to install generating or storage facilities on their premises with access to the electric grid while protecting the safety and reliability of the distribution and […]

July 15, 2019

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