‘DRP Retrospective’ Category

Five years ago this month, in August of 2014, the California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC) opened a landmark Rulemaking (R.14-08-013) to explore new policies and methodologies for better incorporation of distributed energy resources (DER) into the electric utility system.  In this series of articles, Gridworks explores the intentions and outcomes of this multi-year effort, with […]

The Distribution Resource Planning (DRP) process was both a response to fundamental changes in electricity markets and an attempt to shape the course of future changes in ways that would minimize overall system costs and maximize ratepayer benefits. One goal was to establish a new framework for the integration and operation of new Distributed Energy […]

“California’s experience put it years ahead of anywhere else, except Hawaii.  The whole concept was a paradigm shift, driven by market forces. Penetration by roof-top PV was at the time ‘tiny’, just noise on the system. But the utilities were getting swamped with new interconnection applications.  We were just starting to see on the horizon […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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