California Future Grid Study


California’s Future Grid Study will address two questions posed by the California Public Utilities Commission:

  1. What are the operational needs necessary to efficiently operate a high DER grid, unlock economic opportunities for DERs to provide grid services, limit market power, reduce ratepayer costs, increase equity, support grid resiliency, and meet State policy objectives?
  2. What are the existing gaps and barriers in achieving the needs identified above within our current Distribution System Operator (Utilities)? What are the potential solutions in overcoming these barriers?

Gridworks serves as lead facilitator of an open stakeholder process to answer these questions collaboratively.



Working Materials

2024 Future Grid Study Workshop Series Meeting Materials

February 8, 2024 Workshop Materials

Final Workshop Agenda


Join Zoom Meeting:  

Meeting ID: 770 741 3933  

Passcode: t98HxX   

Call-in: +13052241968


Pre-Workshop Reading:

Workshop Presentations:


Archive of Future Grid Study materials from 2022:

CPUC Fall 20222 Informal Outreach Meetings

Summary of Fall 2022 High DER Informal Outreach Meetings


CPUC Electric Grid Education and Outreach Workshop (R.21-06-017)

Date: 8/23/22

Time: 9:00am (PDT)

Workshop Summary

Workshop Purpose and Agenda

Workshop Recording

Polls Overall Electric Grid Education and Outreach Workshop

Webex Q&A Transcript

Webex Chat Transcript

Grid Education and Outreach Slides: Presentation of California Public Utilities Commission staff

Order Instituting Investigation on Distributed Energy Resources in California’s Energy Future: Presentation of the California Energy Commission

Distribution Grid Operation 101: Presentation from California Joint Investor Owned Utilities and supporting glossary

DSO 101: Presentation from Dr. Lorenzo Kristov




CPUC Kick-off Workshop re: Evaluating Alternative DSO Models (R.21-06-017)

Meeting 5/3/2022

Time 10am – 3pm  PDT

Workshop Summary

Workshop Agenda

Workshop Recording

Zoom Chat Transcript


Presentation Materials

Gridworks Presentation

Energy Division Presentation

Mark Paterson: DER & DSO Process Lessons from Australia

Jason Brogden: UK Experience of Evaluating DSO Models

Wild Tree and Partners: Toward a High-DER Future A Community Stakeholder Engagement Focused Alternate Proposal

Climate Center: Recommendations for the Track 2 Process

Center for Biological Diversity: Proposed Process Amendments to Center Community Engagement and Achieve Environmental and Social Justice Goals

Southern California Edison

Coalition of Utility Employees: DSO Legal Framework

Public Advocates Offices: Cal Advocates Comments on Track 2 Workshop

Synergistic Solutions: Process for Evaluating Alternative DSO Models for California

TeMix Presentation

Supporting Comments


Wild Tree and Partners

Joint CCA Informal Post-Workshop Comments

Summary and Key Take-aways: CPUC Kick-off Workshop re: Evaluating Alternative DSO Models (R.21-06-017), May 3, 2022

Informal Comments Of The Green Power Institute on Gridworks’ DSO White Paper

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