California Future Grid Study
California’s Future Grid Study will address two questions posed by the California Public Utilities Commission:
- How do alternative Distribution System Operator models compare in their ability to plan and operate a high Distributed Energy Resource (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?
- Should California’s Investor Owned Utilities be incentivized to cost-effectively prepare for widespread DER deployments? If so, how?
Gridworks serves as lead facilitator of an open stakeholder process to answer these questions collaboratively by the end of 2023.
A white paper, Evaluating Alternative Distribution System Operator Models for California, created by Gridworks, was published in March 2022 to initiate the Commission’s stakeholder process.
CPUC Fall 20222 Informal Outreach Meetings
CPUC Electric Grid Education and Outreach Workshop (R.21-06-017)
Time: 9:00am (PDT)
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
DSO 101: Presentation from Dr. Lorenzo Kristov
CPUC Kick-off Workshop re: Evaluating Alternative DSO Models (R.21-06-017)
Time 10am – 3pm PDT
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
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