California leads the country in deployment of distributed energy resources. The CPUC’s Distribution Resources Plan proceeding (R. 14-08-013) continues the state’s work in developing supporting policies to enable increasing DERs in a cost-effective manner that promotes the state’s clean energy and climate goals, and ordered the three IOUs to develop Distribution Resource Plans (DRPs). These DRPs act as blueprints for how the IOUs can plan for and optimize the use of DERs. Our framework paper, “More than Smart: A Framework to Make the Distribution Grid More Open, Efficient, and Resilient” paved the development of a Walk-Jog-Run roadmap of how California plans to integrate increasing levels of DER, focused on distribution planning, operations, and markets.
Since then, each IOU has published their DRPs, initiated pilot projects deferring grid upgrades using DER alternatives, and initiated several technical working groups on grid planning, DER valuation and DER growth scenarios.
As part of the More Than Smart initiatives, Gridworks facilitated stakeholder discussion processes for the IOUs to better inform the CPUC’s Distribution Planning Process (DRP) proceeding, otherwise known as Working Groups. Gridworks has hosted over 50 meetings to support the IOUs; nearly 100 people and organizations participated in the development of these recommendations.