Welcome to Mike’s Corner, where Gridworks Senior Fellow and former CPUC Commissioner Mike Florio will provide regular industry insight.

On February 15, FERC issued Order 841 to remove barriers to the participation of electric storage resources in the capacity, energy, and ancillary service markets operated by Regional Transmission Organizations (RTO) and Independent System Operators (ISO). With its order FERC solidified its commitment to opening the nation’s wholesale markets to […]

Mike's Corner | Jan 08, 2018

As I look forward to 2018, I see much work ahead for all of us involved in the California energy scene. Continued progress on renewable energy deployment, energy efficiency improvements, and vehicle and building electrification are all necessary to keep us on track toward meeting our goals for 2030 and […]

Mike's Corner | Oct 03, 2017

The key to successful regionalization is a governance framework that clearly preserves each state’s existing authority to control the resource planning, resource mix and resource adequacy of its jurisdictional utilities.  In the waning days of the recent California legislative session, bill language was introduced into the final weeks of action […]

Mike's Corner | Jul 19, 2017

Resource Adequacy, commonly referenced as “RA” for short, is a term that is often heard but frequently not well understood in the electricity sector. In the simplest terms, RA is just a regulatory construct developed to ensure that there will be sufficient resources available to serve electric demand under all but the most extreme conditions.