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In the matter of, )     Docket No 06-IEP-1J
Preparation of the 2007 Integrated )         
Energy Policy Report (IEPR) )     NOTICE OF STAFF WORKSHOP
____________________________________ )      

Notice of Staff Workshop on Resource Adequacy
Policies and Protocols for Publicly Owned
Load-Serving Entities

Questions for Workshop (PDF File, 1 pg, 24 kb).

The California Energy Commission staff will report on continuing progress by local publicly owned utilities (POUs) to be resource adequate in the near-term and long-term. Mid-size and large POUs' resource plans and commitments through 2016 will be summarized for both peak load requirements and monthly energy deliveries using the filings submitted pursuant to 2007 IEPR forms and instructions. Staff will also present information on resource adequacy (RA) policies and protocols that small, mid-size, and large POUs have thus far adopted. Commissioners may also attend and participate in the workshop.

TUESDAY, MAY 15, 2007
9 a.m.

1516 Ninth Street
Hearing Room A, First Floor
Sacramento, California
(Wheelchair Accessible)

Audio from this hearing will be broadcast over the Internet.
For details, please go to: www.energy.ca.gov/webcast/

To participate in the meeting by phone, please call 800-857-6618 after 9 a.m.
Passcode: IEPR, Call Leader: Lorraine White

Please note corrected phone number

Purpose and Scope

RA policies and filing requirements have been adopted to serve a variety of purposes. Chief among these goals are assuring near-term reliability within a control area, providing signals and incentives for long-term capacity expansion, and to fairly distribute operational reliability costs among the load-serving entities (LSEs) in a control area. The Western Electricity Coordinating Council is considering RA benchmarks, procedural guidelines, and filing requirements that could become applicable to all LSEs and all control areas in the Western Interconnection. The experience and insights from California may help inform those regional considerations.

Information topics to be presented, discussed, and requested from workshop participants have been designed to better assess future electricity supplies throughout California and to support the 2007 IEPR.

Following the workshop, staff will prepare a descriptive summary of existing RA requirements for publicly owned load-serving entities (LSEs). This technical report will be presented at a workshop on July 2, and may serve as a technical appendix for policy recommendations in the 2007 IEPR.


RA activities have been underway in California since early 2002. Since May 2006, all types of publicly owned LSEs in the California Independent Service Operator (ISO) control area must meet the same basic month-ahead and year-ahead RA filing requirements as other LSEs in the California ISO. However, publicly owned LSEs retain some discretion under the California ISO's Interim Reliability Resources Program tariff for establishing their own planning reserve margin, and for adopting planning protocols and procurement standards by which RA can be objectively judged.

Besides the California ISO, there are four control areas in California that are operated by POUs (Los Angeles Department of Water and Power (LADWP), Sacramento Municipal Utility District (SMUD), Imperial Irrigation District, and Turlock). These four control areas include loads served by 12 self-governing POUs. Parts of California are included in three other multi-state control areas operated by Investor-Owned Utilities (PacifiCorp, Sierra Pacific, and Nevada Power). These three control areas include four other small publicly owned LSEs: Truckee Donner PUD, Needles, Surprise Valley, and Valley Electric. (The latter two LSEs also serve loads in other states.) Staff presentations will highlight the diverse reliability and procurement standards that presently exist statewide.

Authority and Responsibilities

The California Energy Commission (Energy Commission) is directed by Public Resources Code (PRC) Section 25301 to conduct regular assessments of all aspects of energy demand and supply. These assessments serve as the foundation for analysis and policy recommendations to the Governor, Legislature, and other agencies. The broad strategic purpose of these policies is to conserve resources, protect the environment, ensure energy reliability, enhance the state's economy, and protect public health and safety.

To carry out these regular assessments of expected and needed electricity supplies, "the Commission may require submission of demand forecasts, resource plans, market assessments, and related outlooks from electric and natural gas utilities, transportation fuel and technology suppliers, and other market participants."(PRC 25301[a])

Workshop Participation and Comments

In this workshop, Energy Commission staff is seeking the active participation of publicly owned load-serving entities including municipal utilities, utility districts, irrigation districts, electric cooperatives, joint party agencies, special districts, community choice aggregators, and water agencies who act as agents to serve their own electric loads. Staff is also seeking active participation from sister energy agencies, energy market participants, and other interested parties. All parties are encouraged to present their views orally at the workshop or in writing. The Energy Commission will also take comments before and immediately following the workshop.

Written comments should be submitted no later than 5 p.m. on Thursday, May 31, 2007. The Energy Commission encourages comments by e-mail attachments. Begin the e-mail subject line with 06-IEP-1J followed by the name of the organization providing comments. When naming your attached file, please include your organization's name or your surname. The attached file should be in either Microsoft Word format, Microsoft Excel, or provided as a Portable Document File (PDF). Please begin the file name with your organization's name, and end it with the document date (for example, 5-31-07). Send your comments to [docket@energy.state.ca.us]. Mailed materials may be sent to:

California Energy Commission
Docket Office, MS-4
Re: Docket No. 06-IEP-1J
1516 Ninth Street
Sacramento, CA 95814-5512

Workshop participants may bring an original paper copy of comments to the workshop for docketing, and are asked to provide 10 printed copies of those comments at the beginning of the workshop.

Public Participation

The Energy Commission's Public Adviser's Office provides the public assistance in participating in Energy Commission activities. If you would like information on how to participate in this forum, please contact the Public Adviser's Office at (916) 654-4489 or toll-free at (800) 822-6228, or by FAX at (916) 654-4493, or by e-mail at [pao@energy.state.ca.us]. If you have a disability and require assistance to participate, please contact Lou Quiroz at (916) 654-5146 at least five days in advance.

Please direct all news media inquiries to Claudia Chandler, Assistant Executive Director, at (916) 654-4989, or by e-mail at [mediaoffice@energy.state.ca.us].

Questions regarding the 2007 Integrated Energy Policy Report proceeding should be directed to IEPR Program Manager Lorraine White at (916) 654-4075 or by e-mail at [lwhite@energy.state.ca.us].

For technical questions regarding the subject matter of this workshop, please contact Jim Woodward of the Electricity Analysis Office at (916) 654-5180, or by e-mail at [jwoodwar@energy.state.ca.us].

Date: May 3, 2007

Date posted: May 4, 2007

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Chairman and Presiding Member
IEPR Committee
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Commissioner and Associate Member
IEPR Committee

The service list for the 2007 Integrated Energy Policy Report is handled electronically. Notices and documents for these proceedings are posted to the Energy Commission website www.energy.ca.gov/2007_energypolicy/index.html. When new information is posted, an e-mail will be sent to those on the energy policy e-mail list server. Parties interested in receiving these notices may sign up for the list server through the website www.energy.ca.gov/listservers/index.html.

Note: The formal name for the California Energy Commission is State Energy Resources Conservation and Development Commission.
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