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Staff Workshop on Distributed Generation: Electricity Infrastructure Costs

The California Energy Commission staff will conduct a workshop to receive comments on a study of the costs and impacts on the electricity system associated with increased distributed generation (DG) installations in California, and how costs and impacts change based on interconnection location, distribution feeder characteristics, load types, and project size. The Energy Commission has contracted with Navigant Consulting to conduct the analysis, and has partnered with Southern California Edison (SCE) to use their system for the study. Preliminary study results and recommendations will be presented for discussion by stakeholders. Commissioners may be in attendance at the workshop.

August 22, 2013
9 a.m.
CALIFORNIA ENERGY COMMISSION
1516 Ninth Street
First Floor, Hearing Room A
Sacramento, California
(Wheelchair Accessible)

For complete details and remote access instructions, please see the notice on our website.

You may participate in this meeting through WebEx, the Energy Commission's online meeting service.
Go to https://energy.webex.com  
enter meeting number: 929 122 709.
When prompted, enter your information and password: meeting@9.

Background

In his Clean Energy Jobs Plan, Governor Brown established a 2020 goal of 12,000 MW of localized renewable energy development in California. The plan generally defines localized energy, or DG, as projects sized 20 MW or less, interconnected on-site or close to load, that can be constructed quickly with no new transmission lines, and, typically, with no environmental impact. This is a policy definition of DG that identifies preferred project characteristics and is useful for setting procurement targets. However, due to a variety of reasons, the DG market does not align with the preferred policy definition and utilities are receiving interconnection requests for projects in locations that cause significant system costs and impacts. This issue was illustrated in a study conducted by SCE that shows the majority of interconnection requests they receive do not satisfy the preferred policy definition. SCE's study proposes that utility system costs and impacts can be mitigated by guiding projects to areas of the system better equipped to accommodate DG resources.

The Energy Commission, in response to SCE's study, is using the state's localized energy goal as the back-drop for an analysis that is evaluating the costs and impacts of increased penetration levels of localized energy on the utility electricity system. The Energy Commission has contracted with Navigant Consulting to conduct the analysis, and has partnered with SCE to use their system for the study. The purpose of the analysis is to gain a better understanding of utility system costs and impacts associated with increased DG installations in California, and how those costs and impacts change based on interconnection location, distribution feeder characteristics, load types, and project size. Results of the analysis will be presented as a 2020 forecast of the costs and impacts of SCE achieving its fair share of the Governor's 12,000 MW localized renewable energy goal, and a methodology and framework that can be utilized by other California utilities to conduct similar analysis. Additionally, based on the results of this study, Energy Commission staff will author a white paper that explores potential regulatory and technical solutions to mitigate costs and impacts.

Thursday, August 22, 2013

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California Energy Commission - Hearing Rm A

1516 9th Street
1st Floor
Sacramento, CA 95814

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