CA: New rules for utility IRPs under development


California regulators have commenced a rulemaking to address the integrated resource planning requirements for load-serving entities created by S.B. 350 of 2015. The new proceeding will act as a successor to the ongoing long-term procurement planning (LTPP) proceeding, which is expected to conclude shortly. The California Public Utilities Commission has mapped out the general issues the new proceeding will address. They include:

  • The impacts of S.B. 350 on future procurement needs, including the state’s 50% RPS and greenhouse gas emissions limits.
  • The development of a process for LSEs to file IRPs.
  • The development and refinement of procurement rules for all LSEs that have not historically submitted LTPPs, as well as cost allocation and competitive issues between investor-owned utilities and other LSEs.
  • If necessary, a review and update of individual IOUs’ bundled procurement plans.

The proceeding will also address several IRP implementation issues, including:

  • Whether planning will occur on a system basis and/or by individual LSEs.
  • Who will perform the associated modeling and analysis to determine needs.
  • The procurement process structure.
  • The relationship to existing state cap-and-trade regulations.
  • Policy details regarding frequency, timing, required content, compliance and enforcement.
  • Whether and how to coordinate with the California Energy Commission’s similar responsibilities with respect to publicly-owned utilities.