Working Groups

All CESA members receive regular updates on market and regulatory developments in California. In addition, members can participate in working groups that provide in-depth, subject-specific updates and allow participants to help shape CESA's positions on the issues that matter most to them.  CESA Steering Committee members are invited to Chair the working group of their choice. 

 Work Group  Description  Staff Chair
Alternative Fueled Vehicles (AFV) Addresses the role of EVs and EV charging on the grid. Participates in a variety of activities at the CPUC, CAISO, etc. including the "CPUC Order Instituting Rulemaking to Consider Alternative-Fueled Vehicle Programs, Tariffs, and Policies" (AFV OIR), which broadly considers all issues related to alternative-fueled vehicle adoption, and addresses outstanding issues from the previous AFV rulemaking (R.09-08-009). Mark Higgins &Amanda Coggins
Bulk Storage (>50MW) Works to ensure a level playing field in the long term planning and procurement of bulk storage resources that aren't included in the CPUC's Storage Order. Janice Lin
Demand Response (DR) Participates in public proceedings related to DR, and highlights the singular role energy storage can play in adressing supply side DR needs in California. Cedric Christensen
Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) Addresses FERC policy and issues specific to the CAISO through strategically selected, California-centered FERC filings. Activities of this working group are closely coordinated with the ESA’s Advocacy Council. Mark Higgins
Flexible Ramping Initiative Focuses on the equitable treatment of storage resources in the CAISO's FlexiRamp initiative. Chris Edgette
Interconnection OIR at CPUC Engaged in addressing issues related to interconnection of CPUC jurisdictional energy storage resources. Mark Higgins
Long-Term Procurement Planning & Resource Adequacy Advances and spotlights the singular role that energy storage will increasingly play in the CPUC’s ongoing twin proceedings that set investor-owned utility procurement policies and planning. These proceedings will shape the evolving industry framework for energy infrastructure development. Together, LTPP and RA work in tandem with the CAISO to define California’s retail and wholesale energy markets. Chris Edgette &Giovanni Damato
Net Energy Metering (NEM) Addresses issues related to the role of storage in the NEM program. John Herter
Permanent Load Shifting (PLS) Focused on expanding customer side of the meter incentives for PLS, funded out of the utility’s demand response budget. PLS incentives are designed by the CPUC to encourage end-use customers to shift energy demand and consumption from peak periods to off- peak periods. Giovanni Damato
Publicly Owned Utilities & Community Choice Aggregation Focuses on the storage-related activities of publicly owned (municipal) utilities and community choice aggregators. Giovanni Damato
Rate Design Rate design for the charging of energy storage resources has become a critical issue for both utility scale and behind-the-meter projects. This working group will formulate policy recommendations to align the economics of energy storage charging and discharging with the system benefits that such resources can provide. It will also respond to specific rate design proceedings and stakeholder processes that impact energy storage. Mark Higgins
Reliability Services Initiative & Flexible Capacity Works to ensure fair and balanced treatment of storage resources in the initiatives and planning activities related to resource adequacy, flexible capacity, and related wholesale market design activities at the CAISO. Chris Edgette
Renewable Portfolio Standard (RPS) Parallels the LTPP/RA proceedings with specific focus on implementing the 33% Renewables Portfolio Standard, including ongoing planning and refinement of the various active utility-managed procurement processes for specific large and small-sized RPS programs and projects. Also ties directly to the DG interconnection proceeding in implementing the Brown administration's ambitious DG goals. Cedric Christensen
Safety Focuses on issues related to safety and standards for energy storage resources. Topics range from technical certifications to environmental and land use planning issues. Giovanni Damato
Self-Generation Incentive Program (SGIP) Engaged in amending the CPUC’s rules for the SGIP so that energy storage can participate on a comparable basis with other distributed generation technologies. The SGIP provides incentives to encourage the deployment of distributed energy resources (generation and storage) on the customer side of the meter. John Herter
Storage Rulemaking (AB2514) The voice of energy storage supporting and guiding the regulatory centerpiece of California’s energy future in active collaboration with the CPUC, the investor-owned utilities, and other key energy industry stakeholders. The key goal of this rulemaking is to establish significant new energy storage procurement targets for California’s utilities in 2015 and 2020. Chris Edgette
Transmission Planning Process at the CAISO (TPP) Follows the CAISO's transmission planning process, as well as any activities at the CAISO related to how storage is studied as an alternative to new transmission. It will also formulate CESA positions on issues such as "dual use" (part market, part T/D) assets. Mark Higgins
Wholesale Interconnection Focuses on interconnection processes for FERC-jurisdictional utility scale transmission and distribution-connected energy storage resources, including generation-paired resources. The working group will address issues related to the FERC jurisdictional tariffs of the CAISO and IOUs. Mark Higgins