California Public Utilities Commission

The California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC) regulates investor-owned electric and natural gas utilities operating in California.  Through its oversight over utilities, the CPUC has played a key role in making California a national and international leader on a number of energy-related initiatives designed to benefit consumers, the environment, and the economy.     

Among its many responsibilites, the CPUC oversees energy-related ones include electric costs, electric power procurement and generation, infrastructure, customer energy resources, energy efficiency, and electric rates and tariffs, and more.

Key CESA Accomplishments Include:

  • PG&E and SCE announced 165 MW and 20 MW of new energy storage contracts, respectively, for CPUC approval, pursuant to the AB 2514 energy storage procurement framework.

  • CPUC Decision (D.17-10-017) approved a fourth $14-million Demand Response Auction Mechanism (DRAM) with energy storage eligibility for solicitation in 2018 and deliveries in 2019

  • CPUC Decision (D.17-04-017) approved 85% of funds authorized by AB 1637 (another $196 million) to be made available in the Self-Generation Incentive Program (SGIP) for commercial, industrial, and residential behind-the-meter energy storage systems.

  • CPUC Resolutions approved 102.5 MW/362 MWh of storage for SCE and SDG&E to mitigate electric reliability risks from the moratorium on the Aliso Canyon gas storage facility

  • CPUC Decision (D.16-06-055) approved 75% budget allocation for storage in the Self-Generation Incentive Program, along with other reforms including changes to support long-duration storage

  • CPUC Decision (D.16-06-052) improved treatment of behind-the-meter energy storage load in Rule 21 and an expedited review process for standardized non-export storage

  • CPUC Decision approved SCE’s Application for 260 MW of energy storage contracts for its 2013 Local Capacity RFO, far exceeding the 50 MW minimum procurement target for energy storage

  • CPUC Decision (D.13-0-040) adopted energy storage procurement framework and mechanisms pursuant to AB 2514 targets

  • CPUC Decision (D.13-02-015) authorized SCE to procure at least 50 MW from energy storage resources to meet long-term local capacity requirements in West Los Angeles and Moorpark sub-areas

  • CPUC Decision (D.12-08-016) adopted proposed targets and framework for analyzing energy storage needs pursuant to AB 2514

  • CPUC Decision (D.12-04-045) approved $32M for utility Permanent Load Shifting incentive programs for behind-the-meter thermal energy storage systems

  • CPUC Decision (D.11-09-015) modified SGIP eligibility to include energy storage technologies