California PUC approves addition of up to 1,800 MW of energy capacity

The California Public Utilities Commission approved a long-term procurement decision February 13 ordering Southern California Edison (SCE) to procure between 1,400 and 1,800 MW of energy resource capacity in the Los Angeles basin by 2021.

The commission is requiring at least 50 MW of that amount to be procured from energy storage resources and an additional 600 MW of the capacity to be procured from preferred resources, which include energy storage resources.

The energy capacity is required to meet long-term local capacity in the area.

Under the final decision, energy storage resources must be considered along with preferred resources, including energy efficiency, demand response and distributed generation, which is consistent with the clean energy resource procurement priorities listed in California’s Energy Action Plan.

The decision will have an essentially immediate impact because SCE is ordered by the CPUC to file an application to the CPUC seeking approval of negotiated contracts with energy storage resource providers before the end of Q1 2013.

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