Go to Content | Go to Page Updated Information | Go to Footer
[California Energy Commission Letterhead]

In the Matter of: )      Docket No. 06-IEP-1J
Preparation of the )      NOTICE OF COMMITTEE WORKSHOP
2007 Integrated Energy policy Report )       
(2007 IEPR) )       
_________________________________________ )       

Notice of Committee Workshop on
Staff's Report on Resource Adequacy of
Publicly Owned Load-Serving Entities

The California Energy Commission's (Energy Commission's) Integrated Energy Policy Report (IEPR) Committee will conduct a workshop to present staff's preliminary report on resource adequacy. Chairman Jackalyne Pfannenstiel is the Presiding Member and Commissioner John L. Geesman is the Associate Member. Other Commissioners may attend and participate in the workshop.

The workshop will be held:

(to be rescheduled)

MONDAY, JULY 2, 2007
1:30 p.m.
1516 Ninth Street
First Floor, Hearing Room A
Sacramento, California
(Wheelchair Accessible)

Audio from this workshop will be broadcast over the Internet.
For details, please go to:

To participate in the meeting by phone,
Please call 800-857-6618 after 1:30 p.m.
Passcode: IEPR Call Leader: Lorraine White

Workshop Purpose

Energy Commission staff will present a preliminary report that includes a summary of existing resource adequacy (RA) requirements established for more than 50 publicly owned load-serving entities (LSEs). Together, the peak loads of these LSEs in 2006 exceeded 19,000 megawatts. Invited speakers will present their views on the essentials of adequate electric resources for different control areas.

This report also summarizes procurement actions and resource plans by the state's 13 largest publicly owned utilities (POUs) to obtain adequate electricity supplies through 2016. The ten-year resource plans of publicly owned utilities with annual peak loads over 200 megawatts will be summarized, showing how these specific plans assure resource adequacy using combinations of utility-owned and contractual resources.

The Energy Commission's IEPR Committee welcomes public comments on the scope, breadth, and detail of this first-ever statewide survey report on existing POU resource adequacy protocols. This technical report may serve as a foundation for policy recommendations to be developed in the 2007 IEPR.

Background on Resource Adequacy

Resource adequacy policies and filing requirements have been adopted to serve a variety of purposes. Chief among these goals are assuring near-term reliability within a control area, providing signals and incentives for long-term capacity expansion, and to fairly distribute operational reliability costs among the LSEs in a control area. The Western Electricity Coordinating Council is considering RA benchmarks, procedural guidelines, and filing requirements that could become applicable to all LSEs and to all control areas in the Western Interconnection. The experience and insights from California may help inform those regional considerations.

There are 10 control areas in California. Four are operated by publicly owned utilities: Los Angeles Department of Water and Power (LADWP), Sacramento Municipal Utility District (SMUD), Imperial Irrigation District, and Turlock Irrigation District. Three multi-state control areas are operated by Investor-Owned Utilities: PacifiCorp, Sierra Pacific, and Nevada Power, and the latter two include publicly owned LSEs in California. Two other multi-state control areas are operated by federal agencies: Bonneville Power Administration, and the Desert Southwest Region of Western Area Power Administration, and both include publicly owned LSEs in California.

Since May 2006, all types of publicly owned LSEs in the California Independent Service Operator (CAISO) control area must meet the same basic month-ahead and year-ahead RA filing requirements that are required of other LSEs in the CAISO control area. However, publicly owned LSEs retain some discretion under the CAISO's Interim Reliability Resources Program tariff for establishing their own planning reserve margin, and for adopting planning protocols and procurement standards by which RA can be objectively judged.

A workshop agenda and the preliminary staff report on RA policies among publicly owned LSEs will be posted on the Energy Commission's website as soon as they are available. A staff workshop on this subject was conducted on May 15, 2007. Presentations and public comments from that workshop are posted at

Workshop Participation and Written Comments

The IEPR Committee encourages the participation of publicly owned load-serving entities including municipal utilities, utility districts, irrigation districts, electric cooperatives, joint powers authorities, special districts, community choice aggregators, and water agencies who act as agents to serve their own electric loads. The IEPR Committee is also seeking participation from sister energy agencies, energy market participants, and other interested parties. All parties are encouraged to present their views orally at the workshop or in writing.

Written comments must be submitted by 5 p.m. on Friday, July 13, 2007. The Energy Commission encourages comments by e-mail. Begin the email subject line with 06-IEP-1J followed by the name of the organization providing comments. The attached file must be in either Microsoft Word format, Microsoft Excel, or provided as a Portable Document File (PDF). Please begin the file name with your organization's name or your surname, and end it with the document date (for example, 7-13-07). Send your comments electronically to [docket@energy.state.ca.us]. As an alternative to electronic filing, please hand deliver or mail an original plus 10 paper copies to:

California Energy Commission
Docket Office, MS-4
Re: Docket No. 06-IEP-1J
1516 Ninth Street
Sacramento, CA 95814-5512

Workshop participants may also provide an original and 10 copies at the beginning of the workshop. All written materials relating to this workshop will be filed with the Dockets Unit and become part of the public record in this proceeding.

Public Participation

The Energy Commission's Public Adviser's Office provides the public assistance in participating in Energy Commission activities. If you want information on how to participate in this forum, please contact the Public Adviser's Office at (916) 654-4489 or toll free at (800) 822-6228, by FAX at (916) 654-4493, or by e-mail at [pao@energy.state.ca.us]. If you have a disability and require assistance to participate, please contact Lou Quiroz at (916) 654-5146 at least five days in advance.

Questions regarding the 2007 Integrated Energy Policy Report proceeding should be directed to IEPR Program Manager Lorraine White at (916) 654-4075 or by e-mail at [lwhite@energy.state.ca.us].

Please direct all news media inquiries to Claudia Chandler, Assistant Executive Director, at (916) 654-4989, or by e-mail at [mediaoffice@energy.state.ca.us].

If you have questions on the technical subject matter of this forum, please contact Jim Woodward of the Electricity Analysis Office at (916) 654-5180, or by e-mail at [jwoodwar@energy.state.ca.us].

The service list for the 2007 IEPR proceeding is handled electronically. Notices and documents for these proceedings are posted on the Energy Commission website [http://www.energy.ca.gov/2007_energypolicy]. When new information is posted, a message will be e-mailed to those on the energy policy list server. We encourage those who are interested in receiving these electronic notices to sign up for the list server through the website [http://www.energy.ca.gov/listservers/index.html].

commissioner signature
Commissioner and Presiding Member
IEPR Committee
commissioner signature
Commissioner and Associate Member
IEPR Committee

Date Posted: June 22, 2007

Mail Lists: [EnergyPolicy-List]

Note: California Energy Commission's formal name is State Energy Resources Conservation and Development Commission.

Page Online:
Go to Content | Go to Page Updated Information | Go to Footer