FERC releases agenda for July 31 California reliability conference

The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission plans a July 31 technical conference on a California Independent System Operator (CAISO) proposal to implement an interim flexible capacity and local reliability resource retention mechanism (FLRR).

The technical conference will be held on July 31 from 9:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. (Pacific Time) in the Byron Sher Auditorium at the California Environmental Protection Agency Headquarters Building in Sacramento, said a July 11 FERC meeting notice.

The agenda and questions to be discussed are attached to the notice. The conference is intended to facilitate a structured dialogue on the reliability and risk-of-retirement concerns raised in the FLRR proceeding, including, how those concerns relate to the joint CAISO/California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC) Multi-Year Reliability Framework proposal.

The conference is intended to facilitate a structured dialogue on the reliability and risk-of-retirement concerns raised in the FLRR proceeding, including discussion of the possible development of a durable, market-based mechanism to provide incentives to insure reliability needs are met.

The CAISO and CPUC staff recently announced a joint Multi-Year Reliability Framework proposal (joint proposal) for revising the CPUC’s resource adequacy program and CAISO’s capacity procurement mechanism tariff provisions, that is related to this subject. Thus, this technical conference will also examine whether and how the joint proposal addresses the reliability needs raised in the FLRR proceeding.

Following a presentation by CAISO and CPUC staff, the conference will be divided into two panels. The first panel will examine the reliability issues raised in the FLRR proceeding and will also consider implications of the joint proposal for a Multi-Year Reliability Framework. The second panel will review possible solutions to the concerns that were raised in the FLRR proceeding as they pertain to flexible and local resources and whether the joint Multi-Year Reliability Framework offers a potential solution.

Panel one will include:

  • Todd Strauss representing Pacific Gas & Electric;
  • Pedro Pizarro representing Edison Mission Energy;
  • Gary Ackerman representing Western Power Trading Forum;
  • Kevin Woodruff representing The Utility Reform Network;
  • Carl Zichella representing the National Resources Defense Council; and
  • Kevin Carden representing Astrape Consulting.

Panel two will be comprised of:

  • Marc Ulrich representing Southern California Edison;
  • Mark Smith or Matthew Barmack representing Calpine;
  • Tony Braun representing California Municipal Utilities Association;
  • Joe Como representing the CPUC Division of Ratepayer Advocates;
  • Steven Kelly representing the Independent Energy Producers Association;
  • Mike Evans representing Shell Energy; and
  • Michael Milligan representing National Renewable Energy Laboratory.
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