2014 California Utility Energy Storage RFO Update Webinar

2014 California Utility Energy Storage RFO Update Webinar
Reorded on Thursday, December 18, 2014:

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2:00 - 3:30 pm Eastern US Time

Presented in Partnership with

Orrick, Herrington<br> & Sutcliffe LLP

As required by the CPUC’s October 2013 energy storage decision (13-10-040), the three California IOUs are preparing to issue their first storage-only RFO for storage projects no later than this December, 2014. Under the CPUC’s follow-on October 2014 decision (14-10-045), the California IOUs are required to procure up to 112.8 MW of storage projects in the upcoming storage RFO, including storage projects interconnected at the transmission, distribution and/or customer levels of up to: 80.5 MW by PG&E, 16.3 MW by SCE and 16 MW by SDG&E. This upcoming RFO arrives on the heels of an increasingly active energy storage market in 2014, spurred on in no small part by SCE’s 2013 LCR RFO, under which SCE procured over 260 MW of storage projects, and storage solicitations and negotiations actively pursued with utilities in other parts of the United States. In addition, SDG&E has issued its 2014 LCR RFO for energy storage projects this past September, 2014, under which SDG&E intends to procure storage projects to satisfy its LCR objectives in addition to the CPUC’s October 2013 energy storage decision requirements. Developers, investors and other industry participants are now increasingly focused on evaluating the real energy storage needs of California IOUs and the issues bidders are likely to face in the 2014 energy storage RFO.

This webinar will include representatives from SCE, ZGlobal and Orrick, and will explore issues presented by the 2014 energy storage RFO, including:

  • The CPUC revised its 2014 RFO targets for storage to from 90 MW to 80.5 MW for PG&E, 90 MW to 16.3 MW for SCE and 20 MW to 16 MW for SDG&E based on the IOUs’ procurement applications. Do the IOUs intend to apply any of their other currently owned or contracted energy storage resources to offset these updated MW targets?
  • What size storage projects are the IOUs most interested in?
  • Do the IOUs have a preference in the type of technology utilized by the storage projects?
  • What is each IOU’s anticipated procurement of storage resources allocated by POI (transmission, distribution, and customer grid domains)? Based on the IOUs’ owned or contracted resources, do the IOUs have a larger appetite for any one or more of these types of storage resources?
  • What type of contractual or alternative structures do the IOUs intend to utilize in the storage RFO?
  • Do the IOUs have any interest in hybrid storage projects connected to new or existing renewables or conventional generation projects?
  • Do the IOUs have a preference for directly owning or constructing storage facilities, and do they intend to use the storage RFO as a vehicle for this strategy?
  • Since energy storage projects both absorb and deliver energy, how are these projects assessed in the interconnection process?
  • What needs to be done to clarify that energy storage projects are not load for consumption and not subject to purchasing energy at retail tariff rates?
  • How are the storage projects going to be operated? Is it purely on economics based on prices for day-ahead energy, real-time energy, operating reserves, and regulation or segment into time periods or functionally (reserves, energy, regulation, balancing)?
  • What changes need to be made to the CAISO market modeling parameters to accommodate energy storage projects?


Les Sherman, Partner, Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe LLP


Kevin Coffee, Vice President, ZGlobal

Rosalie Roth, Energy Storage RFO Lead, Energy Contracts Origination, SCE

David Spielberg, Partner, Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe LLP

Erin Dolleris

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How It Works

The 90 minute session is interactive and you will be able to submit questions -live- to our esteemed speakers - via computer during the session. However, please note that since this is a discussion and not a formal presentation the only visual elements will be the information contained herein.
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You will have the opportunity to ask questions at specified times during the presentation. All participants will be able to hear both the questions and answers.

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By purchasing a site connection, you can invite as many people as you would like to view and participate in the session from a single location. Set up the session in a conference room and project the presentation and chat on a large screen. You also have rights to distribute copies of the presentation materials to everyone involved. Please note that audio is received via the phone line and must be broadcast to your group.

If for any reason a relevant stakeholder cannot co-locate for the session, we encourage you to include that person by purchasing an additional connection at the reduced fee of $50 per session. This will ensure that every member of a team receives the same relevant, timely information in the most efficient way. If you have any technical or purchasing questions, please contact us at (818) 888-4444.

Should you be unable to attend, a refund, less a $50 administrative charge, will be made for cancellations received via letter or fax at least 3 working days before the event. We regret cancellations will not be accepted after that date. However, we will be pleased to transfer your registration to another member of your company or credit the registration fee to another Infocast conference if you register within 6 months from the date of this conference. In the event the conference is canceled, Infocast’s liability is limited to the refund of the conference registration fee only.

  • Friday, 21 November 2014