Regulators will soon decide between two paths regarding SCE’s proposed pilot — one where DER remains secondary to natural gas and another where they move to transform the distribution system.
A decision facing California regulators will show how deeply the state is committed to the energy transition for which Democrat Governor Jerry Brown claims national and global leadership.
The decision is whether to approve the second phase of the Southern California Edison (SCE) Preferred Resources Pilot (PRP). The PRP would ultimately be the largest scale test to date for the proposition that a portfolio of distributed energy resources (DER) can be as reliable as a natural gas plant in a transmission-constrained load pocket.
The SCE pilot is designed to drive “market transformation” and that requires “a clear regulatory path,” according to Nancy Pfund, managing partner of DBL Investors, one of California’s most important venture capital firms. Not approving this PRP “would send the wrong signal to investors like me who count on consistent policy in making investment decisions,” she told Utility Dive.
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