Energy Efficiency (R.09-11-014)
What’s this? This rulemaking continues the work of R.06-04-010 and serves as the forum for the CPUC’s continued implementation of the California Energy Efficiency Strategic Plan as well as the forum for initiating the next planning cycle for 2013-2015 energy efficiency program plans, funding levels, and related issues.
On June 20, the CPUC issued a Ruling to provide direction to entities interested in submitting proposals to the CPUC for local government regional energy network pilot programs, as provided for in Decision (D.) 12-05-015. D.12-05-015 allows for CPUC consideration of proposals for local government regional energy networks (RENs) separately from the investor-owned utility ( IOU) applications for their 2013-2014 energy efficiency portfolios. In addition, this ruling requested comments from parties to refresh the record in this proceeding on the subject of how community choice aggregators (CCAs) will be able to participate in administering energy efficiency programs on behalf of the customers and/or geographic areas they serve and also directed CCAs regarding how to make such requests while the permanent procedures for program cycles beginning in 2015 are under consideration and finalized by the CPUC. The REN and CCA program proposals were filed July 16, and responses to the proposals were filed Aug. 3. Comments in response to the Ruling were filed Aug. 10, and reply comments were filed Aug. 17.
On Aug. 14, the CPUC issued a Ruling seeking post-workshop comments on demand-side cost-effectiveness issues. In response to directives from the CPUC in both the energy efficiency and demand response-related proceedings, CPUC staff held two workshops on demand-side program cost-effectiveness in June. The first workshop focused on avoided costs and discount rates, while the second workshop focused on the Standard Practice Manual tests. Because of the commonality among the cost-effectiveness issues across all demand-side programs overseen by the CPUC, comments on these workshops, as well as certain questions detailed in the ruling and attached discussion papers, were requested for filing only in R.09-11-014, to minimize duplication of effort in multiple proceedings. The ruling presents a series of questions to which parties were invited to respond, compiled from staff pre-workshop questions and party participation in the workshops, and additionally provides as attachments three separate discussion papers on related cost-effectiveness topics, on which parties were invited to comment as well.
In related news, on Aug. 27, in A.12-07-001, et al., the consolidated proceeding to consider the IOU applications to establish energy efficiency programs and budgets for 2013 and 2014, the CPUC issued a Scoping Memo and Ruling to determine the scope, schedule and need for hearing in A.12-07-001, et al. In addition, the ruling seeks supplemental information from all proponents of energy efficiency programs for the 2013-2014 period, including the IOUs, RENs and CCAs, and invites responses to the supplemental information and additional comments on issues of concern from all interested parties. As per the schedule in the scoping memo and ruling, supplemental information requested in the attachments to the scoping memo and ruling was due Sept. 5, comments on the supplemental information filed on Sept. 5 and any additional comments or concerns on any matters within the scope of this proceeding were due Sept. 14, and reply comments were due Sept. 21. The CPUC anticipates the proposed decision on energy efficiency programs and budgets for 2013 and 2014 to be issued on Oct. 9.
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