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Order Instituting Rulemaking to Consider Smart Grid Technologies Pursuant to Federal Legislation and on the Commission’s own Motion to Actively Guide Policy in California’s Development of a Smart Grid System.
California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC)

The California Public Utilities Commission (Commission) initiates this proceeding pursuant to federal legislation as well as its own motion to consider policies for California investor-owned electric utilities (IOUs) to enhance the ability of the electric grid to support important policy goals including reducing greenhouse gas emissions, increasing energy efficiency and demand response, expanding the use of renewable energy, and improving reliability. The proceeding will consider setting policies, standards and protocols to guide the development of a smart grid system and facilitate integration of new technologies such as distributed generation, storage, demand-side technologies, and electric vehicles.

The Energy Independence and Security Act of 2007 (H.R. 6, 110th Congress, or “EISA”) states: It is the policy of the United States to support the modernization of the Nation’s electricity transmission and distribution system to maintain a reliable and secure electricity infrastructure that can meet future demand growth… California shares this national goal, as demonstrated by its firm commitment to resource adequacy, reliability, distributed generation, and demand-side programs.

This information was submitted by Jeremy Laundergan, Director, Utility Services Consulting, EnerNex, jlaundergan@enernex.com on 08/31/2011.

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