Electric Power Development in California

AB398 and AB617 have put California on the map again as a leader in climate and energy policy. This year’s conference returns to San Francisco many of the implementation policy decisions will be made. An important element is the CPUC’s Distributed Energy Resources (DER) Action Plan. You’ll have an opportunity to hear from Simon E. Baker, Deputy Director of the Energy Division, on agency goals, the pathways under consideration, progress so far, and what to expect in the coming year.

We’ll also take a deep dive into the practical aspects new energy project development, particularly financing. Topics will include:
~ Essential contractual elements
~ New financing structures, including uniquely Californian financing for distributed energy resources
~ Current investor appetites and tips for successfully packaging and presenting projects

A successful project needs a buyer, so our second day will focus on developing assets for a changing procurement market. One element is the growth in self-generation and Community Choice Aggregation (CCA). We’ll discuss the demand drivers, legal issues, and the ways utilities are responding to those changes.

The transition to more distributed generation is having an impact on market operations. You’ll have an opportunity to hear from, and ask questions of, representatives of both the California Independent System Operator and the governing body for the Western Energy Imbalance Market.

We’ll wrap up with a panel discussion of the opportunities for and challenges of new asset development as California becomes more specific about the types electric energy it wants to see developed. Panelists will discuss permitting and interconnection; site control issues for preferred distributed resources; alternatives to new generation; the potential for meeting storage goals by adding batteries to gas peaker plants, and the role for independent power producers.

The faculty includes thought leaders, policy makers, key players, and experts on market and legal issues. We hope you’ll be able to join us—register soon because space is limited. More information is available on our website.

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