Interconnection Rulemaking 17-07-007

(Updated January 2019)

On July 13, 2017, the California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC or Commission) issued an Order Instituting Rulemaking to consider a variety of refinements to the interconnection of distributed energy resources under Electric Rule 21. This web page provides information about proceeding scope, schedule, working groups, and regulatory history. To access the service list and proceeding materials such as filings, comments, rulings, and decisions, please refer to the R.17-07-007 docket.

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R.17-07-007 Working Groups

The R.17-07-007 Scoping Memo, as modified by the Amended Scoping Memo, requires a series of working groups to develop proposals to address a number of interconnection issues.  Working group meetings are public and all interested persons may participate.

Currently, only Working Group Three is meeting. Instructions for how to join the distribution list for the working group can be found below.

Working Group One

Working Group One Final Report: On March 15, 2018, Working Group One filed the Working Group One Final Report with the Commission, recommending proposals to address "Urgent and/or Quickly Resolved Issues" (Issues 1-5 and 7 in the orginal Scoping Memo).  

Working Group Two

Working Group Two Final Report:  On October 31, 2018, Working Group Two filed the Working Group Two Final Report with the Commission, recommending proposals to address "Integration Capacity Analysis and Streamlining Interconnection Issues" (Issues 6 and 8-11 in the original Scoping Memo).

Working Group Three

Working Group Three is tasked with developing proposals to address the issues identified in the Amended Scoping Memo.  The Working Group Three report is due to the Commission no later than June 14, 2019.

Facilitation by Gridworks:  Gridworks will facilitate Working Group Three. All materials and meeting notifications will be shared via the Working Group Three website at http://www.gridworks.org/initiatives/rule-21-working-group-3/.

Working Group Three held its first meeting via teleconference on November 28, 2018.  To receive scheduling information, please visit the Gridworks Working Group Three website, or follow the instructions below to join the distribution list for the working group.

Distribution List: Following the kickoff call, Gridworks will maintain the distribution list for Working Group Three. Please sign up by clicking the "Join Us!" link on the Gridworks website at http://www.gridworks.org/initiatives/rule-21-working-group-3/ . This distribution list will be for Working Group Three participation; following the kickoff call, meeting materials and notifications will not be distributed to the R.17-07-007 service list.

Proceeding Scope

On October 2, 2017, the R.17-07-007 Scoping Memo set forth the issues into this proceeding.  On November 15, 2018, the Amended Scoping Memo modified the scope and schedule of the proceeding.  Below is a summary of the proceeding:

Phase One

  • Working Group One (Urgent and/or Quickly Resolved Issues)
  • Working Group Two (Integration Capacity Analysis and Streamlining Interconnection Issues)
  • Working Group Three
  • Working Group Four

Phase Two

  • Ratesetting Issues Requiring Coordination with 14-08-013

Phase Three

  • Small and Multi-Jurisdictional Utility Rules

Please refer to the Scoping Memo and the Amended Scoping Memo for the list of specific issues to be addressed in each working group.

Proceeding Schedule

The adopted schedule for the reminder of the proceeding is shown below. 


Activity

Date

PHASE ONE

Working Groups Three and Four  

Working Group Three Commences

November 28, 2018

Working Group Three Report Due

June 14, 2019

Workshop on Working Group Three Report

June 21, 2019


Ruling on Working Group Three Report

July 19, 2019

Comments on Working Group Three Report and Responses to Ruling

August 2, 2019

Reply Comments on Report and Ruling

August 12, 2019

Working Group Four Commences

TBD

PHASES TWO AND THREE  

Prehearing Conference on Phase Two

TBD

Phase Three Begins and Working Group Eight Begins to Meet

+30 days

Working Group Eight Proposal Filed

+ 90 days

Comments on Working Group Eight Proposal

+30 days

 

Key Proceeding Documents

Please see the R.17-07-007 docket for a complete listing of filings, comments, rulings, and decisions.

Proceeding History

On July 13, 2017, the California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC or Commission) issued an Order Instituting Rulemaking to consider a variety of refinements to the interconnection of distributed energy resources under Electric Tariff Rule 21. 

On October 2, 2017, the Commission issued a Scoping Memo setting forth the category, issues, need for hearing, schedule, and other matters necessary to scope this proceeding. 

Working Group One held meetings from October 13, 2017, to March 2, 2018.

On March 15, 2018, Working Group One filed the Working Group One Final Report with the Commission, recommending proposals to address "Urgent and/or Quickly Resolved Issues" (Issues 1-5 and 7 in the original Scoping Memo).

Working Group Two held meeting from March 14, 2018, to October 10, 2018.

On October 31, 2018, Working Group Two filed the Working Group Two Final Report with the Commission, recommending proposals to address "Integration Capacity Analysis and Streamlining Interconnection Issues" (Issues 6 and 8-11 in the original Scoping Memo).

On November 16, 2018, the Commission issued an Amended Scoping Memo modifying the scope and schedule of the proceeding.

On November 28, 2018, Working Group Three held its first meeting.

Contact

For questions regarding proceeding scope and schedule, please contact Sophie Meyer, Utilities Engineer, at sophie.meyer@cpuc.ca.gov.

To join the service list for this proceeding, follow the instructions found here and complete the Addition/Change to Service List form.

For question regarding becoming a party to the proceeding and filing and service procedures, please contact the CPUC Public Advisor at 866-849-8390 or public.advisor@cpuc.ca.gov.


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