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Goals of the Resource Adequacy Program
The Resource Adequacy program has two goals:
- To ensure the safe and reliable operation of the grid in real-time providing sufficient resources to the California Independent System Operator (CAISO) when and where needed.
- To incentivize the siting and construction of new resources needed for future grid reliability.
The CPUC adopted a Resource Adequacy (RA) policy framework (Public Utilities Code section 380) in 2004 to in order to ensure the reliability of electric service in California. The CPUC established RA obligations applicable to all Load Serving Entities (LSEs) within the CPUC’s jurisdiction, including investor-owned utilities (IOUs), energy service providers (ESPs), and community choice aggregators (CCAs). The Commission’s RA policy framework – implemented as the RA program - guides resource procurement and promotes infrastructure investment by requiring that LSEs procure capacity so that capacity is available to the CAISO when and where needed.
The CPUC’s RA program now contains three distinct requirements: System RA requirements (effective June 1, 2006), Local RA requirements (effective January 1, 2007) and Flexible RA requirements (effective January 1, 2015).