California’s Distribution Resources Plan Working Group [R. 14-08-013]

 California’s Distribution Resources Plan [R. 14-08-013]


The California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC) issued an Assigned Ruling on May 2nd 2016 (click here for full ruling) that established the Locational Net Benefit Analysis (LNBA) and Integrated Capacity Analysis (ICA) Working Groups to monitor and provide consultation to the Independently Owned Utilities (IOUs) on the execution of Demonstration Projects A and B as defined in the Distribution Resource Plans. This website hosts all working group materials, presentations, meeting notices and draft reports for the LNBA and ICA Working Groups.  The Working Groups are managed by the IOU’s and facilitated by More Than Smart.  Ultimate Oversight of the Working Groups is provided by the CPUC Energy Division.

IOUs submitted their final Demo A and Demo B Final Reports to the CPUC in advance of the December 31st deadline:

A June 7 ACR provided scope and schedule to the continued long-term refinement activities for ICA and LNBA. More Than Smart facilitated the compilation of two scoping documents  to help the Working Group initiate long-term refinement discussions.

IOUs may be contacted via their respective case managers:

  • PG&E:
  • SCE:
  • SDG&E:

The ICA Working Group has submitted the following reports:

The LNBA Working Group submitted the following reports:

Upcoming Meetings and Deadlines:

Friday, July 7, 9am-4pm: ICA and LNBA Working Group meeting on long term refinement (in person)

  • Location: East Bay Community Foundation, 353 Frank Ogawa Plaza, Oakland, CA 94612 (near 12th St. BART station)
  • webinar registration
  • agenda (TBD)

Past Meetings and Deadlines

Thursday, March 2, 9am-1pm: Final LNBA Discussion before WG report submission (webinar-only)

Thursday, March 9, 9am-1pm: Final ICA discussion before WG report submission (webinar-only)

Monday, February 27, 10:00am-11:00am: LNBA Follow-Up Discussion on Future Use Principles (webinar-only)

Monday, February 27, 11:30am-1:00 pm: ICA Follow-Up Discussion on IOU Cost Estimates (webinar-only)

February 14: ICA follow-up meeting (webinar ) – 9am-1pm
webinar registration

January 17: ICA in-person meeting (9am-4pm – tentative)
East Bay Community Foundation
Oakland, CA 94612
January 11: LNBA webinar (presentation of tool and discussion of planning use case) – 1-3pm

January 6: 

  • ICA: 9am-12:00pm (register here)
    • Agenda (slide deck):
      • 9:00-9:15: Introduction, Overview of January Calendar, Purpose of WG Report
      • 9:15-10:00: IOU presentations on final demo results
      • 10:00-11:00: WG member questions on IOU reports and results
      • 11:00-12:00: WG recommendations and report drafting process
      • 12:00: Next steps
      • participant list
      • webinar recording
  • LNBA: 1:00pm-4:00pm (register here)
      • Agenda (slide deck):
      • 1:00-1:15: Introduction, Overview of January Calendar, Purpose of WG Report
      • 1:15-2:00: IOU presentations on final demo results
      • 2:00-3:00: WG member questions on IOU reports and results
      • 3:00-4:00: WG recommendations and report drafting process
      • 4:00: Next steps
      • participant list
      • webinar recording

December 13: ICA & LNBA WG webinars

  • ICA: 9am-11:30am (register here) (slide deck)
    • 9-9:15: Intro and overview of timing for December/January
    • 9:15-9:30: Overview of potential integration of work from national labs (LLNL/LNBL/SLAC) (scoping document)9:30-10:30: Review of LT-refinement10:30-10:45: Comments on proposed prioritization of LT topics10:45-11:00: WG volunteers for review of final Demo report sections11:00 – conclude
    • participant list
  • LNBA: 3pm-4pm (register here)  (slide deck)

  • November 16th: LNBA webinar (9am-12:30pm)

LNBA: Webinar on Deferability Criteria: Thursday, October 27th (12:30pm-2:30pm)

  • Stakeholder comments:

ICA: Monday, October 17th (9am-4pm)

October ICA slide deck
Participation list
Audio: part 1, part 2, part 3, part 4
Draft meeting summary notes

Inputs on Grid Data Access: submissions to date (last updated 11/16/2016)


Additional references: CEC interim report on Dynamic Load Flow Studies of Distribution Feeds in the San Joaquin Valley Region (workshop TBD)

LNBA: Wednesday, October 19th (9am-12:30pm)
October LNBA slide deck
Participation list
Webinar and audio (150 MB file)
Draft meeting summary notes

  • Agenda:
    • 9:00-9:15: Introductions
    • 9:15-9:30: Agenda and schedule of reports
    • 9:30-9:45: Deferability criteria and definition of grid services (6.1.b)
    • 10:15-12:00: Long-term refinement topics and interim report (6.2)
    • 12:00-12:30: Summarize/wrap-up

Previous ICA & LNBA WG Meetings:

September 30:  9:00AM-4:00 PM in Oakland

August 31st:  9:00AM-4:15 PM in Oakland

July 25th/26th:  In person meetings of the ICA and LNBA Working Groups to discuss stakeholder comments on IOU demo implementation plans.

July 5th2:00-4:00pm (conference call) – This call was used to 1) discuss the IOU’s ICA and LNBA submissions to the CPUC 2) continue addressing WG topics as outlined in the ACR, and 3) to follow up on continuing agenda items from the last workshop.

June 9th: 9:00-3:30: This meeting allowed stakeholders a final opportunity to discuss both the ICA and LNBA analysis with IOU representatives responsible for submitting their plans to the CPUC by June 16th, 2016.

June 1: 9:00-3:00 PM: This meeting allowed stakeholders an opportunity to discuss both the ICA and LNBA analysis with IOU representatives responsible for submitting their plans to the CPUC by June 15th, 2016.

May 18th: 10:30-12:00 PM (webinar) –  This meeting had SDG&E and SCE seeking input to address two specific aspects of the May 2nd CPUC ruling relating to the ICA: (1) the use of abstraction analysis or power flow analysis, and (2) the level of granularity desired.

May 12th: 1:30-3:00 PM (webinar) – Opening meeting for the LNBA and ICA Working Group

IOUs submitted their ICA & LNBA Demonstration Plans to the CPUC June 16th:

IOUs filed their ICA interim demonstration A reports to the CPUC on September 30th.

Please contact for additional information.

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