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 Integration 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 IOUs 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:

The ICA Working Group has submitted the following reports:

The LNBA Working Group submitted the following reports:

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.

The ACR also set deadlines for interim status reports.

  • August 31: Group I status report (ICA, LNBA)
  • October 31: Groups II, III, IV status report (ICALNBA)

A Final Decision (D. 17-09-026) was filed Sept. 26, 2017 on Track 1 DRP.

The Working Group met from May 2016 – March 2017 to review and make recommendations to both the short-term Demo A and Demo B projects, as well as make recommendations for long-term methodology refinement of both ICA and LNBA. The work products from those discussions are archived here: ARCHIVES

ICA and LNBA Draft Reports (due Jan. 8):

Work Products:



  • Group I topics:
  • Group II topics:
  • Group III topics:
    • Item 13: Situational awareness (Joint IOUs) (SEIA and Tesla)
    • Items A, 8, and 9: Valuing unplanned grid needs/beyond 10 years
    • Item 12: Value of asset life extension/reduction (Joint IOUs)
    • Item 14: Benefits of increased reliability (non-capacity related) (SEIA) (Joint IOUs)
    • Item 16: Benefits of DERs reducing frequency/scope of maintenance projects
    • Item 17: Benefits of DER penetration allowing for downsized replacement equipment


  • WG Guidelines for the Final Report Drafting and Editing Process
  • December:
    • 12/5 (ICA): Final comment on November meeting discussions
    • 12/6 (LNBA): Final comment on November meeting discussions
    • 12/11 (ICA): MTS circulates first draft
    • 12/12 (LNBA): MTS circulates second draft
    • 12/15 (ICA): First round of edits
    • 12/16 (LNBA): First round of edits
    • Mid-December (tentative) – in-person WG meeting
    • 12/28 (ICA): MTS circulates second draft
    • 12/29 (LNBA): MTS circulates second draft
    • 1/3 (ICA): Final edits
    • 1/5 (LNBA): Final edits
    • 1/8 (ICA and LNBA): Report Due

Past Meetings for Long-Term Refinement:

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

Tuesday, August 15, 9am-4pm (in person)

Tuesday, September 19, 9am – 4pm (in person)

Wednesday, October 11 (12pm – 1pm): ICA Demonstration Webinar

Monday, October 16 (in person): LNBA

Tuesday, October 17 (in person): ICA

Monday, November 13 (in person): ICA and LNBA 

Wednesday, December 13 and Thursday, December 14 (webinar only): ICA and LNBA

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