2015 Resource Adequacy (RA)
Phase 2: Development of a Permanent Flexible Capacity Program 



Each year, the CPUC reviews the Resource Adequacy (RA) program to ensure that it continues to meet its goals to support reliability for California’s electric needs. The CAISO studies Flexible Capacity needs in order to balance the electric grid as more intermittent renewable resources are brought online. Flexible capacity resources are needed to quickly supply power when the output of wind and solar resources change based on the intermittency of the wind and the solar energy.    

In June 2014, the CPUC issued a Decision to establish an interim Flexible Capacity program for 2015 – 2017, which created the first requirements for flexible capacity. On January 6, 2015, the CPUC issued a Scoping Memo to commence the development of a permanent flexible capacity program, to be completed no later than 2017.   

In October 2015, the California Independent System Operator (CAISO) will release new studies that are expected to better define future flexible needs, which will serve as a basis for the permanent Flexible Capacity Program. Phase 2 is expected to commence once the CAISO studies are released. 


ORA Policy Position

ORA advocates for the most cost-effective solutions to maintain electricity reliability while integrating more renewables into the electric grid. The CAISO’s annual technical studies are necessary to determine the energy resources needed to support reliability of the electric grid as California increasingly adds renewable resources. ORA supports reliability strategies that are achieved at the least cost.
ORA is currently participating in Phase 1 of the Resource Adequacy proceeding, and will engage in Phase 2 when it commences toward the end of 2015.


Proceeding Docket

See the Proceeding docket.  

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Other Resources

See ORA’s Main Resource Adequacy webpage.

See CAISO’s Flexible Capacity Needs Technical Study Process