California’s group alternative aggregators (CCAs) are contracting large-scale renewable-storage tasks and increase behind-the-meter assets at a document clip, boosted by their clear power priorities and a flexibility in rolling out new buyer packages that the state’s investor-owned utilities lack. 

That might permit the town and county entities that serve about one-quarter of the state’s electrical energy prospects to assist present the grid reliability California regulators are desperately searching for earlier than subsequent summer season, to forestall a repeat of this August’s rolling blackouts. 

However CCAs face related limitations as utilities and challenge builders to rapidly including batteries to large-scale renewable power tasks, in addition to uncertainty to their long-term grid worth. Additionally they deal with statewide coverage disconnects that solar-battery aggregators and demand response suppliers say are holding again the total potential of these distributed power assets (DERs). 

It’s unclear whether or not a newly launched order instituting rulemaking (OIR) from the California Public Utilities Fee, searching for proposals to boost the state’s grid reliability by August 2021, shall be in a position spur efforts that may meet that deadline. However adjustments to how batteries and demand response are valued for the grid might assist. 

So says an October letter to state lawmakers and regulators from the California Clear Useful resource Adequacy Coalition (CCRAC), a gaggle of CCAs and distributed power assets (DER) distributors Tesla, Sunrun, Enel X, Voltus, Leap and Ohmconnect. 

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