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Our Preferred Resources Pilot

Meeting Reliability Needs - Energy Efficiency, Distributed Generation (Solar & CHP), Advanced Technology (Inverters, control systems, active distribution components, etc.), Demand Response, Energy Storage, Behavioral Initiatives (TOU rates, etc.)

Meeting Local Energy Needs in Alternative Ways

We’ve launched a multi-year, comprehensive study designed to determine whether preferred resources -- including clean energy options such as energy efficiency, energy conservation, solar, wind, and energy storage -- can meet the constantly changing demands for electricity in the central Orange County area.

Our hope is that with the right mix of these preferred resources, we can ensure electricity continues to be available when it is needed, which will reduce or eliminate the need to build new gas-fired plants. A grid-level measurement system that we will roll out this year will help us analyze the contribution of preferred resources in the pilot area.

Results of the pilot will be used to inform the clean energy grid of the future throughout our service territory and possibly the utility industry.

Central Orange County: We’re Looking at You

Our pilot takes place in central Orange County, near the San Onofre Nuclear Generating Station (SONGS). Now that the plant is no longer producing electricity, and with other ocean-cooled power plants scheduled for closure in 2020, we need to ensure electricity reliability remains at dependable levels.

To learn more about the Preferred Resources Pilot, review this overview.
Learn more about what the project accomplished in 2014 in this progress update.


See map of the pilot area >
See a google earth map of the pilot area >

SCE Launches Renewable Distributed Generation Request for Offer

We are seeking up to 50 megawatts of new renewable distributed generation in central and south Orange County.  Vendors with projects that meet our Request for Offer (RFO) requirements may now compete in this competitive process.  Information about the upcoming Bidder's Web Conference, the RFO, and eligibility requirements, are available at our RFO page.

Go to RFO page >

More Information

The Clean Coalition has released a Solar Siting Survey that identifies over 160 megawatts of potential solar capacity and provides key tools to assess specific siting opportunities. Read More.

These printable materials about the PRP are provided in four languages.


For answers to specific questions, contact us at preferredresources@sce.com.