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.
SCE Launches Second Preferred Resources Pilot Request for Offer
We are seeking up to 100 megawatts of new electrical energy, capacity and renewable attributes from eligible resources in central Orange County that include Demand Response, Renewable Distributed Generation, Energy Storage, Renewable Distributed Generation paired with Energy Storage and Permanent Load Shifting. 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.