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Our Preferred Resources Pilot

Our Preferred Resources Pilot: Forging a New Approach to Using Clean Energy

The Preferred Resources Pilot (PRP) is a multiyear study designed to determine whether clean energy resources – including solar, wind, energy storage, energy efficiency and energy conservation – can be acquired and deployed to offset the increasing customer demand for electricity in central Orange County. The growing demand for electricity is due in part to the closure of the San Onofre Nuclear Generating Station and the impending retirement of nearby ocean-cooled power plants, which may impact grid reliability. Based on the pilot’s results, the need for new gas-powered power plants in the region may be deferred or eliminated.

About 4 of Our Preferred Resources

#1: Energy Efficiency: Reducing Usage through Design, Equipment & Appliances

By contributing to reduction in electrical usage, Energy Efficiency measures help make a difference. They include more efficient building design, equipment and appliances.

#2: Demand Response: Reducing Usage at Key Times

Demand Response programs deliver a reduction in electric usage compared to normal consumption patterns, as customers respond to a trigger.

#3: Renewable Distributed Generation

Distributed generation of renewable power includes local electrical generation from renewable resources such as solar.

#4: Energy Storage

Energy Storage relies on advanced technologies to store electricity for later use.

The Pilot Region: All About Location

Our pilot is taking place in central Orange County — a region that encompasses a large part of the cities of Irvine, Tustin, Santa Ana and Newport Beach, as well as all or parts of the cities of Aliso Viejo, Corona del Mar, Costa Mesa, Laguna Beach, Laguna Woods, Laguna Hills, Laguna Niguel, Lake Forest and Mission Viejo. The area comprises approximately 204,000 residential utility customers and 30,000 commercial and industrial utility customers.

Launching Our 2nd PRP Request for Offers

We are seeking up to 100 megawatts (MW) of new electrical energy, capacity and renewable attributes from eligible resources in central Orange County that include Demand Response (DR), Renewable Distributed Generation (DG), Energy Storage (ES), Renewable DG paired with ES, and Permanent Load Shifting. Vendors with projects that meet our RFO requirements may now compete in this competitive process.

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Additional Information About Our Preferred Resources Pilot

Overview: Our Preferred Resources Pilot

Requests for Offers: Preferred Resources

Through our current RFO (PRP RFO 2), we are seeking to procure up to 100 MW of electrical energy, capacity, and renewable attributes from eligible resources.

More about PRP RFO #2 >

About our PRP RFO #1 (Closed July 2015) >

How You Can Help: Energy Saving Programs for Your Business

We offer a number of energy-saving programs that you can participate in.

Helping at Home: Energy Saving Programs for You & Your Family

There are many ways you can save energy at home.

Looking for a Letter of Support or Commitment?

We collaborate with many organizations to support innovation in the areas of renewable sources of energy, grid optimization and energy storage. If you are working on a project of this nature and need a letter of support or commitment for a California Energy Commission EPIC proposal, DOE or other funding source proposal, we may be able to help. Please review our instructions, then complete a request form and submit to us at collaborations@sce.com.


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