Resource Adequacy in the West – Update
Friday, October 23, 2020 11 a.m. MT
The changing resource adequacy paradigm in the West has been a regular topic at Joint CREPC-WIRAB Meetings since Spring 2017. The August 2020 rolling blackouts in California have once again focused industry attention on resource adequacy. We have invited the speakers from the Fall 2019 meeting to return and provide a progress report on resource adequacy efforts in the West. The California Public Utilities Commission established requirements for import contracts to count towards resource adequacy. The decision addresses concerns about speculative supply and non-resource-specific imports. The Northwest Power Pool completed the conceptual design of its voluntary Resource Adequacy Program and hired the Southwest Power Pool to be its Program Developer. The phased implementation plan calls for a Forward Showing Program to be implemented in mid-2021. In June 2020, Arizona Public Service filed its 2020 Integrated Resource Plan with the Arizona Corporation Commission. APS plans to add 750 megawatts of energy storage by 2024 to help keep its system reliable. The panelists discussed these resource adequacy developments, and more.