Southern California Edison tackles Public Utilities Commission concerns over power supply


Rosemead, CA, USA — (METERING.COM) — August 17, 2006 – Following California Public Utilities Commission President Michael Peevey’s directive regarding southern California’s future electric needs, Southern California Edison (SCE) has announced that it is taking measures to achieve the CPUC’s demand response and generation goals.

This will be accomplished by making three types of resources available to the California grid management body, the California Independent System Operator. The first is to increase demand response initiatives, including a proposal to recruit additional volunteer residential customers for SCE’s Summer Discount program, which offers customers a discount on summer bills if they allow SCE to interrupt air conditioning compressors during power emergencies.

At present close to 200,000 customers take part in the program and receive summer bill credits ranging from $50 to $200, depending on the program features they have chosen. This reduces load by up to 390 megawatts; SCE’s total portfolio of demand response programs will reduce demand by 1,140 MW at critical times.

SCE is also modifying a new generation plan, and has this week released formal documents soliciting long-term power purchase contract offers by independent power producers. The third track involves adding small utility generations units, designed to start up within minutes in response to an urgent need for additional generation.