WDG procurement

Unleashing an underserved market

Bringing more clean local energy to California

The wholesale distributed generation (WDG) market in California is woefully underserved — in part because the full value and benefits of WDG are not recognized and compensated in procurement processes. The Clean Coalition is working to fix this.

What is WDG?

A crucial market segment

WDG refers to distributed energy generation, often commercial-scale solar, that interconnects to the distribution grid and serves local loads while avoiding any use of the transmission grid. Rather than serving one customer, these systems can serve an entire community, while avoiding the expensive, inefficient transmission lines required by remote power generation.

Value and benefits of WDG

Wholesale distributed generation provides communities these benefits and more:

  • Avoids expensive and inefficient transmission infrastructure
  • Boosts local economies
  • Provides new power sources more quickly than central energy generation
  • Enhances resilience and energy security
  • Boosts energy independence

The Clean Coalition’s WDG Procurement Initiative: Our goal for 2020

WDG procurement and deployment is unleashed through:

  • Widely available standard offer procurement contracts, such as improved Renewable Market Adjusting Tariff (ReMAT) and Community Choice Energy (CCE) Feed-In Tariff (FIT) programs
  • Inclusion of WDG as a category in the next statewide Integrated Resources Planning (IRP)
  • Grid services that are compensated through Distribution Resources Planning (DRP) and Integrated Distributed Energy Resources (IDER) efforts

Initiative plan

  • Ensure that the economic value of location and other attributes is fully recognized and compensated, including the full value of avoided transmission costs, resulting in significant ratepayer savings.
  • Ensure transparency of the distribution grid, so that locations for DER receive optimized value.
  • Ensure that resilience value is fully recognized and compensated, including for indefinite renewables-driven backup power and avoided use of diesel generators and other fossil-fuel-dependent solutions.
  • Ensure that the environmental value of commercial-scale WDG on built environments is fully recognized and compensated.

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