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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE                                                           
Docket #: R.12-03-014 
SAN FRANCISCO, February 13, 2013 - The California Public Utilities Commission 
(CPUC) today authorized Southern California Edison (SCE) to procure between 
1,400 and 1,800 megawatts (MW) of electrical capacity in the Los Angeles basin. 
The decision requires that resources be located in a specific 
transmission-constrained area in Los Angeles in order to ensure adequate 
available electrical capacity to meet peak demand, and ensure the safety and 
reliability of the local electrical grid. 
For the defined portion of the Los Angeles basin, at least 1,000 MW, but no 
more than 1,200 MW of this capacity must be procured from conventional 
gas-fired resources.  At least 50 MW must be procured from energy storage 
resources.  At least 150 MW must be procured through preferred resources 
(energy efficiency, demand response, and distributed generation), consistent 
with the Loading Order in the state's Energy Action Plan, or energy storage 
In the CPUC's next long-term procurement proceeding, expected to commence in 
2014, the CPUC will evaluate whether there are additional localized electricity 
needs in California. 
SCE must now file an Application for each local reliability area seeking 
approval of contracts arising from the procurement process authorized today.  
The Applications are expected in late 2013 or early 2014.  Separately and 
earlier, SCE may also file applications for gas-fired generation in order to 
expedite review of such contracts. 
"Today's decision takes a creative new approach to integrating preferred 
resources into our long-term planning process," said CPUC President Michael R. 
Peevey. "This approach is a major step forward in our efforts to reduce 
greenhouse gas emissions and fight climate change. It will also allow us to 
exercise a more strategic deployment of preferred resources by targeting them 
at geographic areas where they are most needed and designing them with 
operational characteristics that best suit the need." 
"Today's decision begins the hard work of rebuilding antiquated electric 
infrastructure in and around Los Angeles," said Commissioner Mike Florio.  
"Going forward, SCE's customers will not be solely reliant on a fossil fueled 
electric supply. They will increasingly have their electric needs met by a 
competitive portfolio of energy efficiency, electric storage, demand response, 
and distributed generation. This is a critical step, bridging our past and 
Said Commissioner Catherine J.K. Sandoval, "This decision strikes the right 
balance between reliability, renewables development, and ratepayer interest. 
The decision allows flexibility to adjust the course if new conditions warrant." 
Added Commissioner Mark J. Ferron, "Through today's decision we are taking the 
forward-looking step of allowing preferred resources, such as energy efficiency 
and renewables, to be considered in meeting electricity reliability needs right 
alongside of fossil generation instead of as an afterthought." 
Added Commissioner Carla J. Peterman, "This long-term procurement decision is 
an important step forward in securing reliable electric service for the people 
and the economy of the Los Angeles basin.  At the same time, it charts a course 
toward a future in which California's preferred resources, including energy 
efficiency, demand response, and renewable energy, play a greater role in 
serving the state's electricity needs.  The CPUC's ongoing challenge is to 
ensure that we move toward an alternative energy future at reasonable cost." 
The proposal voted on today is available at: 
For more information on the CPUC, please visit<>. 
Media Contact: Terrie Prosper, 415.703.1366,                    
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