Energy Seminar: Carla J. Peterman: Regulation at California's Distribution Edge: CPUC Efforts to Integrate, Value and Monetize Distributed Energy Resources

Sponsored by Precourt Institute for Energy


Monday, October 8, 2018
4:30 pm – 5:20 pm
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As customers adopt more distributed energy resources (DERs) such as solar PV, storage, and electric vehicles, the grid and regulatory architecture must adapt. California law requires a utility to consider distributed energy resources as an alternative to investments in its distribution system to ensure reliable electric services at the lowest possible costs. California law further requires identification of optimal DER locations, and measures to facilitate DER growth. Commissioner Peterman will discuss progress on the CPUC’s DER Action Plan, which sets a long-term vision for distributed energy resources and supporting policies; identifies CPUC actions needed to meet that vision; and establishes a coordinating framework across proceedings.

Speaker Biography:

Carla J. Peterman is a Commissioner at the California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC), appointed by Governor Brown in December 2012.

Peterman is the assigned Commissioner to a number of energy, communications, and water proceedings including energy efficiency, alternative transportation, energy storage, and PCIA reform.

The commissioner’s interest areas include decarbonization policy, energy markets, and technology adoption. She has led several CPUC clean-energy initiatives including the nation’s first utility energy storage mandate, the first framework for energy storage multi-use applications, approval of $965 million of utility investments in electric vehicle charging infrastructure, adoption of utility energy efficiency goals and business plans, and the implementation of California’s Renewable Portfolio Standard. She has been the assigned commissioner for rate cases for Pacific Gas & Electric, Southern California Edison, California-American Water Company, and San Jose Water Company.

She has also led several telecommunications proceedings, including a competition analysis of the telecommunications sector, and reform of the California Teleconnect Fund.

In 2011, Peterman was appointed to the California Energy Commission (CEC), where she was lead Commissioner for renewables, transportation, natural gas, and the 2012 Integrated Energy Policy Report. At the CEC, she oversaw implementation of California’s RPS regulations for publicly owned utilities, the New Solar Home Partnership Program, and the $100 million annual Alternative and Renewable Fuel and Vehicle Technology Program.

She is the first African-American female to be appointed to both Commissions.

Commissioner Peterman serves on various policy boards including the National Association of Regulatory Utility Commissioners (NARUC), NARUC’s Investment Committee, NARUC’s Energy Resources and Environment Committee (Vice-Chair), and Veloz. She was previously chair of the California Plug-in Electric Vehicle Collaborative and a board member of The Utility Reform Network (TURN).

Recognitions for her public service include KJLH Proven Achievers Award (2018), C3E Government Award (2015), Clean Energy Storage Alliance’s 2015 Policy Champion award; Coalition for Clean Air’s 2014 Clean Air Champion award, and the California Legislative Black Caucus’ Horizon Award (2013).

From 2006 to 2011, Commissioner Peterman conducted energy policy research at the University of California Energy Institute and Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory. She also served as an environmental business analyst at the community redevelopment non-profit Isles Inc. and an associate focused on energy financing in the investment banking division at Lehman Brothers.

Born and raised in New Jersey, Commissioner Peterman holds a PhD in Energy and Resources from UC Berkeley. She also earned a Master of Science and MBA from Oxford University, where she was a Rhodes Scholar. Commissioner Peterman holds a BA (summa cum laude) in History from Howard University.

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