1. What is the CTPG Transmission Planning Process?
The recently concluded 2010 CTPG Transmission Planning Process followed the process described at pages 5 and 6 of the CTPG’s May 17, 2011, presentation to the California Energy Commission. This presentation is available at http://www.energy.ca.gov/2011_energypolicy/documents/2011-05-17_workshop/presentations/03_Beshir.pdf The CTPG anticipates that its 2011 study process will be similar.
2. How can my organization become a CTPG Member?
Membership in the CTPG is limited to entities that have (i) dedicated their transmission facilities to public service and (ii) undertaken to maintain obligations to serve the public with electricity for wholesale or retail customers under the rate-of-return regulation of a state public utility or public service commission or under the control of customer-elected or state-selected boards, councils, or other bodies that are Transmission Providers designated as either a Planning Authority or Transmission Planner under NERC or WECC regulations, or Transmission Providers that is a membership organization whose members meet the foregoing qualifications, or federal power marketing agencies. Entities seeking membership in the CTPG should meet the foregoing requirements and forward a written request for membership to the Chairperson of the CTPG Executive Management Committee. Membership is subject to the approval of 100 percent of the voting Members of the CTPG.
The CTPG also includes Non-Member Participants whose participation, rights and obligations are generally consistent with the participation, rights and obligations of Members but with important exceptions. Currently, the California ISO (CAISO) and the Western Area Power Administration (WAPA) are CTPG Non-Member Participants. CAISO is a non-voting participant; WAPA's role as a Particpant avoids obligations, duties, rights or entitlements that arise solely from California laws creating and governing an unincorporated association such as the CTPG.
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5. What is FERC Order 890 and why is it important?
FERC Order 890 is available directly from the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission at http://www.ferc.gov/industries/electric/indus-act/oatt-reform.asp. Its significance for electric transmission planning is highlighted in FERC’s Fact Sheet available at http://www.ferc.gov/industries/electric/indus-act/oatt-reform/order-890/fact-sheet.pdf.
6. What power system reliability criteria does the CTPG use in its studies?
The CTPG applies the power system reliability criteria enforced by the Western Electricity Coordinating Council (WECC) and the North American Electric Reliability Corporation (NERC). The complete set of criteria is available from NERC at http://www.nerc.com/page.php?cid=2|20.
7. What regulations govern the CTPG Plan?
The CTPG is a subregional planning organization that was formed and operates with the objective of being consistent with certain of the nine planning principles adopted in the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission’s Order 890. The CTPG’s activities observe the following planning principles adopted in Order 890 in the following manner:
8. Glossary of Terms
NERC’s Glossary of Terms can found at http://www.nerc.com/files/Glossary_of_Terms_2011October26.pdf. This glossary is considered the industry-standard.