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2016-2017 Transmission planning process

The California ISO 2016-2017 transmission planning cycle involves key stakeholder activities from 2016 through early 2017. Each year, the ISO conducts its transmission planning process to identify potential system limitations as well as opportunities for system reinforcements that improve reliability and efficiency. The transmission planning process core product is the ISO Transmission Plan, which provides an evaluation of the ISO control grid, examines conventional grid reliability requirements and projects, summarizes key collaborative activities and provides details on key study areas and associated findings. 

 

​Process status

Board of Governors approval:  March 15, 2017
Transmission plan: Complete
Phase 2: Complete
Study plan: Completed March 31, 2016

​Supplemental special studies

Board-approved plan

Appendix B is available in the Market Participant Portal

Phase 2 - conduct technical studies and develop comprehensive plan

The ISO performs technical studies, and with stakeholders develops an annual comprehensive transmission plan that examines the ISO controlled grid and reliability requirements and identifies mitigation solutions. Transmission mitigation solutions may meet reliability, economic or public policy-driven needs that support state, federal, municipal and county policy requirements and directives.

2016-2017 transmission plan

  • 2016-2017 transmission planning process - board-approved plan and appendices
    Appendix B is available on Market Participant Portal
  • 2016-2017 transmission planning process - revised draft plan and appendices
    Appendix B is available on Market Participant Portal
  • 2016-2017 transmission planning process - draft plan and appendices
    Appendix B is available on Market Participant Portal

Policy-driven and economic assessment

Reliability assessment

Conceptual statewide plan

Special studies

Phase 1 - develop study plan  

In collaboration with stakeholders, the ISO develops and finalizes a study plan that consists of a common set of assumptions for reliability and other planning studies the ISO will perform in Phase 2. The development of a conceptual statewide transmission plan begins in this phase and may be completed during Phase 1 or Phase 2. Stakeholders may also request economic planning studies to assess potential economic benefits (such as congestion relief) in specific areas of the grid.

Study plan