Transmission planning for a reliable, economic and open grid
Transmission planning at the ISO actively engages stakeholder and public input and uses the best engineering analysis possible to determine short- and long-term infrastructure needs.
Current transmission plan (2015-2016 planning cycle)
The annual transmission plan serves as the formal and Board-approved roadmap for infrastructure requirements for the ISO balancing authority.
Plans under development
2016-2017 transmission planning process
2017-2018 transmission planning process
Process and requirements
ISO, CEC and CPUC planning and procurement process alignmentAlignment of the transmission planning process with CEC Integrated Energy Policy Report (IEPR) demand forecast and CPUC Long Term Procurement Plan (LTPP) proceeding.
Transmission planning documents
Request Window Submission Form and Attachment A5/06/2016 14:46Form used in Phase 2 during the two-month Request Window to submit potential mitigation solutions, either transmission or non-transmission alternatives, to address reliability constraints identified in the current planning cycle.
Project sponsor applicationThis is the application for the competitive solicitation process.
Planning coordinator services
Submittal requirements - data for power system modeling and analysis - MOD-032-1Documentation regarding base case development and data submittal requirements for transmission and generation owners in accordance with NERC Reliability Standard MOD-032-1
Transmission planning and studies
ISO and participating transmission owner studies demonstrate how the ISO is planning for infrastructure needs while meeting North American Electric Reliability Corporation and ISO planning standards.
2017-2018 Transmission planning process
2016-2017 Transmission planning process
2015-2016 Transmission planning process
2014-2015 Transmission planning process
2013-2014 Transmission planning process
Accessing transmission data
Transmission planning base case data
The ISO provides access to its regional transmission planning base case data and dynamic data files to members of the Western Electricity Coordinating Council (WECC) and non-WECC members who have an approved WECC Base Case Data Request Package prior to requesting access to this data. Requesting entities must submit a Regional Transmission Non-Disclosure Agreement (NDA). Please review the Submission Instructions before submitting any forms for thorough instructions and links to the necessary forms.
Instructions to access positive sequence load flow data and dynamic models descriptions
General Electric International, Inc. (GEII) is the only party authorized to distribute GE Positive Sequence Load Flow (PSLF) reference manuals to other parties. A non-PSLF licensed user wanting copies of the load flow data and dynamic models export/import documents needs to contact GEII. Please direct all questions and access requests for a PSLF license to GEII at email@example.com
Previous reports and studies
Renewables integration reports and studies
Once through cooling and assembly bill 1318 studiesThe California ISO annual transmission planning process will be the main vehicle for the ISO to evaluate potential reliability impacts arising from implementation of California’s once-through cooling policy and air emission constraints in Southern California. Transmission planning studies will establish the potential reliability impacts of the State Water Resources Control Board policy that restricts the use of coastal and estuarine waters for power plant cooling. Planning studies will also address any system reliability issues associated with the lack of air permits available for new plant construction in the South Coast Air Quality Management District.
Draft pro forma approved project sponsor agreement processDraft form will apply to project sponsors selected in phase 3 of the transmission planning process, and used to acknowledge acceptance of the sponsor selected; establish the obligations, roles and responsibilities of the sponsor including project milestones; and reflect any binding cost control measures, including binding cost caps that the sponsor agreed to in their application.
Previous planning standards
Previous transmission planning processes
Transmission access charge model - archive