Getting started - exploring interconnection to the grid
The ISO provides open and non-discriminatory access to the transmission grid and wholesale power market for all resource types. Learn what it means to interconnect to the grid, how and where to begin the process and how to sell power to the grid once your resource is interconnected.
Start with familiarizing yourself with the ISO
Review New Scheduling Coordinator and Resource Owner Reference Guide
The New Scheduling Coordinator and Resource Owner Reference Guide was created by our Subject Matter Experts for Scheduling Coordinators and Resource Owners who are new to the New Resource Implementation (NRI) process. It contains helpful information, links and resources to enable users to find what they need to successfully work with the California ISO to interconnect their resources to the grid and participate in the wholesale power market.
Understand the interconnection process
Submit a request to interconnect
Participate in an interconnection study
Complete interconnection agreements
Follow the new resource implementation process
Non-ISO controlled grid connected generating units
Existing generatorsIf you are a generating unit already connected to the ISO controlled grid or distribution grid, below are the requirements and processes to transact in ISO markets.
If you are not connected to the ISO controlled grid, please commence the NRI process as directed below.
New Resource Implementation process and requirements
Interconnected Resources seeking market to sell power -learn more here
These may include resources already interconnected but not yet participating in the wholesale power market, or distribution level interconnected resources seeking wholesale market participation.
Demand Response providers -
learn more here
Demand response providers that can aggregate customers capable of reducing their electric demand (load) can participate in the ISO day-ahead, real-time and ancillary services markets as a Proxy Demand Resource (PDR) or Reliability Demand Response Resource (RDRR) provider.