Resolving the PCIA issue will eliminate some uncertainty, but not the challenge of CCAs’ lack of access to capital, Picker said. That has kept them from obtaining long-term PPAs in proportion to the scale of their potential need and forced them to serve load largely through short term contracts, he said.
A central authority for all procurement could resolve the procurement impasse and move the state toward its GHG reduction goals, Picker said. “We have a renewables standard, and everybody is talking about 100% renewables, but that doesn’t necessarily translate into GHG reductions,” he said. “Should we go to a GHG reduction standard?”