Access to the grid and market
The ISO provides open and non-discriminatory access to the transmission grid, supported by a competitive energy market for resources generating one megawatt or more. Depending on the resource capabilities, market participants can elect to bid into the energy and ancillary services market or sell other electricity products.
Process and requirements
Generator interconnection application process
Requirements and resources for Generating Facilities seeking interconnection with the transmission grid in the California ISO Balancing Authority Area.
Participating generator certification
To participate in the market, generators must enter into a participating generator agreement (PGA) with the ISO. For additional information on the participating generator certification process, fill out the new entrant contact form
Metering and telemetry
The ISO facilitates the timely installation and certification of revenue metering, as well as telemetry for participating generating units.
Options for participating generators
The ISO provides opportunities for a range of resource types.
Generation developers seeking interconnection to a local distribution system must arrange for interconnection with the local utility and with ISO if they wish to participate in the wholesale market.
Ancillary Services Certification is required for Participating Generators and Participating Load to bid Ancillary Services.