During its annual update to its energy map blueprint\u2014the Integrated Energy Policy Report\u2014for state government, the California Energy Commission Aug. 19 attempted to reformulate how it views future energy use out to 2030. \tSince the last report to the legislature in 2011, the commission has new considerations, including climate change impacts, the potential for renewable energy storage, and more distributed solar resources. \tIn the short term, \u201cReliability [of the electric system] is the number one priority,\u201d said commissioner Andrew McAllister. He added that regulators have to \u201cjuggle\u201d other societal principals, like the state\u2019s greenhouse gas reduction requirements. \tIn the bigger picture, McAllister and others at the workshop noted that in a couple decades, the monopoly utility system\u2014the norm for over a century\u2014 may be in for some big changes. \t\u201cWe have to come up with something creative to allow utilities to exist,\u201d said McAllister. In the context of microgrids and distributed generation, utilities\u2019 future role is cloudy. \tCommission chair Bob Weisenmiller noted that it is akin to when the state decoupled utility revenues from sales\u2014leading to conservation rather than a push to sell more energy. Now, many states have that decoupling, but it was a breakthrough for California in 1981. Utility representatives agreed that the future of regulated utilities is set to look different. \u201cA very different future from the last 100-plus years,\u201d is how Dhaval Dagli, Southern California Edison principal manager, regulatory policy strategy, summed it up. But, the energy world is changing for more than utilities. \tThe California Independent System Operator over the next couple decades predicts being a different transmission organization, according to Lorenzo Kristov, grid operator principal, market and infrastructure policy. \tHe said that a proliferation of microgrids is expected. That should lead to erosion of the CAISO role, with a decreased use of the transmission system it manages. Instead, he said that a distribution operator role would increase. That could be a small regional or neighborhood authority on a microgrid. He added that the new vision could be a more \u201cfunctional\u201d one than an institutional one. That is, it could be more reactive regionally than centrally, as is currently the case. \tOne thing commissioners were wary of in developing the new report is recommending that Californians change their energy consumption behavior. \tWhile demand-response programs are expected to get bigger and home energy gadgets are set to proliferate, commissioners warned of attempts to change consumer use as a political third rail. \tAttempts at requiring behavioral changes in consumer use have met with political pushback at the state capitol. \tThe report is supposed to be a baseline for politicians and regulators in determining energy policy. It\u2019s a venue for methodology to predict energy changes, while including societal demands\u2014like greenhouse gas reduction.