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Grid Operator Proposes $30 Billion for Green Grid

For the first time, the California grid operator has released a draft 20-year plan for a grid that supports total decarbonization of electricity in the state by 2045. The plan from the California Independent System Operator estimates a cost of $30.5 billion for new and upgraded high voltage lines needed to accommodate additions of […]

February 3, 2022|

FERC Won’t Allow PG&E to Bill Ratepayers $6M for Transmission Planning

Federal energy regulators rejected Pacific Gas & Electric’s request to swiftly recoup $6 million it spent downscaling three transmission projects as directed by the California grid operator. The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission voted 4-0 to deny PG&E permission to collect the money from ratepayers under its transmission tariff because the projects are still alive […]

January 3, 2022|

CAISO Regional Market Design Details Emerge, Big Questions Remain

The newly reinitiated stakeholder process to build a Western Day-Ahead Market took two steps forward that shows the California Independent System Operator’s ongoing commitment to the process. Stakeholders continued engagement also demonstrates progress.

On Dec. 3, following a forum and foundational workshop, CAISO responded to stakeholders’ calls for more detail and committed to creating working […]

December 13, 2021|

Guest Editorial: A Long-Term Vision Will Help California Decarbonize Faster and Cheaper

SB 100 set clean power goals for California, providing a clear and bold statement of the state’s commitment to global leadership toward a clean energy future by 2045. To achieve these goals, however, California requires an equally decisive and bold long-term plan to transition to tomorrow’s energy fleet.

The biggest threat to California’s decarbonization goals […]

November 23, 2021|

Replacement of Dirty Oakland Peaker Delayed

The plan to swap out the polluting Oakland Energy Center with battery storage this coming January has been delayed because of interconnection issues. It is a serious problem that is not limited to this plan to replace polluting energy with cleaner alternatives. Last week, California Public Utilities Commission member Martha Guzman Aceves pointed to […]

November 2, 2021|
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