As California grid expansion nears finish line, hurdles only get higher
Thursday, August 09, 2018
"With this bill, anything we do makes someone grumpy," said one architect of legislation to create a full Western electricity market.
California may finally achieve its dream of an integrated western grid — if skeptics can be convinced the state's energy policies and economy are protected.
Regionalizing would eliminate barriers between the 38 independent systems across the Western states and create a full regional electricity market. Advocates for Assembly Bill 813, which would the process in motion, say it could cut the West's electricity costs by eliminating interregional transmission charges and the building of redundant generation.