The Western US Needs Better Regional Planning to Modernize the Grid
July 23, 2015
The Western Interconnection’s electricity system is undergoing unprecedented change. State and federal regulations requiring decreased coal-fired generation, as well as increased renewable energy resources, energy storage, demand response and energy efficiency, are projected to generate significant near- and long-term economic and environmental benefits…
By contrast, the California Independent System Operator (CAISO), the Alberta Electric System Operator, and most of the Eastern Interconnection use centralized markets and operations co-optimized to transact, schedule, and dispatch energy, capacity, and a host of ancillary services.