CAISO expansion legislation delayed until 2018
According to Natural Resources Defense Council, which backs the move towards regionalization of western energy markets, Holden has said the issue will likely be revisited in January during the second half of California’s two-year session.
For now, the conservation group sees a lost opportunity. A quarter of the country’s power flows through the Western grid, connecting more than a dozen states, two Canadian provinces and Northern Mexico. Nearly 40 separate entities manage day-to-day grid operations.
“It’s a system that is rife with inefficiency, including an inability to make full use of California’s growing inventory of wind and solar power,” NRDC’s energy co-director Ralph Cavanaugh wrote in a blog post.
A a fully-integrated Western grid will help “avoid throwing away California’s pollution-free solar and wind generation,” he added in a statement.