Governor Brown Puts Hold on Regional Grid Plan

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Western grid
Western grid

EL CENTRO — The Imperial Irrigation District said they were pleased to learn the regionalization plan for the California Independent System Operator will not be moving forward this year.

“IID is gratified that Gov. Brown has decided not to forge ahead with the plan to expand the CAISO’s footprint into adjoining western states served by a private corporation, PacifiCorp,” said IID General Manager Kevin Kelley. “For its part, IID applauds this decision and looks forward to working with the governor to advance policies that give Californians more control over their energy future.”

IID’s service area is home to abundant renewable energy resources that, if fully developed, can help California meet its renewable energy goals while at the same time providing an economic boon to the local economy.

“With the state’s ambitious renewable energy and climate change agenda at stake, the governor showed real leadership in pushing the pause button on CAISO regionalization,” Kelley said.

Senate Bill 350 mandates that California utilities achieve a 50-percent renewable portfolio standard by 2030. It also provides CAISO a path toward creating a multi-state regional transmission organization. Much work has been accomplished; however, important questions and issues of concern remain.

“This is a time for California to be working toward the democratization of its electric grid, not paving the way for its privatization,” said Kelley.