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How California can regionalize its energy system without handing Trump the grid

By V. John White / Sacramento Bee | August 2, 2018

FILE — In this Aug. 17, 2017 file photo Solar Tech Joshua Valdez, left, and Senior Plant Manager Tim Wisdom walk past solar panels and at a Pacific Gas and Electric Solar Plant, in Vacaville, Calif. When California lawmakers return from their summer recess in August 2018, among the high-profile bills to consider is whether to bump up renewal energy mandates and setting a goal of getting all of California’s energy from carbon-free sources by 2045. (AP Photo/Rich Pedroncelli, file)
Rich Pedroncelli AP

As lawmakers return from their summer recess, one of the most heated debates will center around a bill to restructure an important part of the state’s electricity industry. Assembly Bill 813 by Assemblyman Chris Holden, D-Pasadena, would open the door to expanding California’s electrical grid and integrating with the transmission systems of neighboring states.

Modernizing the grid will help California and our neighbors meet ambitious climate goals over the next two decades as we move to an electrical grid powered by 100 percent renewable energy. While it is essential that we continue to build momentum toward carbon-free electricity, we must proceed carefully and be certain California’s economic, environmental and political interests are protected. (read complete article)

 


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