Renewables Transmission Planning and Development

Transmission is to renewable energy resources what the transcontinental railroad was to opening up the West. We need to connect California’s renewable resource-rich regions—wind from Tehachapi, geothermal and wind from the Imperial Valley, concentrated solar power from the Mojave Desert, and to a lesser extent, bio-energy from the Central Valley—to the large coastal urban load centers of the state where it is needed. Making this vital connection will require a series of massive, multi-billion dollar investments in new transmission infrastructure. In conjunction with the California Energy Commission, we have been promoting a unique stakeholder collaboration project to expedite planning and development of vital transmission projects.

Recent Developments:

V. John White and Jim Caldwell met with CPUC Energy Division staff, senior procurement officers for Southern California Edison, and CAISO staff to discuss the potential for transmission expansions and related grid upgrades in the Moorpark/Oxnard Sub-Area. Along with the new Request for Offers for advanced clean-energy technologies and preferred resources, these grid expansions could be an important means of strengthening grid reliability and local grid support while lessening reliance on gas plants.