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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.
CEERT worked with CAISO on the 2018 Transmission Planning Process, which included a focus on studying how transmission expansions and upgrades could reduce local capacity requirements and the need to operate gas-fired power plants in disadvantaged communities. CEERT has had preliminary discussions with CAISO, Southern California Edison (SCE), and LADWP about the possibility of shared ownership and operation of expanded transmission into the LA Basin from the east, to enable an increase in renewable imports and to strengthen both the CAISO and LADWP systems’ reliability.
In addition, we urged CPUC staff to include more robust, realistic assumptions about the need for expanded transmission to meet both RPS and GHG reduction goals in the Integrated Re¬source Plan and in the generation portfolio assumptions the CPUC requires CAISO to use in its transmission planning.
James Caldwell, Jr. is CEERT’s Senior Technical Consultant. His academic and professional background includes over fifty years of experience in the energy industry. For the past thirty years, he has specialized in renewable technology and project development including photovoltaic solar, concentrating solar thermal power, wind, biomass, and geothermal. He has been employed in technical and executive positions in the oil industry (Atlantic Richfield), the California utility industry (Los Angeles Department of Water and Power), the U.S. Department of Energy, renewable trade associations, and several large and small renewable re¬source developers. Jim has a BS degree in Chemical Engineering from Stanford University and an MBA from California State University at Long Beach.
Director of Grid Policy
Dr. Liz Anthony is CEERT’s Director of Grid Policy. She began at CEERT as a UC Davis ELIPPS Fellow while completing her doctoral research on a clean energy focused project at the University of California, Davis. While at UC Davis she also developed and taught renewable energy modules to local students through a National Science Foundation fellowship. She has since completed her PhD in Chemical Engineering and has joined CEERT full time.