CEERT Reports


CEERT’s Review of the Challenges Ahead

May 2024


The Center for Energy Efficiency and Renewable Technologies (CEERT) continues to prioritize its engagement in California’s transmission planning, interconnection, and permitting processes. Last year we released three reports focused on the need for substantial expansion of the high voltage transmission system and on the need for major reforms to transmission permitting at the California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC). This report focuses on more recent California Independent System Operator (CAISO) planning activities, including the issuance of a draft 2023-2024 Transmission Plan, the finalization of the interconnection process enhancement initiative, and the preparation for studies in the upcoming 2024-2025 Transmission Plan.

This report also evaluates ongoing efforts of the Legislature and the CPUC to address transmission permitting reform following up on last year’s activities.1 The backlog of policy driven and reliability-driven transmission projects that need to commence construction is continuing to grow with the expected addition of 26 new projects in the 2023-2024 Transmission Plan, which will bring the total number of transmission projects that have been approved over the past three transmission plans to 94. Delays in transmission development will jeopardize California’s necessary transition to a zero-carbon economy. In particular, permitting reform is urgently needed in order to expand and modernize California’s electric system and strengthen linkages to the rest of the Western grid.

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