California lawmakers debate creating regional electric grid
SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — A contentious proposal to link oversight of California’s electric grid with other western states faces a crucial test Tuesday in a state Senate committee.
California has greatly expanded the use of renewable energy sources, particularly wind and solar, but that’s brought new challenges for grid operators to manage supply and demand as weather patterns and sunlight vary.
Supporters say regionalizing the grid would make it easier and cheaper to deploy renewable energy across the western United States.
But critics, including some environmentalists and consumer advocates, say California would jeopardize its efforts to require the expansion of renewables.
The Senate Energy, Utilities and Communications Committee will vote on the measure Tuesday.