The California Independent System Operator Corporation (ISO) Board of Governors has unveiled its new three-year vision for evolving the high-voltage transmission grid into a sophisticated digital network that is both secure and sustainable.
Building a Sustainable Energy Future 2014-2016 Strategic Plan positions the ISO to meet future challenges while leveraging innovative technologies that help fight climate change.
The strategic direction encourages participation of clean resources, such as demand response and energy efficiency, which give consumers a new role in managing personal energy use based on a choice of where their electricity comes from and when they use it. Throughout the plan, the ISO demonstrates its commitment to preferred resources, which also include renewable power and advanced energy storage.
Taking into account the permanent shutdown of the San Onofre Nuclear Generating Station, the plan also factors in a critical infrastructure refurbishing of the Southern California electric network that is complicated by looming compliance deadlines for large once-through cooled power plants in the region.
In total, about 7,000 megawatts of generation could disappear in the next several years. Maintaining reliability during this transition while further reducing the grid’s carbon footprint is a pivotal priority within the plan.