California ISO session explores impact of Western regional grid

The California Independent System Operator (ISO) is hosting a two-day public meeting on April 27 and 28 to review preliminary results of studies on the impacts of a potential regional electric grid across the western United States.

The preliminary study findings will be published Monday, April 25 on the ISO website.

The studies are required under Senate Bill 350, the Clean Energy and Pollution Reduction Act, signed into law last year. The law’s main provision establishes California’s goal of reaching a 50 percent renewable portfolio standard by 2030. In addition, SB 350 directs the ISO to complete studies to assess a regional grid’s potential impacts to ratepayers, California’s economy and workforce, the environment, disadvantaged communities, greenhouse gas emissions, and the reliability and integration of renewable energy resources.

The meeting will be from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Wednesday, April 27 and Thursday, April 28 at the ISO, 250 Outcropping Way, Folsom, CA. Those planning to attend in person must register by email to SMC@caiso.com by 5 p.m. Friday, April 22.

The two day conference is also available via internet at http://ems7.intellor.com/login/704086 on April 27 and http://ems7.intellor.com/login/703933 on April 28. Audio connection instructions will be available after connecting to the web conference. To participate by telephone only, call 877-369-5230 followed by access code 0557075# on April 27 and access code 0487035# on April 28. Please use this dial-in method only if unable to participate by web to ensure ability to participate in the question-and-answer session-. Stakeholder comments on the preliminary results and the meeting discussion are due by May 13. The final report is anticipated to be released in June.