Critically, the study also shows that authorizing a regional grid operator will not expose California’s clean energy policies to additional legal risks. Fears about federal interference may be overwrought. The California Legislature should take this opportunity to demonstrate true climate leadership and move now to authorize the California Independent System Operator (CAISO) to transition to an independent board.
This is the first step to pave the way for CAISO to become an independent regional grid operator that all Western utilities and generators have the opportunity to join. A unified Western regional energy grid would help, not hurt, California’s forward-thinking clean energy policy agenda.
Michael Cunningham, Senior Vice President of Public Policy for the Bay Area Council, San Francisco