03 Feb '12, 5pm

California’s Grid System Operator Confronts 33 Percent Renewables by 2020: Building enough new solar and wind

California’s Grid System Operator Confronts 33 Percent Renewables by 2020: Building enough new solar and wind

Building enough new solar and wind capacity to meet California’s 33 percent renewables by 2020 mandate will not be easy -- but reliably getting the electricity generated by those resources to the places where it will be consumed may be even tougher. That is the responsibility of the California Independent System Operator Corporation (ISO). The ISO has just released a five-year strategic plan that lays out what needs to be done in four steps. First, according to the ISO’s CEO Steve Berberich, “We’ve been working on -- and will continue to work on -- our support of the state’s ambitious energy and environmental goal of 33 percent renewables.” The ISO, Berberich said, has “been doing studies to find out how much capacity we need on the system and how much ramping we will need when the sun doesn’t shine and the wind doesn’t blow.” It is also working to make sure California has...

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