08 Jan '18, 11am

What an integrated Western grid means for California

Renewables are on the rise in the U.S., with wind and solar representing the fastest growing energy technologies — even outpacing new natural gas capacity development in recent years. But only some electricity grids are well positioned to capture the benefits of low-cost wind and solar. The electricity grids of the Western U.S. are home to major electricity innovation — as well as major grid challenges. For example, as companies increasingly look to buy renewable energy to meet ambitious sustainability targets , many prefer to purchase renewable energy only in the same electricity markets in which they operate. So far, this has proven difficult, if not impossible, for companies in the West due to complex regulatory and market structures. According to some advocates, a fix for these barriers is available today: Simply merge the Western electricity markets (PDF) . A fully in...

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