10 Sep '12, 3pm

Guest Post: California Transmission Policies Limit Renewable Energy Choices: California is in the midst of dev...

Guest Post: California Transmission Policies Limit Renewable Energy Choices: California is in the midst of dev...

California is in the midst of developing its substantial renewable resources, but to keep costs low it is important to balance in-state generation with imports from other high-quality resource areas across the West. Several independently developed transmission projects propose to connect these high-quality resources directly to California through high voltage direct current (HVDC) lines. As California moves beyond its 33 percent Renewable Portfolio Standard goal [?--Ed .] and strives for deeper reductions in harmful emissions, having the option to import renewable energy becomes even more important. If utilities or generators want to take advantage of this option when these projects come to fruition, we need a more open transmission planning process. If these lines are developed, utilities can then pay for the right to move energy along the new HVDC lines. The result is cl...

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