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Western Regionalization Plan B: Utilities take an interim step to expand the grid

October 30, 2018

Western utility leaders’ political push to expand California’s grid system into a regional power market was dismissed in the state’s most recent legislative session — but now those leaders are looking toward a different market.

California lawmakers in August rejected Assembly Bill 813, which would have expanded the California Independent System Operator (CAISO) by including other Western state representatives into its governance. California lawmakers, concerned this might compromise the state’s clean energy goals, froze the bill in committee.

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