Plans to create regionalized power grid tabled by state

Assembly Bill 813 –  which would expand the California Independent System Operator into a multi-state regional electrical transmission organization – was denied a vote on the Senate Floor on Friday just before the end of the this year’s legislative session. California ISO currently is the only independent grid operator in the western United States, and manages the flow of electricity across the high-voltage, long-distance power lines, such as those seen here in the Imperial Sand Dunes, that represent about 80 percent of California’s power grid. PHOTO CHRIS McDANIEL.

SACRAMENTO – The tabling of a bill that would create a regionalized power grid including several western states has been lauded by the Imperial Irrigation District.

Assembly Bill 813 –  which would expand the California Independent System Operator into a multi-state regional electrical transmission organization that would include Arizona, California, Colorado, Idaho, Montana, Nevada, New Mexico, Oregon, Utah, Washington and Wyoming – was denied a vote on the Senate Floor on Friday just before the end of the this year’s legislative session.

Staff Writer Chris McDaniel can be reached at cmcdaniel@ivpressonline.com or 760-337-3440.

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