Late final yr, Renewable Energy World revealed articles and a video to elucidate the power imbalance market to readers. This is the market that was created on account of the truth that California typically has extra photo voltaic, wind and hydropower and should “curtail” these power sources, which implies flip them off fully. Instead of curbing them, via the power imbalance market, these photo voltaic, wind, and hydropower plant house owners can promote their energy over the border to neighboring states.
Now the state is mulling an excellent bigger alternative, through which it might dissolve its present grid operator, the California ISO (Cal-ISO) and type one massive regional grid, which might have oversight from the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC). The transfer may result in decrease electrical energy charges and cleaner power for all areas, some say. Others fear that giving up state oversight and letting FERC take management may result in California sooner or later propping up coal-fired energy vegetation in Wyoming and Utah. After all, FERC has been contemplating proposals from Secretary Perry on tips on how to maintain coal and nuclear energy vegetation alive — the most recent transfer being one associated to nationwide safety. The articles beneath define among the points in play. What do you suppose the state ought to do? — JMR