Transmission

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The achievement of state greenhouse gas policy objectives by the electricity sector will depend to a large degree on the interconnection and operational integration of renewable generation to the transmission grid. Within this framework, California utilities must also continue to ensure that projects needed to meet traditional reliability and congestion management objectives are developed. Actions already underway at the state and federal levels that address planning, permitting, financing, and integration barriers to renewable generation interconnection must be assessed to ensure that state policy objectives are met in a timely manner.

California is taking action by addressing transmission project and transmission corridor planning and permitting barriers. Resolution of the issues will support California's efforts to meet its goals of a cost-effective, reliable transmission system capable of responding to the challenges of the twenty-first century.

Senate Bill 1565 (Bowen, Chapter 692, Statutes of 2004) requires that the Commission adopt a strategic plan for the state's electric transmission grid. This Strategic Transmission Investment Plan is to be included in the biennial Intregrated Energy Policy Report.

For information on workshops held and documents created for the 2009 Strategic Transmission Investment Plan, please see the 2009 Integrated Energy Policy Report proceeding.
http://www.energy.ca.gov/2009_energypolicy/index.html


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Strategic Transmission Investment Plans


Links to Various Transmission Initiatives Underway or Recently Completed

For more information on transmission issues, please contact:

Strategic Transmission Planning Office
Energy Facilities Siting Division
916-654-3924

Members of the news media, please call the Media and Public Communications Office at 916-654-4989.