In 2016, the California Energy Commission and the Office of the Governor, California Air Resources Board, California Public Utilities Commission, and other stakeholders held a series of public meetings to examine the possible evolution of the California Independent System Operator (California ISO) into a regional organization of several Western states, and the governance structure for such an organization that would protect California’s environmental and energy policies.
The discussions came after the passage of SB 350, the Clean Energy and Pollution Reduction Act of 2015. Legislators expressed their intent to transition California ISO into a regional grid operator if certain conditions could be met. The last public meeting was held in October 2016, but there is currently no legislation requiring a regional grid.
Documents related to the regional grid operator and governance workshops are available on the Regional Grid Operator and Governance docket.