Gov. Jerry Brown’s regionalization plan would transfer control of California’s electric grid to a board selected by private electric industry corporations.
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The plan would take away the right of the people of California to elect the appointing authority — the governor of the state of California. Under the plan, out-of-state companies in the new system would then be free to move their large carbon-based electricity, such as coal and natural gas over the regional grid.
The plan would shift renewable energy generation away from California, and give to out-of-state renewable energy generators market power over renewable energy needed by California to meet its Renewable Energy Portfolio mandate. In 1996, California made the mistake of putting an electricity deregulation system in place that transferred control over electricity generation needed in California. Electricity prices soared from $8 billion in 1999 to $20 billion in 2000. Proponents would have us repeat the same mistake made under the electricity deregulation — transferring control over electricity generation outside of California.
Under the plan the jurisdiction of the California System Operator, the entity that manages California’s electric grid, would be extended to parts of Montana, Nebraska, New Mexico, South Dakota, Texas, Wyoming, and all of Arizona, Colorado, Idaho, Nevada, Oregon, Utah, and Washington. Recent judicial decisions have made it clear California …read more
Source:: The Mercury News