The Environmental Defense Fund has released a framework to evaluate the effectiveness California public utilities’ plans to upgrade the state’s electricity network into a digital smart grid. The approved a roadmap last June based on the provisions of state law SB 17. It requires that utility smart grid investments help California meet its climate change, demand-side management and renewable energy goals.
A new study by the California Independent System Operator Corporation (ISO) on renewables portfolio standard (RPS) encourage maintaining a diverse fleet of power plants and taking advantage of the complementary nature of wind and solar. The ISO study, Integration of Renewable Resources—Operational Requirements and Generation Fleet Capability at 20% RPS forecasts California will add 2,246 megawatts of solar and 6,686 megawatts of wind resources by 2012.