Other States Could Share Oversight of California Power Grid

Other Western states would share oversight of California's power grid under a plan introduced by a state lawmaker that supporters say would save as much as $1.5 billion a year and run the system more efficiently.

Critics say the proposal by Democratic Assemblyman Chris Holden would surrender California's control over its own electricity system.

The Los Angeles Times reported Monday that lawmakers are reviewing a series of amendments Holden introduced late last week to alter the structure of the governing body that oversees the California Independent System Operator. The ISO runs the electric grid for much of the state.

The newspaper says California currently operates with a glut of power plants and is at times forced to pay other states to take its excess solar and wind power.

Copyright AP - Associated Press
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