California grid to support 33% renewable power by 2020

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The California Independent System Operator Corp. Board of Governors has approved its 2012-2013 Transmission Plan, which included approval for five new power line projects intended to meet the state’s environmental and energy goals. The plan also identifies the need for 36 projects that support regional and national reliability standard.

The 41 transmission projects in the plan will cost around $1.7 billion and are needed to maintain the reliability of the transmission system and support meeting California’s 33 percent renewable portfolio standard by 2020, according to a statement from California ISO.

The transmission plan, which is prepared annually and includes a 10-year outlook, also includes analysis that looks at infrastructure requirements for the grid should one or both nuclear power plants used in the system shut down.

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