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More renewables, less CO2 if western US states create regional electric market

More renewables, less CO2 if western US states create regional electric market Power in California. Author: Jeff Turner. License: Creative Commons, Attribution 2.0 Generic.

July 13 (SeeNews) - The creation of a western-state interconnected electric system in the US would result in more clean energy investments, increased integration of renewables, and lower greenhouse gases emissions.

The California Independent System Operator (ISO) released Tuesday the final study results on the potential effects of establishing a multi-state, regional electric market. It says that the western region could see carbon dioxide emissions drop by 10-11 million tonnes in 2030. By creating a regional electric market, western states will also enjoy lower power purchasing costs, leverage market and operational efficiencies over a bigger geographical area, and optimise transmission project planning.

“It's also clear that a regional grid allows California and other states to eventually exceed their renewable goals, including California's 50-percent mark,” said ISO CEO Steve Berberich.

The studies will be discussed in greater detail at a multi-agency public workshop on July 26 in Sacramento.

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