12/15/2019

Plan for 14-state power grid faces key Senate hearing on Tuesday

The legislation, now known as Assembly Bill 813, will be considered by the Senate Energy, Utilities and Communications committee, the influential panel chaired by Hueso. It was also referred to the Senate Judiciary committee because the bill rewrites terms of the state-controlled nonprofit that now governs most of the state power grid.

Supporters say the change will save consumers money and allow for a wider distribution of electricity generated by renewable sources like wind and solar. Critics say the plan would cede state oversight of the power grid to industry insiders and federal regulators who are overly friendly to utilities.

Hueso said he was deeply concerned about any legislation that could undermine California’s ability to advance the clean-energy goals that have been decisive in improving the environment and creating middle-class jobs.

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