One power grid for west­ern U.S.

Re “En­ergy goes to waste as state power glut grows,” June 25

Los Angeles Times - - OPINION -

Your ar­ti­cle over­looks one key so­lu­tion to the state’s over­abun­dance of solar.

It’s true: Cal­i­for­nia at times pro­duces more solar power than it can use. By com­bin­ing the oper­a­tion of its elec­tric grid with those of neigh­bor­ing states, Cal­i­for­nia could ex­port ex­cess solar when the sun is shin­ing and im­port wind or hy­dro­elec­tric en­ergy from other West­ern states when it’s not, which low­ers costs and en­ables a higher per­cent­age of re­new­ables.

The re­cent heat wave set new peak de­mand records across the West, a trend that is pre­dicted to con­tinue. The state sur­vived with power to spare, thanks to its in­vest­ment in re­new­able en­ergy.

An ex­panded West­ern grid will not only in­crease re­li­a­bil­ity and lower en­ergy costs, it will also help re­duce air pol­lu­tion, which is crit­i­cal to our most vul­ner­a­ble com­mu­ni­ties. Don Fur­man

Sacra­mento The writer is ex­ec­u­tive di­rec­tor of the Fix the Grid Coali­tion.

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