Cal­i­for­nia law­maker backs off re­gional en­ergy grid plan

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SACRA­MENTO (AP) — A con­tentious pro­posal to merge Cal­i­for­nia’s en­ergy grid with oth­ers in the West won’t ad­vance this year, af­ter the law­maker spon­sor­ing it said Wed­nes­day it re­quires more dis­cus­sion.

As­sem­bly and Se­nate law­mak­ers, mean­while, sent dozens of bills to Gov. Jerry Brown’s desk, in­clud­ing pro­pos­als to in­crease trans­parency in drug pric­ing, limit im­mi­gra­tion au­thor­i­ties’ ac­cess to cam­puses and work­places, and ban smok­ing at beaches and parks. The year’s leg­isla­tive ses­sion is quickly wind­ing to a close, with law­mak­ers head­ing home af­ter Fri­day’s votes.

Demo­cratic Assem­bly­man Chris Holden an­nounced he would halt his two bills to let the Cal­i­for­nia In­de­pen­dent Sys­tem Op­er­a­tor even­tu­ally merge with grid man­agers in other West­ern states. CalISO and other back­ers said a re­gion­al­iza­tion plan would make it more con­ve­nient and cheap to in­te­grate re­new­able en­ergy sources like wind and so­lar.

But crit­ics charges a re­gional grid would open Cal­i­for­nia’s mar­ket to coal and nat­u­ral gas power gen­er­ated in other states.

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