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by Jeff St. John
October 02, 2019

For the past few years, we’ve been tracking the so-far unsuccessful efforts by clean energy proponents and leading California politicians to expand the footprint of California grid operator CAISO to incorporate the rest of the Western U.S.

Proponents of the move say it would save hundreds of millions of dollars with increased efficiencies and expand the market for geographically diverse renewable energy. But they haven’t been able to overcome the political challenges of merging disparate state energy policies into an interstate compact — or California’s fears that the Trump administration may use a newly created market that stretches beyond state borders as an opening to disrupt its clean energy policies.