WREZ 3 – Transmission and Renewable Energy Planning in California

Transmission and Renewable Energy Planning
In California: Opportunities for Regional
Stakeholder Engagement

Prepared by The Kris Mayes Law Firm under contract to the Regulatory Assistance Project
for Western Governors’ Association

Executive Summary

Western states and provinces are working to develop their abundant renewable energy resources, and nine states in the region require that renewable resources meet a significant portion of consumers’ electricity needs. Conversations in the West about renewable energy typically turn toward California, its sizeable renewable energy targets, and the potential benefits associated with broader regional approaches to renewable resource and transmission development.

This report for the Western Renewable Energy Zones (WREZ) project,1 an initiativeof the Western Governors’ Association, explains the renewable energy and transmission planning processes in California and where stakeholder input is likely to have the greatest impact on regional development of resources and transmission lines.

The report relies on a thorough review of documents produced by the California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC), the California Independent System Operator (CAISO),the California Energy Commission (CEC) and the state’s largest utilities. In addition, the report aggregates information from interviews with renewable energy developers, utility regulators in California and elsewhere, utility representatives, transmission developers and environmental groups.

Final Report