ventura ventura, January 4, 2018

So Cal Edison held a Moorpark-Goleta Market Awareness Conference on Wed 12/20 in Ventura Here are slides of the presentation and the MP3 recording​ about their plan to release a Request for Proposals (RFP) for companies to propose supplying 76 MW of renewable energy in our region in place of the Puente Power Plant and also 95 MW probably in the Goleta area to help make the end of the grid super-reliable. Sounds great, right? Until you listen to the whole story!

They also presented plans to meet 232 MW LCR (Local Capacity Requirements) with a new ‘4TH’ POWER LINE on towers from Santa Clarita on the east side of I-5 to Moorpark substations.  They did not give reassuring answers about vulnerability of that line to wildfire or earthquake. In fact the Ventura County Board of Supervisors opposed this plan clear back in 2015 demanding that it be put underground or preferably support local development of renewable energy so we do not have to import energy from who knows where. The county lost and the CPUC prevailed in support of Edison’s proposal. Edison makes money when it distributes energy; hence it is obvious why it would rather carry it long distances rather than buy from local companies.
CA Independent System Operators (CAISO) is studying Edison’s proposal for this 4th line. A stakeholder call will provide the results of preliminary analysis. Presentation material will be available on the ISO website by end of day January 9

Submit comments on the preliminary analysis to [email protected] by close of business January 18.

CAISO Stakeholder Call Details

: Thursday, January 11, 2018

Time: 10:00 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. (Pacific Time)

Audio connection instructions will be available after connecting to the web conference


  • Where do we really want our energy to come from?
  • What kinds of projects would be best to build in our region if we could be allowed to propose for more of the total MW we are projected to need?
  • How do different potential projects add up to the needed 308 MW?
  • What can we do so that these Requests for Proposals by So Cal Edison result in a resilient, 100% renewable, cost-effective regional grid?

Here’s a schematic for the total amount needed of 308 MW for our region in 2020 when Mandalay and Ormond Beach are shut down.

The Fourth Power Line will be one of the topics of the next meeting of the VC Climate Hub on Thursday January 11, 6:30 at the UU Church in Ventura.  We’ll invite people who can help us get a realistic idea of our region’s potential for Distributed Energy Resources.

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