Utility Dive – The California ISO's Board of Governors last week approved the grid operator's 2017-2018 Transmission Plan to maintain reliability, while canceling or modifying several previously approved projects to avoid $2.6 billion in future costs.
The approved plan identified 17 new transmission projects at a combined cost of more than $270 million. But it also recommended canceling 18 transmission projects, and changing another 21 projects in Pacific Gas and Electric's service area and two in the San Diego Gas & Electric area.
The changes were "mainly due to changes in local area load forecasts," the operator said in a statement, driven by energy efficiency programs and increasing levels of residential, rooftop solar generation.
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