California ratepayers avoided $192 million in expensive grid infrastructure upgrades that would have been necessary without an expansion of the state’s distributed energy resources. The 2015-2016 transmission plan approved in March by the California Independent System Operator calls for eliminating 13 planned transmission projects in Pacific Gas & Electric’s territory, reports GreenTech Media. The low-voltage transmission projects, which included line improvements, transformer replacements and bus upgrades, were deemed no longer necessary due to materially lower load forecasts, according to PG&E.
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