How fixing California’s massive transmission cost distortions will unleash clean local energy.
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Extreme weather events like the one leading to the Texas blackouts this winter have refocused attention on our electricity transmission system. That’s only accentuated an already ongoing focus on transmission, which some are touting as a silver bullet that will speed the transition to clean energy. At the same time, awareness is increasing about the exorbitant costs associated with transmission, which are out of control throughout the US.
In California, where transmission already costs about the same as energy itself, transmission costs are the fastest-growing component of electricity bills. Increasingly, it will cost more to move energy around than generate it.
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