Bakersfield Power Connect
The California Independent System Operator (CAISO), which is responsible for operating and managing California's energy grid, has informed Pacific Gas and Electric Company (PG&E) that it is reassessing projects throughout California, including Bakersfield Power Connect. The CAISO’s reassessment will ensure the proposed project meets current electric demand forecasts and minimizes costs to customers. The reassessment will focus on the project options PG&E has identified thus far and may consider other energy infrastructure improvements as potential solutions. We are unsure how long this process will take.
Based on the CAISO’s decision to reassess the project, our anticipated timeline for the project, including when we will submit the project application to the California Public Utilities Commission, has been delayed and will be reassessed after the CAISO has finished its evaluation. We are committed to providing safe and reliable energy to our customers and will continue to work with the CAISO to determine the best solutions for ensuring long-term reliability in the area.
Bakersfield Power Connect will provide the following benefits to the community:
Upgrades to the grid will help the region stay in front of growing energy demand and provide greater flexibility to adapt to changes in energy demand, limiting the chances of the system becoming overloaded, especially during the summer when demand for electricity is highest. About 100,000 residents and businesses will benefit from the increased reliability delivered by Bakersfield Power Connect.
Strengthening the grid will provide a highly reliable and stable electricity source for the area's leading businesses and industries. New investments in critical infrastructure promote a strong commercial environment that will support the continued economic recovery and growth of the region's agricultural sector.
Replacing older power lines and components with new technology maximizes our ability to move electricity safely and dependably to homes and businesses. For example, technology upgrades will give us greater ability to limit impacts from future outages to a confined area, while increasing the capacity of key transmission lines will allow us to move electricity more efficiently throughout the local electric system.
The security of our substations is a top priority. We will coordinate closely with local law enforcement and use advanced technology to implement safety and security measures that meet the highest established standards for critical infrastructure protection.