Northern San Joaquin 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 Northern San Joaquin 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.
By creating new transmission sources for northern San Joaquin County, the project will help accommodate the growing energy demand in the region and minimize the chance of outages during the summer when demand for electricity is highest. By increasing the capacity of the local electric grid, PG&E can help ensure future electric reliability that meets all of the region's needs, including the evolving demands from the expanding local wine industry.
High capacity transmission lines maximize the grid's ability to move electricity safely and dependably, while upgrades to the grid will improve the system's responsiveness and overall efficiency when dealing with service interruptions, benefiting residents, businesses and growers across the region.
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 higher capacity transmission lines will allow us to move electricity more efficiently throughout the local electric system.