Orrick Speaks: Patrick Ferguson on the $7.3B California Grid Plan

5 minute read | June.29.2023

Reuters spoke with renewable energy partner Patrick Ferguson about the impact of the $7.3B plan to expand or upgrade 45 transmission projects, recently approved by California Independent System Operator Board of Governors, on the state’s long-term clean energy goals.

  • Patrick noted the plan will improve transmission capacity into the state which could benefit wind resources planned in Wyoming, New Mexico and Idaho.
  • He also said that the plan incentivizes adding energy storage to many solar projects so they can deliver power at night and “thus qualify to sell a larger volume of resource adequacy capacity.”