The increasingly common occurrence of wildfires throughout California makes clear that wildfires pose a serious threat to the public and environment in the state. Thus, it should be no surprise that new laws and regulations are starting to respond to these threats.
The multi-agency Renewable Energy Transmission Initiative (RETI) 2.0 began in September 2015 with two objectives. First, to address Governor Brown’s call for California to reduce its greenhouse gas emissions 40 percent below 1990 levels by the year 2030. Second, to help the state comply with Senate Bill 350,
If California is going to meet its energy policy goals, planners need to adequately account for cost-effective, environmentally responsible upgraded and new transmission projects that can flexibly and reliably deliver renewable resources to the state.