A Western US energy market would boost clean energy. Will it happen?

California plays an important role both as a buyer and a supplier of clean power. It has more solar power than any state besides Texas

Utilities, policymakers, and clean energy advocates across the U.S. West have long agreed that a region-wide electricity trading market would be a win-win. It would dramatically expand clean energy capacity — allowing California solar to shine in other places and wind from inland states to blow into power-hungry California — while also reducing power costs for utility customers.

But the idea has struggled to get off the ground after more than a decade of effort, as the stakeholders involved have failed to find a market structure that makes everybody happy.

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Source: Canary Media

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