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SACRAMENTO: AB 726, California Independent System Operator (CAISO), expansion?: Editorial, "A shameful Sacramento power play on the future of the state's electric grid" ....

***Following up on earlier item noted here (AB 726, expansion, California Independent System Operator [CAISO]?)....

* Los Angeles Times (editorial):  "A shameful Sacramento power play on the future of the state's electric grid" - From the LAT:

There are times when last-minute rule bending is the only way to accomplish important legislation in Sacramento, and sometimes it results in good law. But in most cases, it is an indefensible abuse of power to ram through legislation at the 11th hour without a thorough public airing.

The current attempt by Assemblyman Chris Holden (D-Pasadena) to rush through a complicated and half-baked proposal to create a multi-state electricity market in the final days of this legislative session clearly falls into the latter category. There are far more responsible ways to go about restructuring the state’s electric grid. Legislators should put a halt to Holden’s bill and insist that next time it go though the proper legislative process of hearings, votes and, you know, representative democracy.

This legislation could have undergone more than a year of vetting by now . . . . . . . .


Even people who don’t understand the complexity of supplying electricity to businesses and homes in California — and that is most of us — deserve the opportunity to hear both sides of this important debate. And why not? There is nothing to be lost by having a full and open vetting. Let’s do this the right way and unplug this last-minute power play.