by Tom Tanton
Senior Fellow, Reason
Director of Science and Technology Assessment, E&E Legal
Intermittent renewable energy sources like wind and solar are growing in use largely because of government regulations, favorable tax treatment and mandates. However, they impose hidden “integration” costs on the electrical grid that are shifted to California consumers and utility companies while the wind and solar developers benefit at their expense.
Gov. Brown recently signed into law Assembly Bill 2363, which improves accountability for solar and wind integration, but the law doesn’t go far enough. California should consider adopting Idaho’s approach and make wind generation developers pay their fair share of added costs.