Assemblymember Quirk Holds Hearing on Renewable Energy and Grid Integration

Wednesday, August 19, 2015

SACRAMENTO – Assemblymember Bill Quirk (D-Hayward), chair of the Assembly Select Committee on California’s Clean Energy Economy, held an information hearing entitled “Renewable Integration – Ensuring Grid Reliability.” The hearing examined how the state can most effectively integrate an increasing amount of renewable energy with the electricity grid. 

“As the Legislature stands poised to codify the Governor’s goal of increasing, from 33% to 50%, our electricity derived from renewable sources by the year 2030, it is imperative that there be a comprehensive analysis of how best to achieve that goal in a thoughtful and cost-effective manner,” said Assemblymember Quirk.  “In order to accommodate this increase in renewable energy, new strategies and technologies must be employed to reduce the risk of ‘overgeneration,’ which exists when there is more electricity than there is a demand to use it.  I hoped this hearing would shed some light on steps we need to take to meet our renewable energy goals. I learned that it’s a big task, but I look forward to taking what I learned today and applying it to many of the decisions I will have to make on energy in the near future.”

“I was pleased to hear from so many experts and glad that my colleagues took time from their schedule to participate in this important hearing.”
 
The Select Committee heard from a broad spectrum of panelist, including representatives from the California Public Utilities Commission, the Investor Owned Utilities, the California Independent System Operator, the environmental community, and many others. 

Elected in 2012, Bill Quirk brings his PhD in astrophysics and career as an educator and scientist to the State Assembly.  He is the Chair of the Assembly Committee on Public Safety, Chair of the Assembly Select Committee on California’s Clean Energy Economy, and a member of the Committees on Agriculture, Appropriations, Revenue & Taxation, and Utilities & Commerce.