Press Release of U.S. Senator Barbara Boxer

For Immediate Release:
January 12, 2012  
Contact:
Washington D.C. Office (202) 224-3553

Boxer Calls on Southern California Edison to End Delay in Connecting Renewable Energy Projects to Electric Grid  

24 California Projects Have Been Waiting for Up to Two and a Half Years for Interconnection Agreements

Washington, D.C. – U.S. Senator Barbara Boxer (D-CA) in a letter today called on Southern California Edison to move without delay to connect existing renewable energy projects to the electricity grid. At least 24 projects intended to provide power to facilities on National Park Service and Forest Service lands in California are on hold, pending interconnection agreements with Southern California Edison.  

A recent story in the Los Angeles Times noted that while there have been significant delays with Southern California Edison, other utilities have been able to execute interconnection agreements in a much more timely manner. Nationwide, the National Park Service has completed interconnection agreements on 60 projects, including six projects in Pacific Gas and Electric’s service area in California.

In her letter, Senator Boxer wrote, “At least 24 renewable energy projects across five National Park Service units in Southern California are still awaiting interconnection agreements with SCE…It is unacceptable that renewable energy projects that could save taxpayers money have been allowed to sit idle for so long.”  

The full text of the letter is below: 

January 12, 2012  

Mr. Ronald L. Litzinger
President
Southern California Edison
P.O. Box 800
Rosemead, CA 91770  

Dear Mr. Litzinger: 

This week, the Los Angeles Times reported that several renewable energy projects at federal facilities in California are currently sitting idle because of prolonged contract negotiations with Southern California Edison (SCE).  

At least 24 renewable energy projects across five National Park Service units in Southern California are still awaiting interconnection agreements with SCE. Other renewable energy projects by the Department of Agriculture’s Forest Service and the Department of Veterans’ Affairs are also on hold pending the completion of agreements with SCE.  

Many of these projects have been waiting to connect to the electric grid for at least two and a half years. It is unacceptable that renewable energy projects that could save taxpayers money have been allowed to sit idle for so long.  

Other utilities have been able to complete interconnection agreements without unreasonable delay. For example, the National Park Service has successfully completed agreements for at least 60 renewable energy projects in National Parks, including six projects within Pacific Gas and Electric’s service area in California.  

I urge you to review these successful agreements and use them as a model to finalize pending interconnection agreements with the federal government so that all parties can fully realize the benefits of renewable energy.  

Please contact me as soon as possible at (202) 224-XXXX to tell me your plan for resolving this unfortunate delay.  

Sincerely,  

Barbara Boxer
United States Senator  

CC:  

The Honorable Ken Salazar, U.S. Secretary of Interior
The Honorable Tom Vilsack, U.S. Secretary of Agriculture
The Honorable Eric K. Shinseki, U.S. Secretary of Veterans Affairs
The Honorable Martha N. Johnson, Administrator of the U.S. General Services Administration
The Honorable Edmund G. Brown Jr., Governor of California  

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