Sen. Barbara Boxer, D-Calif., has sent a letter to Southern California Edison (SCE) urging the utility to ‘move without delay’ to connect completed solar energy projects to its grid.
According to Boxer, 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 SCE. The senator adds that other utilities have been executing interconnection agreements in a more timely manner.
‘It is unacceptable that renewable energy projects that could save taxpayers money have been allowed to sit idle for so long,’ Boxer wrote in the letter, citing a recent story in the Los Angeles Times that described the backlog.
‘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,’ Boxer concluded.