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Edison Slow to Connect Clean Energy Plants to Grid, Boxer Says

January 17, 2012

Jan. 12 (Bloomberg) -- Edison International’s Southern California Edison has been slower than other California utilities to connect renewable energy projects to the grid, according to Senator Barbara Boxer.

At least 24 renewable energy projects in five National Park Service areas in southern California are waiting for interconnection agreements from the utility, many of them for at least two and a half years, the lawmaker said today in a letter to the utility.

“It is unacceptable that renewable energy projects that could save taxpayers money have been allowed to sit idle for so long,” Boxer said.

At least 60 other projects at national parks have been connected to the grid, including six in California by PG&E Corp., according to the letter.

“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,” said Boxer, a California Democrat.

--Editors: Will Wade, Charles Siler

To contact the reporter on this story: Andrew Herndon in San Francisco at aherndon2@bloomberg.net

To contact the editor responsible for this story: Reed Landberg at landberg@bloomberg.net


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