A California bill that would have created a new organization to run electricity grids across the West died in the legislative session’s waning hours Friday, as Sacramento lawmakers feared sharing control with coal-dependent states.
Despite strong support from Gov. Jerry Brown, the bill died before it was brought to the Senate floor, as legislators worried it would undermine California’s efforts to fight climate change.
The bill, AB813, was part of a long-running effort to integrate grid operations across Western states into one unified market.
“AB 813 will not be moved to the Senate Floor for a vote this year,” said Senate President Pro Tem Toni Atkins, D-San Diego. “We will continue this important discussion next year.”