Brown seeks to broaden California's clean-energy reach in the West

Gov. Jerry Brown is working on an ambitious plan for transmitting electricity across state lines and bolstering California's role in the region, according to energy officials.

The plan would integrate PacifiCorp, a utility serving six Western states, into the electricity grid run by the California Independent System Operator, which is based in Folsom.

If successful, it could make solar and wind energy available more widely throughout the West — a potential victory for Brown, who has sought partnerships beyond California's borders in his fight against climate change.

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"This would be gigantic," said Carl Zichella, an environmental advocate who works on energy transmission issues for the Natural Resources Defense Council. "All of California's climate laws were intended to drive policy in other states and at the federal level."

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