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The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) has issued an order granting the California Independent System Operator Corp. (CalISO) permission to launch the first part of a two-step process to clear a backlog that has hindered renewable projects attempting to connect to the California grid.

CalISO was given approval to waive certain rules and timelines for handling requests from new power plants seeking interconnection with the transmission system. As a result, CalISO can immediately begin to reduce the backlog of projects in its queue.

As part of this transition, CalISO will be allowed to create three study groups:

- a grandfathered serial study group that would give expedited treatment to projects already in the queue,

- a transition cluster, comprising non-grandfathered projects submitted on or before June 2, 2008, and

- an initial cluster for projects submitted on or after June 3, 2008.

The second step in the process to address these issues will be gaining FERC approval for a full-scale generator interconnection process reform proposal.

SOURCE: California Independent System Operator Corp.

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