Electricity utility Southern California Edison has filed an application with the California Public Utilities Commission to enhance renewable energy operations through its renewable integration and advancement program.

If approved, the renewable integration and advancement (RIA) program will fund and develop innovative systems and technologies to enhance safe and reliable energy deliveries as more intermittent renewable resources come on line to meet the state’s renewable energy goals.

Southern California Edison (SCE) said that the program will focus on better integrating existing renewable resource technologies, such as wind and solar, with a view toward optimizing the operations of existing transmission and distribution capacity. SCE is seeking authorization of funding over two years for this program.

Stuart Hemphill, SCE’s vice president, said: This project is an important part of our commitment to reduce carbon emissions and fight climate change. It presents an opportunity to leverage existing infrastructure and proven generating technologies to increase the contribution of renewable resources while enhancing safety and system reliability.