Even though the state wants more renewable electricity, sometimes the California Independent System Operator doesn\u2019t. The grid operator board of directors voted Dec. 15 to change its market bid cost \u201cfloor\u201d so renewable electricity generators who pull their power out of the grid on request can make more money. This part of the wholesale electricity market works in negative bids. For instance, if congestion on a transmission line is blocking electricity flows, the grid operator entertains bids for generators to back off in order to decongest. Or, there is simply not enough consumption to match the generation in the high voltage lines. In the case of solar, when the sun comes up electricity begins, but workplaces may not be using electricity until later in the morning. Now, taking a back-off action would get generators a maximum of $30\/(n)MWh. The decision changes that to a maximum of $150\/(n)MW. \u201cThe current amount is not enough to cover opportunity costs,\u201d said Greg Cook, grid operator manager of market monitoring. He explained that at $30\/(n)MWh, renewable power generators can get more money from production tax incentives and renewable energy credits. The board also adopted a new five-year strategic plan. While it is touted as a new angle on the way the grid operator looks at the future, it echoes the past too. \u201cAbove all else, maintaining reliability,\u201d is the key, noted Steve Berberich, chief executive officer. The new plan includes: -Strengthening California\u2019s global leadership; -Exploring regional cooperation; -Facilitating transition to renewable and cleaner generation through grid access; and -Continuing reliability during that transition.