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Electricity grid operator to build backup ops center in Lincoln

The quasi-state agency that runs California’s electricity grid is building a backup operations center in Lincoln.

The Independent System Operator, or ISO, is spending $18 million to build a backup facility at the Lincoln Aviation Business Park. A groundbreaking ceremony was set for Tuesday afternoon and the two-story, 35,000-square-foot building is scheduled to open in December 2016.

“This is strictly in case there’s an incident and we need a backup facility,” said ISO spokeswoman Anne Gonzales.

She said the new building will replace a backup 20-employee facility in Alhambra, near Pasadena. The ISO decided it made more sense to have the backup center located in the vicinity of its headquarters in Folsom.

“It will improve the coordination and logistics,” Gonzales said.

The ISO operates the transmission grid covering most of California and runs a market for last-minute electricity sales needed to balance supply and demand.

Dale Kasler: 916-321-1066, @dakasler