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JUICE: No Guarantees New Diesel Backup Will Sit Mostly Unused

California policy makers and regulators have voted again to allow more diesel backup installations. The number of diesel generators has reached unprecedented levels in the state in response to wildfire threats and utility safety shutoffs. Earlier this year, permitted systems in just two of the state’s 35 air districts soared to 23,000, representing […]

December 9, 2021|

More CPUC Action to Address Summer Afternoon Spikes

The California Public Utilities Commission voted unanimously to require the three investor-owned utilities to invest in an additional 2,000-3-000 MW of resources over the next two summers—both supply and demand reduction—to prevent outages during intense heatwaves from 4-9 PM.

“The decision is to close gaps in the most extreme events,” Marybel Batjer, CPUC president, said […]

December 2, 2021|

Distributed Batteries Reach 700+ MW, But Much More Needed

Battery systems installed at California homes and businesses now total 721 megawatts, with roughly 70% percent of them, about 42,000 systems, charged by clean electricity connected to rooftop solar. That’s according to an Oct. 26 report by the California Solar and Storage Association.

The report says collectively the emissions-free systems comprise the largest battery in […]

October 26, 2021|

Controversial Redondo Beach Gas Plant to Stay Online

It’s final. In the tension between electricity reliability and harmful pollution, reliability won out in a vote on Oct. 19 to keep the aging Redondo Beach fossil-fired power plant online for another two years. The 834 MW natural gas plant will provide peaking power as needed to the grid through the end of 2023. […]

October 19, 2021|
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