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Impacts of COVID-19 Virus on Electricity Demand

LCG, March 27, 2020 -- Jeremy Platt, an energy scientist, Palo Alto has made some early analysis of impact of COVID -19 on electricity demand using the grid operators data published by LCG. Data from several areas of the country offer early and near real-time views of impacts of the economic slowdown due to evolving regional and statewide coronavirus mitigation strategies.

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California PUC Targets Doubling Renewable Energy by 2030

LCG, March 27, 2020--The California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC) yesterday unanimously approved a new emissions target for its electric sector that would double California's clean energy capacity through 2030 and effectively block new natural gas-fired electric generating facilities.

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North Korea Agrees to Joint Survey of Power Needs

LCG, Jan. 2, 2001South Korean officials could cross the demilitarized zone later this month to inspect the electric power resources of North Korea as the result of three days of high-level talks between the two countries aimed at opening up economic cooperation.

As the meetings concluded Saturday in Pyongyang, the two sides agreed to hold another meeting, possibly as soon as this week, to set up a joint field survey to investigate North Korea's power infrastructure.

Last week's talks, held at the deputy minister level, were an outgrowth of and earlier ministerial exchange. North Korea made it plain that its request for electricity was the most important item on last week's agenda, including the possibility of importing South Korean power into the North.

For its part, South Korea was plumping for economic cooperation that would tie the two countries closer together. The South wanted to talk about a cross-border railroad and highway, an industrial park near the border and a dam, also near the border.

Reclusive North Korea sees to possibility of allowing South Koreans to investigate its power situation as a significant adjustment on its part. Pak Chang Ryon, the North's chief negotiator, was quoted in the South Korean press as saying "We have made big concessions this time, and we expect equal concessions from the South when we meet again in Seoul."

Representatives of both countries said the content of last week's discussion would be released early this month. But even as the talks were in progress, it was apparent that North Korea was avid in its quest for electricity. Even in the capital city of Pyongyang, some buildings are without power.

It is winter in Korea, and it is probably 20 degrees below zero, or colder, in a lot of places.

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