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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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Davis Names Aide to California Public Utilities Commission

LCG, Jan. 4, 2001California Gov. Gray Davis yesterday appointed John Stevens, his leading advisor over the past six months on energy matters, to the state Public utilities Commission, the regulatory body set to vote today on a rate increase for the state's two largest electric utilities.

The appointment gives the Democrat governor a three-to-two majority on the panel, which is headed by Davis appointee Loretta Lynch.

The appointment of Stevens could be bad news for Pacific Gas & Electric Co. and Southern California Edison Co., both of which say they will run out of money within a month if they are not allowed to charge customers the full price paid for electricity delivered to them

For more than six months, the utilities have been paying up to $1.50 per kilowatt-hour for electricity they are forced to sell to consumers for a nickel per kilowatt-hour. They say those customers now owe them close to $9 billion.

Stevens, along with Lynch and Carl Wood, a third Davis appointee, are expected to take the populist course and allow the utilities to add a penny to what they charge for a kilowatt-hour of electricity.

According to Wall Street, that will not save the companies from insolvency.

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