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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Industry News

AEP to Build 900 Megawatt Cogenerator for Dow

LCG, Jan. 22, 2001American Electric Power Co. said this morning that it had signed a deal with Dow Chemical Co. for AEP to develop and build a 900 megawatt cogeneration plant at Dow'sPlaquemine, La., chemical complex.

Dow will operate the plant, which will provide steam to the chemical plant and handle some of its electricity needs. AEP said it has reached a 20-year agreement to sell up to 900 megawatts from the facility to Tractebel Energy Marketing Inc., subsidiary of the Belgian energy and services giant.

"This project is another example of AEP's ability to successfully link its technical and commercialskills to meet our customers' needs," said Paul Addis, an executive vice president.

Dow's energy business director, Bill Jewell, said "This power plant will enable Dow to be more energy efficient and allow us to grow to meet the needs of our customers."

Construction of the $325 million facility will begin this year, with startup scheduled for early 2003.

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