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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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Taiwan Parliament Says Finish Building Nuclear Plant

LCG, Jan. 31, 2001--Taiwan's opposition-controlled parliament early today passed a resolution calling on the government to resume construction immediately on a $5.4-billion, 2,700 megawatt nuclear power plant project it had ordered scrapped in October.

The vote was 134-70, with only three members of the Nationalist Party defecting to President Chen Shui-bian's Democratic Progressive Party. Senior Democrat Progressives said the government would reject the result and call for mediation of the issue.

Parris Chang, chairman of the parliament's Foreign Relations Committee and a member of Chen's party, said "The president has the power to mediate, and he will see if some kind of compromise solution is possible."

The Nationalists are expected to do little more than listen during any mediation process, and then seek other legal and political means to force the government to resume construction of the plant.

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