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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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Calpine Gets Okay for 135 Megawatts Near San Jose

LCG, May 23, 2001Calpine Corp. yesterday received California approval for a new 135 megawatt peaking power plant the company intends to build just south of San Jose. The three-unit, gas-fueled facility will begin operation by next summer, the company said.

Following completion of the plant, to be located in the garlic capital of Gilroy, Calpine will add three more combustion turbines on the site, doubling the plants capacity to 270 megawatts. Calpine already owns a 131 megawatt cogeneration plant at Gilroy Foods.

For Gilroy, and neighboring Morgan Hill, the new plant will provide a customer for about a million gallons a day of treated wastewater from the communities' jointly-owned South County Wastewater Authority reclamation facility.

To Jay Baksa, city administrator of Gilroy, getting paid for the wastewater offers benefits of "enormous potential." Without the sale, the Authority would have to acquire land and build percolating ponds for the water. What they will get is income instead of expense.

Calpine, which typically makes "community benefit" investments in cities where it locates power plants, is in discussions with Gilroy officials about what the company can do to help out.

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