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Snapshot of Load Changes, California (CAISO) and New York City regions (NYISO NYC): an Addendum

LCG, April 6, 2020 -- Jeremy Platt, Palo Alto has made some additional observations of impact of COVID - 19 on electricity demand using the grid operators data published by LCG. This note extends the results reported on March 27, 2020. The magnitudes of load reduction are very different due to the different sizes of these regions, but the times and scales of sharp reductions of ~ 16% are remarkably similar

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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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Fitchburg G&E Asks Massachusetts for Rate Hike

LCG, May 29, 2001--Fitchburg Gas & Electric Light Co. subsidiary has asked Massachusetts regulators for authority to increase electric rates to compensate for higher purchased power costs, the utility's parent holding company said Friday.

FG&E asked the Massachusetts Department of Energy and Telecommunications for permission to increase its standard offer service rates. Standard offer service is provided to customers who have not switched to a competitive service provider under the state's deregulation scheme.

When Massachusetts deregulated its electric industry, it created standard offer service for customers of record on March 1, 1998 who either could not switch or chose not to. Another form of service, electric default service, was created for customers who moved into a utility's service territory after March 1, 1998, or who had switched and them switched back to FG&E. Default service customers get power at market rates, without a markup being applied by the utility.

Because standard offer service rates have been below market rates, about 80 percent of FG&E customers get that service. The requested rate hike would result in an increase of between 9 and 13 percent, but the new rates would still be less than the market rate, according to utility spokeswoman Stephanye Schuyler.

If the increase is granted, a typical residential customer using 500 kilowatt-hours of electricity per month will see an increase of $6.15, or 9.3 percent. The rate hike would go into effect on July 1.

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