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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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Calpine Completes Acquisition of Westcoast Energy Plants

LCG, Sept. 24, 2001--Calpine Corp. said on Friday its wholly owned subsidiary Canada Power Holdings Ltd. has completed the acquisition and assumed operations of two Canadian cogeneration plants from British Columbia-based Westcoast Energy Inc.

The acquisition adds 275 net megawatts of strategic natural gas-fired generation to Calpine's Canadian power portfolio. Calpine said it paid about $255 million (U.S.) for the plants.

The acquisition gives Calpine 100 percent interest in the Island Cogeneration facility, a 250 megawatt natural gas-fired electric plant located near Campbell River, British Columbia on Vancouver Island.

The plant, which is nearly completed, will deliver electricity to BC Hydro under the terms of a 20-year agreement and will also provide process steam to a nearby industrial concern under a 15-year contract.

Calpine also acquired a 50 percent interest in and assumed operations of the 50-megawatt Whitby Cogeneration plant, which provides power to Ontario Energy Financial Corporation, formerly Ontario Hydro, under the terms of a 20-year agreement. Located in Whitby, Ontario, the plant entered commercial operations in September 1998 and provides steam to a packaging firm.

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