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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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CMS in Abu Dhabi Power-Water Plant Deal

LCG, Nov. 20, 2001--Abu Dhabi government officials said this morning that a joint venture between CMS Energy Corp. of the U.S. and International Power plc of Great Britain will join with the Abu Dhabi Water and Electricity Authority in management of a new water and power plant to be built next year in the emirate.

The government Authority will own 60 percent of Shuweihat CMS International Power while the American and British firms will split the remaining 40 percent. The new company, which has been capitalized at 675 million dirhams ($184 million U.S.), will operate and maintain power and desalination operations at the Shuweihat plant for 20 years, the officials said.

The plant will include a natural gas-fuelled 1,500 megawatt power plant and a water desalination facility with a capacity of 100 million imperial gallons (120 million U.S. gallons) per day. Construction on the facility, about 150 miles west of Abu Dhabi city, will start immediately and take a little more than two years.

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