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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Industry News

Mirant Looking for Partner to Provide Credit Support

LCG, Mar. 6, 2002--The power producer and energy trading company Mirant Corp. is in talks with potential providers of capital to bolster its trading operations.

Marce Fuller, Mirant's chief executive, confirmed the talks, which he told a Morgan Stanley-sponsored investor conference are being conducted with commercial banks, investment banks and insurance companies. If a deal is reached by June 30, as Mirant intends, the company would no longer need to support its trading by putting up $500 million of its own capital to provide liquidity.

Jeffrey Gildersleeve, an analyst with Argus Research, said, "you're at a disadvantage when you don't have a solid financial backbone. Potential customers might shy away." With its balance sheet under greater scrutiny following the collapse of Enron and retreating from its aggressive development of new power plants, Mirant hopes to improve its credit rating, downgraded to junk status by Moody's in December.

If Moody's were to restore the company's credit rating, it would mark an exceptionally fast reversal from the rating service, Fuller noted. While the company's creditworthiness is being monitored closely, in Gildersleeve's opinion, "it has become consensus that Mirant management has been extremely proactive in shoring up its balance sheet and proving its financial strength." One move in that direction was the sale of German utility Bewag AG, a deal worth about $1.2 billion.
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