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

North Korea Meets with Russia for Nuke Deal

LCG, March 26, 2002-Last week North Korean and Russian officials talked about joint energy endeavors.

North Korean parliamentary head Choe Thae Bok went to Moscow to speak with Russian industry official Ilya Klebanov about rail and electricity development, including building a nuclear plant.

North Korea has been dubbed part of an "axis of evil" by U.S. President Bush.

A 1994 agreement required the country to stop nuclear arms development. Many international experts say that the country is still retaining and possibly producing weapons-grade plutonium. The agreement also included inspections by the International Atomic Energy Agency.

With U.S. assistance two light-water nuclear reactors were slated to be built by 2003 according to this agreement, but now the project is not likely to happen for years. North Korea is looking for other avenues by which to develop nuclear power.

According to the Guardian, Moscow officials are hesitant to form any definite plans with the North Korean regime.

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