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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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Texas Companies Admit Overscheduling

LCG, March 27, 2002-The names of five of the six Texas companies allegedly involved in overscheduling last year were made public on Monday.

Republican legislator Steve Wolens called on the Texas Public Utilities Commission to release the names of companies being investigated.

The sixth company cites market rules and refuses to publicly announce itself, although according to the Dallas Morning News, speculation has been focused on Enron as a likely candidate.

The other five companies are American Electric Power Company, Reliant Energy Inc., Mirant Corporation, Constellation Power Source, and TXU Corporation.

These five companies insist that overscheduling was accidental. Reliant says that the financial implications of their actions are insignificant. Mirant and Constellation have not commented on the size of their mistakes, and TXU announced Friday that it overscheduled by 5 percent and had refunded the $4 million it made from that 5 percent.

The Texas Public Utilities Commission says that the overscheduling has not had any serious effects on consumers. However, since providers are charged for congestion by market share, penalties could be unfairly allotted.

DD> Investigations of last year's market inconsistencies are ongoing.

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