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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FERC Would Allow California More Imports from Mexico

LCG, Mar. 28, 2002--The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission has stated that costs associated with investment in transmission lines between San Diego and Mexico would be allowed by the agency.

The FERC Chairman, Pat Wood, believes that the savings made possible by increased imports could reach $26 million for customers in San Diego, and $174 million per year for all of California. Initial upgrades, which are projected to allow 1,360 megawatts of generation imports to California, would bring savings of $3 million to San Diego and $10 million to the state, according to the FERC.

San Diego Gas and Electric Co., a subsidiary of Sempra, would be allowed to include the costs of line upgrades to the Miguel-Mission and Imperial Valley lines in rates. The final capacity of the lines could be 3,810 megawatts.

The FERC is now awaiting a filing by the California Independent System Operator (ISO) in May that will contain restructuring plans by the grid operator. The FERC felt that market design was responsible in part for the severity of California's power crisis in 2001. The importance of restructuring details is made more immediate by the approaching end of wholesale price caps imposed by FERC. The caps are set to expire on September 30.
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