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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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California Files New Complaint Against Power Companies

LCG, Mar. 21, 2002--California's Attorney General Bill Lockyer filed a complaint with the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission on Wednesday, alleging that generators had not responded to record-keeping rules regarding their rates.

In a prepared statement, Lockyer said, "by not filing their rates, either before of after the fact, wholesale power providers have managed to evade any meaningful rate regulation by FERC." The complaint said that generators had not filed quarterly explanations of their costs, and did not detail their rates with FERC when the state's Department of Water Resources made short-term purchases.

FERC received a complaint from Lockyer in 2001 asking for up to $9 billion in charges to be refunded. The agency has said that it will have a response to that complaint in August, and has signaled that any refunds would not match the full amount California is seeking.

Gary Ackerman, who represents the Western Power Trading Forum for generators and traders, said Lockyer's suit gives an inaccurate picture of the information generators were required by federal rules to report. "This has no basis in any federal legislation or statute. It's just not there," Ackerman told the Sacramento Bee.
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