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

Five Japanese Executives Resign After Nuke Deception

LCG, September 17, 2002-Following an investigation revealing phony nuclear plant records, five executives have resigned from Tokyo Electric Power Company.

Earlier this month, the Tokyo Electric Power Company (TEPCO) found that 13 of its 16 nuclear power plants had incorrect records of reactor core structures. In some cases, cracks in reactors were not disclosed.

Five reactors, amounting to 5,180 megawatts in capacity, have been shut down for inspection.

Additionally, TEPCO's President Nobuya Minami will resign and take a position as an advisor. Chairman Hiroshi Araki will also resign, along with two advisors and a vice president. The company has said that it will seek to punish those responsible, perhaps as many as 35 officials.

Pulling these nuclear plants off line may result in a loss to TEPCO of over $204 million.

Although TEPCO is interested in disciplining its employees, it has asserted that the cover-ups were due to mismanagement on a macro-organizational scale, as opposed to personal greed.

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