Impacts of COVID-19 Virus on Electricity Demand

LCG, March 27, 2020 -- Jeremy Platt, an energy scientist, Palo Alto has made some early analysis of impact of COVID -19 on electricity demand using the grid operators data published by LCG. Data from several areas of the country offer early and near real-time views of impacts of the economic slowdown due to evolving regional and statewide coronavirus mitigation strategies.

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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

TVA Approved to Produce Nuclear Weapon Supplies

LCG, September 24, 2002-NRC has given the TVA permission to produce radioactive products for use in nuclear weapons.

The Tennessee Valley Authority, which owns nearly 30,000 megawatts in generating capacity and serves utility customers in seven states, will now be able to put as many as 2,304 tritium-producing rods in its Watts Bar nuclear plant.

The plant will require 18 months to produce tritium, and the product will be shipped to South Carolina to serve a Department of Energy tritium plant being built there.

Tritium is an isotope of hydrogen, which can be used to adjust the nuclear reaction in nuclear bombs, although nuclear explosions derive the vast majority of their energy from reactions of either plutonium or uranium. Radiation from tritium cannot penetrate skin but constitutes a health hazard if the tritium is ingested or inhaled. The isotope has a half life of just 12.3 years, as compared with isotopes of uranium, which have half lives of hundreds of millions of years.

The Tennessee Valley Authority, which serves Alabama, Georgia, Kentucky, Mississippi, North Carolina, Tennessee, and Virginia, has also requested permission to produce tritium at a Chattanooga plant.

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