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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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Santee Cooper Suspends Development of Coal-fired Power Plant in South Carolina

LCG, August 25, 2009--The board of Santee Cooper, South Carolina's state-owned electric and water utility, yesterday voted unanimously to suspend efforts to construct a 600-MW, coal-fired electric generating station in Florence County, South Carolina.

Santee Cooper identified three, primary reasons for discontinuing its efforts towards building the Pee Dee Energy Campus. First, the recession has reduced overall demand for electricity. Second, proposed federal government regulations regarding carbon emissions would significantly increase the operating costs of the coal-fired power plant. Third, Central Electric Power Cooperative, Santee Cooper's largest customer, plans to gradually reduce its reliance on using power supplied by Santee Cooper beginning in 2013.

The Pee Dee Energy Campus was scheduled to commence operations in 2012.
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