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DOE Issues Emergency Order to Alleviate #California Power Crisis

DOE Issues Emergency Order to Alleviate California Power Crisis The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) on Sept. 6 took the rare but drastic action of issuing an emergency order under the Federal Power Act (FPA) to authorize the maximum operation of three natural gas–fired facilities on the California Independent System Operator’s (CAISO’s) grid whose full … Continue reading DOE Issues Emergency Order to Alleviate #California Power Crisis

CAISO Lifts Stage 2 Emergency Alert; No Outages Ordered

CAISO Lifts Stage 2 Emergency Alert; No Outages Ordered California’s Independent System Operator lifted its Stage 2 emergency declaration a little over two hours after it was declared on Sunday night. CAISO called for the Stage 2 emergency on Sunday evening at 6:23 p.m., warning residents about the possibility of rotating blackouts and advising them … Continue reading CAISO Lifts Stage 2 Emergency Alert; No Outages Ordered

#California avoided rolling blackouts for two decades. What went wrong on the grid?

California avoided rolling blackouts for two decades. What went wrong on the grid? For nearly two decades, California skated past one heat wave after another without having to resort to deliberate rolling blackouts — including one horrible stretch that killed 140 people in 2006. The state’s electricity winning streak ran out Friday night. For more … Continue reading #California avoided rolling blackouts for two decades. What went wrong on the grid?

#California blackouts are Public Utilities Commission’s fault, grid operator says

California blackouts are Public Utilities Commission’s fault, grid operator says California’s power grid operator delivered a blistering rebuke Monday to the state’s Public Utilities Commission, blaming the agency for rotating power outages — the first since the 2001 energy crisis — and warning of bigger blackouts to come. In their first public comments since the … Continue reading #California blackouts are Public Utilities Commission’s fault, grid operator says

California’s Shift From Natural Gas to Solar Is Playing a Role in Rolling Blackouts

California’s Shift From Natural Gas to Solar Is Playing a Role in Rolling Blackouts. California was beset by its first rolling blackouts since the 2001 energy crisis, as a heatwave slammed the Western U.S. Friday and Saturday. Electricity demand for air conditioning throughout the region stretched California’s power capacity and limited the state’s ability to … Continue reading California’s Shift From Natural Gas to Solar Is Playing a Role in Rolling Blackouts

#California ISO connects largest battery storage system in US to its grid

California ISO connects largest battery storage system in US to its grid The California Independent System Operator (ISO) added the largest battery storage connection in the nation to its power grid last month. The LS Power Group’s Gateway Energy Storage Project came online in San Diego County on June 9, adding 62.5 megawatts (MW) of … Continue reading #California ISO connects largest battery storage system in US to its grid

#SoCalGas Now Powering Two #Los_Angeles Facilities with #Bloom_Energy AlwaysON Microgrids

SoCalGas Now Powering Two Los Angeles Facilities with Bloom Energy AlwaysON Microgrids LOS ANGELES and SAN JOSE, Calif., July 17, 2020 /PRNewswire/ — Southern California Gas Co. (SoCalGas) today announced it has begun powering two of its largest Los Angeles-area facilities with Bloom Energy (NYSE: BE) solid oxide fuel cells. The switch to fuel cells … Continue reading #SoCalGas Now Powering Two #Los_Angeles Facilities with #Bloom_Energy AlwaysON Microgrids

Solar-plus-storage has a 99.8% capacity value in California

Solar-plus-storage has a 99.8% capacity value in California “The energy from solar can consistently charge a 4-hour storage device having the same installed capacity” prior to the hours of peak demand, says a new study. In Arizona and New Mexico the capacity value is 99%. Solar-plus-storage has 99.8% of the capacity value of a theoretical … Continue reading Solar-plus-storage has a 99.8% capacity value in California