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Rethinking California distribution system operations and grid services markets for a high-DER future

Rethinking California distribution system operations and grid services markets for a high-DER future To prepare California for a “high DER future” that could overstress the state’s distribution system, a series of regulatory workshops opened May 3. Distribution system reform is needed as California moves from “firm dispatchable one-way generation to variable two-way generation” that will … Continue reading Rethinking California distribution system operations and grid services markets for a high-DER future

#California dithers over closing its sole nuclear power station

California dithers over closing its sole nuclear power station Diablo Canyon Power Plant was scheduled to shut down in 2025 California Governor Gavin Newsom is considering keeping the state’s last nuclear power plant beyond its planned closure in 2025. The Diablo Canyon Power Plant in San Luis Obispo County is considered the largest producer of … Continue reading #California dithers over closing its sole nuclear power station

#Lake_Powell officials face an impossible choice in the West’s megadrought: Water or #electricity

Lake Powell officials face an impossible choice in the West’s megadrought: Water or electricity Lake Powell, the country’s second-largest reservoir, is drying up. The situation is critical: if water levels at the lake were to drop another 32 feet, all hydroelectricity production would be halted at the reservoir’s Glen Canyon Dam. The West’s climate change-induced … Continue reading #Lake_Powell officials face an impossible choice in the West’s megadrought: Water or #electricity

Electric utilities spending millions to lower #wildfire risk

Electric utilities spending millions to lower wildfire risk SEATTLE (AP) — Private electric utilities in the Pacific Northwest are planning tens of millions of dollars in upgrades to reduce the risk that their power lines could spark wildfires during extreme weather. Utilities such as Pacific Power, Avista, Idaho Power, Portland General Electric and Puget Sound … Continue reading Electric utilities spending millions to lower #wildfire risk

#BPA, #Tucson_Electric_Power newest to join CAISO ‘s Western Energy Imbalance Market

BPA, Tucson Electric Power newest to join CAISO’s Western Energy Imbalance Market Bonneville Power Administration and Tucson Electric Power are the newest participants in the California Independent System Operator’s Western Energy Imbalance Market after formally joining May 3. WEIM now has 19 participants serving 77% of the demand for electricity in the Western United States, … Continue reading #BPA, #Tucson_Electric_Power newest to join CAISO ‘s Western Energy Imbalance Market

#Idaho_Power announces large-scale battery storage project to help with reliable service

Idaho Power announces large-scale battery storage project to help with reliable service BOISE, Idaho — Idaho Power will install 120 megawatts of battery storage, the first utility-scale storage system in Idaho. The batteries don’t generate electricity, but store power during periods of low use, according to Idaho Power. The company will need additional capacity as … Continue reading #Idaho_Power announces large-scale battery storage project to help with reliable service

Renewables Met All of #California ‘s Energy Needs for the First Time Ever

Renewables Met All of California’s Energy Needs for the First Time Ever The supply of renewable energy, mostly solar, briefly met the state’s total demand for energy on Saturday in a landmark moment for sustainability. For a few minutes on Saturday afternoon, all of California’s energy needs were met by renewable energy for the first … Continue reading Renewables Met All of #California ‘s Energy Needs for the First Time Ever

SDG&E Adds Second Energy Storage Facility in #San_Diego to Strengthen Grid Reliability and Advance Clean Energy Goals

SDG&E Adds Second Energy Storage Facility in San Diego to Strengthen Grid Reliability and Advance Clean Energy Goals SAN DIEGO–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Less than a year after it completed the Top Gun Energy Storage facility in the Miramar area, San Diego Gas & Electric (SDG&E) today announced the completion of a second energy storage project in the … Continue reading SDG&E Adds Second Energy Storage Facility in #San_Diego to Strengthen Grid Reliability and Advance Clean Energy Goals