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|June 2, 2020|
Warning for potential electricity ‘shortages’ in California
SAN FRANCISCO – (INT) – An analysis by the California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC) has found that current electricity supplies are tight and that reliance on imports will be increased beyond historical levels.
The CPUC is taking steps to support electric service reliability for 2021-2023, while keeping the electricity sector on a path to meeting the state’s clean energy goals.
The tight supply is driven by market trends in the electric sector, including time of day and time of year shifts of system peak loads; the growing penetration levels of wind and solar resources that require integration into the grid; the retirement of aging natural gas plants; and a decline in reliable imported electricity to meet peak demand as other states increase their renewable generation.
By 2021, the CPUC ordered that all load-serving entities procure 3,300 megawatts of new, non-emitting electricity resources. Load-serving entities must make 10-year, long-term investments in new in-state generation that maintains reliability and keeps California on its present trajectory toward meeting its greenhouse gas emissions reduction targets.
Story Date: November 10, 2019