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PacifiCorp Issues RFP for Over 4,300 MW of Generation Resources

LCG, July 9, 2020--PacifiCorp Monday issued the largest request for proposals (RFPs) for energy projects in company history, seeking more than 4,300 MW in solar, wind and battery storage resources that can connect to its 10-state transmission system and achieve commercial operation by December 31, 2024.

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Analysis of Resource Adequacy in ERCOT - July - December 2020

LCG, June 30, 2020 - LCG Consulting just released its analysis of ERCOT for the second half of 2020, July through December.

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ISO Orders Utilities to Begin Voluntary Load Shedding

LCG, Sept. 19, 2000The California Independent System Operator, in a taste of what is likely to happen today, declared a Stage 2 Electrical Emergency yesterday and ordered the state's three investor-owned utilities to begin cutting power to customers with interruptible contracts.

Cal-ISO asked the companies to shave 1,710 megawatts off their demand to relieve strain on the state's power grid. Yesterday evening, the agency said today would be another "power watch" day, with demand pushing 45,000 megawatts.

If Cal-ISO has any dreams about importing power across the Oregon border today, it will likely find them empty. Availability of power from the Pacific Northwest was abruptly curtailed yesterday at about 3:00 p.m. when the 1,150 megawatt Washington Public Power Supply System nuclear power plant near Pasco, Wash., was taken down because operators experienced a sudden increase in offgas flow and decreasing condenser vacuum. The plant was in hot shutdown mode this morning.

A problem that will plague the Cal-ISO all week is that some of the in-state plants that have been pumping out power all summer are now shut down for repairs and maintenance. An ISO spokeswoman said "We've got 3,000 megawatts off because of scheduled maintenance," adding the shutdowns were overdue because many had deferred maintenance during June and July, when power was also critically short.

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