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Impacts of COVID-19 Virus on Electricity Demand

LCG, March 27, 2020 -- Jeremy Platt, an energy scientist, Palo Alto has made some early analysis of impact of COVID -19 on electricity demand using the grid operators data published by LCG. Data from several areas of the country offer early and near real-time views of impacts of the economic slowdown due to evolving regional and statewide coronavirus mitigation strategies.

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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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Rolling Blackouts Hit Las Vegas

LCG, July 3, 2001In Las Vegas yesterday, street lights went dead, air conditioners quit conditioning air and perhaps millions of incandescent bulbs blinked off as a power blackout hit Nevada for the first time.

Incandescent bulbs, ranging in size from the itty-bitty ones inside slot machines to big ones illuminating casinos and hotels, are important in Las Vegas, as are air conditioners.

While expected hot weather had Nevada Power Co. lining up power reserves early in the day, the problem hit when both 790 megawatt units of the nearby Mohave coal-fired power plant went down for as-yet-unexplained reasons. Nevada Power has a 222 megawatt ownership interest in the plant, which is operated and 50 percent owned by Southern California Edison Co.

Casinos were asked to conserve power and many dimmed their lights and fired up emergency back-up generators. When Nevada Power was forced to shed 100 megawatts of load in the middle of the afternoon, about 10,000 customers lost power.

Under price controls recently put into effect for the 11 Western states by the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission, the Las Vegas blackout should have triggered controls throughout the region, but no reports indicated their implementation.

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