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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Tennessee Valley Authority Issues RFP for 200 MW of Renewables

LCG, March 19, 2020--The Tennessee Valley Authority (TVA) issued a request for proposals (RFP) on March 13 to develop up to 200 MW of stand-alone renewable energy resources or renewable energy resources configured with battery energy storage systems (BESS). Solar resources must be tracking, and the projects must be commercially operational and providing power by September 29, 2023 or earlier.

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PG&E Unit Owes Rhode Island Utility for Power

LCG, July 6, 2001The Providence (R.I.) Journal wondered this morning how it was possible for a big electric power plant owned by a big utility holding company headquartered in a huge state to owe an itty-bitty local utility in the nation's smallest state more than a half-billion dollars for electricity.

The Manchester Street Station can produce enough electricity to light more than half the homes in Rhode island, yet it is in arrears on $525,000 worth of electric bills to Narragansett Electric Co., the local utility for Providence and environs and former owner of the power plant.

The new owner is USGen New England, which the paper notes is owned by PG&E National Energy Group, which is owned in turn by PG&E Corp. and is a sister company of Pacific Gas & Electric Co., which is the local utility for San Francisco and two-thirds of California.

"PG&E National Energy Group is flush with cash (and) can afford to pay its bill)" the Journal thought.

What is a 495 megawatt power plant doing buying electricity in the first place? Well, it can't run all the time, but its customers expect electricity all the time, so USGen buys power from others when it is fixing the Manchester Street Station.

Narragansett Electric says it has been sending a monthly bill to USGen, but none of the bills have been paid. "They have decided to completely blow off their electric bill since September 1998," said Ronald Gerwatowski, the lawyer for the Providence utility.

A spokeswoman for USGen told the paper that details on the purchase of electricity from Narragansett Electric were spelled out at the time USGen bought the plant, but she didn't say whether those details covered non-payment of the bill.

The Journal said the issue has gone to the Rhode Island Public Utilities Commission for resolution.

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