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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Industry News

Steam Problem Shuts Down Palo Verde Nuclear Unit

LCG, July 16, 2001An equipment problem Friday involving steam to the main turbine in the 1,270 megawatt Unit 2 of Arizona Public Service Co.'s Palo Verde Nuclear Generation Station caused a shutdown of the reactor, the utility said.

The unit was at 60 percent of power this morning, and increasing output, according to the Nuclear Regulatory Commission's daily plant status report.

APS said the reactor was designed to shut itself down automatically in the type of situation that was encountered, and all systems operated according to plan.

"Our customers will have the energy they need to keep their homes cool and their lights on," said Jim Levine, executive vice president of APS Generation on Friday.

Three-unit, 3,778 megawatt Palo Verde, the nation's largest nuclear power plant in terms of both size and output, supplies power to 4 million customers in Arizona, Texas, New Mexico and California.

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