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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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Midwest Gen, Union Meet in Strike Talks

LCG, July 17, 2001Official of the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers and negotiators from Midwest Generation LLC, operator of 12 coal-fired power plants in Illinois, will meet with a federal mediator Thursday, the first indication of a thawing in the three-week old standoff.

IBEW workers walked out at the 12 plants, which account for a quarter of all the electricity generated in Illinois, on June 28 after rejecting a pay raise offered by Midwest Gen. The company countered that the union had demanded work rules changes that would have usurped its ability to effectively manage the plants.

A Midwest Gen spokesman confirmed the talks with the mediator, adding that the company welcomed the opportunity to sit down with the union to resolve their differences. The IBEW has said the company has refused to bargain in good faith. Its members have worked without a contract since April 1.

The 12 plants, seven baseload stations and five peaking plants, were purchased from Commonwealth Edison Co., and ComEd buys their output. Together, they have a capacity of about 9,300 megawatts.

Midwest Generation is owned by Edison Mission Energy, a subsidiary of Los Angeles-based Edison International Inc.

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