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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PG&E Sues State over Seized Contracts

LCG, July 18, 2001Pacific Gas & Electric Co. yesterday sued the state of California seeking reimbursement for million of dollars worth of electric power contracts seized by Gov. Gray Davis on January 31.

Davis, citing his emergency powers, seized the contracts because he feared PG&E, which subsequently filed for protection under Chapter 11 of the bankruptcy laws in April, would liquidate them to raise money to help pay its debts.

The now-defunct California Power Exchange, through which all state power transactions were made, also wanted to seize the contracts because the utility owed it money.

The governor's office agrees that the state owes PG&E for the contracts, but no one knows how much those contracts are worth. When they were taken, the state estimated their value at $160 million, but the power exchange thought they were worth $347 million.

Because the contracts call for delivery of electricity to the utility at prices lower than the current market price and considerable more lower than the price at the time they were seized it is difficult for anyone to place a value on them. Davis wants a judge to determine their value.

Steve Maviglio, speaking for the governor, said "We seized the contracts to have reasonable priced power and expected that price to be set in a neutral forum."

In its suit, filed at Superior Court in San Francisco, PG&E said it "has received no compensation for the damage to its property."

PG&E spokesman Ron Low said the company believes "the state has benefited from the value of our contracts, and as a result we should be compensated."

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