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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Avista Asks Washington, Idaho Electric Surcharge

LCG, July 19, 2001Avista Corp. said yesterday that it will ask regulators in Idaho and Washington to approve an energy surcharge to offset the costs of a severe shortage of hydroelectric generation and volatile wholesale market prices for electricity.

The proposed surcharge would be applied as a uniform percentage increase to the rates for all customer classes in each state. The company's Washington customers would pay a surcharge of 36.9 percent on top of their existing rates, and Idaho customers would get bitten for 14.7 percent.

The surcharge in each state would begin on September 15 and continue until the end of 2003, but if conditions allow, the surcharge could be removed sooner, the company said.

Gary Ely, Avista Corp. chief executive, said the need for a surcharge has arisen through a combination of volatile electricity prices, changing market conditions and a continued deterioration in availability of hydroelectric generation, which has weakened the financial condition of the company.

"Improving the company's cash flow is critical to being able to complete financing plans and to meetvarious debt covenants," Ely said. "Without the surcharges in each state, the company will not be in aposition to access capital at reasonable costs."

Ely said the company has been unable to arrange continuing financing for completion of a badly needed power project currently under construction. "Lenders have growing concerns about the projected deferral balances and the absence of some form of mechanism to currently recover the deferred costs on a current basis," he said.

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