Virginia Governor Signs Executive Order to Drive Renewable Energy Installations

LCG, September 18, 2019--The Governor of Virginia signed an Executive Order 43 yesterday setting statewide goals for clean energy deployment and expands upon the Commonwealth's commitments to reduce the environmental impact, mitigate the impacts of climate change, and boost the clean energy economy in Virginia.

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Los Angeles Moves A Step Closer to Approving Huge Solar with Battery Storage Installation

LCG, September 12, 2019--The Los Angeles Department of Water and Power (LADWP) Board of Commissioners unanimously approved a plan on September 10 to install a 300-MW/1,200-MWh battery energy storage system (BESS) located at 8minute Solar Energy's (8mSE) Eland Solar and Storage Center.

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Feds Look at Plans to RelieveCalifornia Transmission Bottleneck

LCG, July 24, 2001Federal agencies will look at a baker's dozen plans to relieve the California electric power transmission bottleneck known as "Path 15," U.S. Energy Secretary Spencer Abraham said yesterday.

Path 15, located in the state's Central Valley near the town of Los Banos, consists of two 500 kilovolt lines and severely restricts the ability to move bulk power between the northern and southern parts of California. Abraham is pushing for a third 500 kilovolt line to relieve the congestion.

"It is like adding lanes of traffic in a major thoroughfare," he said.

The Department of Energy estimates that the cost to upgrade the 84-mile Path 15 would be $230 million and take three or four years to complete, but Abraham said the cost could run as high as $300 million.

The California Independent System Operator, which manages the three-quarters of the state grid belonging to three investor-owned utilities, said that the bottleneck cost the state about $260 million over the past 16 months.

Path 15 is owned by Pacific Gas & Electric Co. which sought protection under Chapter 11 of the U.S. bankruptcy law in April, having run up massive debt purchasing power at high wholesale prices for resale to customers at artificially low prices mandated by California's failed electric deregulation scheme. The utility does not have funds to handle the upgrade itself.

The federal Western Area Power Administration will review 13 "statements of interest" in the Path 15 and will issue a recommendation within the next few weeks.

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