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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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Davis' PR Hitman Quits Without Pay

LCG, July 31, 2001Chris Lehane, one of two spin doctors for former President Clinton who have helped shape California Gov. Gray Davis' response to the state's energy crunch, has cut ties with the administration and won't be paid for work already completed, the Sacramento Bee reported this morning.

Lehane and his partner, Mark Fabiani, were hired by Davis in May on a six-month, $30,000-a-month contract. Fabiani left last month an neither will receive any money for their services, the paper said.

Because Lehane and Fabiani each received at least $10,000 under contract with Southern California Edison Co. in the past year, Lewis Uhler, president of the National Tax Limitation Committee, filed a lawsuit alleging that conflict of interest laws had been violated.

Davis spokesman Steve Maviglio, himself caught in the conflict of interest controversy, said Lehane and Fabiani were instrumental in persuading the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission to limit the wholesale cost of power in the state.

"Chris Lehane provided an invaluable service to the people of California in helping us get action after a yearlong wait from FERC," Maviglio told the Bee. "It's a shame that politics gets in the way of public service."

Uhler, however, said he believes Lehane and Fabiani represent a larger problem in the Davis administration, and he pointed to the recent dismissal of energy traders who held stock in energy companies.

"Doesn't anybody in the Governor's Office understand conflict of interest?" he asked.

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