SRP Expands Plans for New Solar Energy to 1,000 MW by 2025

LCG, November 20, 2018--Salt River Project (SRP) recently announced plans to add 1,000 MW of new utility-scale solar energy to its system by the end of fiscal year 2025. The new plan will accelerate the pace and increase the total capacity of SRP's solar energy resource plans by 700 MW relative to the current resource plans during the same timeframe. The new plan is driven by decreasing costs for solar power and customer's growing interest in solar energy.

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New York Issues Offshore Wind Solicitation

LCG, November 9, 2018--The Governor of New York yesterday announced a solicitation for 800 MW or more of new offshore wind projects to supply renewable energy to New York to combat climate change. The New York State Energy Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA) issued the Request for Proposals (RFP), which is the first key step in New York's plan to install 2,400 MW of offshore wind projects by 2030.

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SMUD's Control Area Departs ISO

LCG, June 20, 2002--Early this week, the Sacramento Municipal Utility District took over operation of its own control area from the California Independent System Operator, partly to insulate itself from what SMUD's board President Genevieve Shiroma called "market-driven blackouts".

The move will not change rates for customers within SMUD, but it will mean SMUD will make all minute-to-minute balancing decisions to keep demand and supply of power in equilibrium. As such, the utility district will no longer pay grid-management charges to the ISO. Jim Tracy, director of SMUD's planning and budget, told the Sacramento Bee that, depending on the direction of ISO's charges, SMUD might save $2 to $30 million yearly, starting in 2003.

SMUD will not be subject to ISO-instigated rolling blackouts, although if there is a chance that the ISO grid could collapse due to equipment failure, SMUD would be prepared to act as needed. In situations in which generators do not generate within the ISO control areas for fear of not being paid, SMUD would have no obligation to the ISO.

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