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How to Make the Grid Secure

LCG March 1, 2021--February’s winter weather has brought a new level of uncertainty to the Texas grid, on top of rapid renewables growth and hot summer weather. Not only did the blackouts solidify the need to plan for extreme weather in winter and summer, but they also brought Texas residents, the governor, and the legislature into a public conversation about demand-supply planning.

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Long Ridge Energy Announces Plans to Allow Transition to 100 Percent Hydrogen

LCG, March 4, 2021--Ohio's Long Ridge Energy Generation is retrofitting its 485-MW combined-cycle power plant to use a blend of natural gas and carbon-free hydrogen, making it the nation's first large gas turbine plant to transition operations to hydrogen fuel.

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CA Assembly Passes 2006 Retail Choice Bill

LCG, June 5, 2003-The California Assembly passed Bill 428, which aims to permit electricity consumers to pick suppliers outside of their prescribed utilities.

According to the bill, which passed 67 to zero, retail electricity customers using over 500 kilowatts would be allowed "Retail Choice" or direct access by 2006. This deregulatory action was initialized several years ago but was suspended in September 2001.

The bill would also let residential customers buy power directly from renewable resources beginning in 2006.

Keith Richman, a Republican assemblyman from Granada Hills, sponsored the bill.

A similar but less detailed bill in the Senate also aims to give direct access. This measure, Bill 888, passed the Senate Appropriations Committee on Wednesday by a weaker, seven to five vote, and goes to the floor today.

The Assembly bill will probably go to the California Senate Energy committee in less than 2 months.

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