California Sets Two Records Regarding Solar Power Production

LCG, March 8, 2018--The California Independent System Operator (CAISO) recorded an all-time peak percentage of demand served by solar energy facilities on Sunday, achieving a record 49.95 percent at 12:58 p.m. The prior peak record was 47.2 percent set on May 14, 2017.

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ERCOT Expects Record-breaking Peak Demand this Summer

LCG, March 2, 2018--The Electric Reliability Council of Texas (ERCOT) yesterday released its final Seasonal Assessment of Resource Adequacy (SARA) report for the upcoming spring season (March - May) and its preliminary assessment for the summer season (June - September). ERCOT, the grid operator for most of Texas, is predicting record-breaking peak usage this summer driven by the strong Texas economy. The combination of record-breaking peak usage and the recent retirement of older electric generating units is expected to result in tight operating reserves.

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GE Energy Ships Advanced Gas Turbine for Installation in California

LCG, September 27, 2006--GE Energy announced yesterday that it has successfully completed testing on its first 7H gas turbine and that the state-of-the-art unit is in route to California, where it will be installed at the Inland Empire Energy Center, near Riverside.

The advanced new turbine is one of two units to be installed at the Inland Empire Energy Center, a 775-MW, project located near the unincorporated community of Romoland in Riverside County, California. The California Energy Commission (CEC) granted the license in June 2005, and the project is scheduled to commence operations by the summer of 2008.

The project will be the first site in North America to use GE's new, H System technology that is designed to achieve a thermal efficiency of 60 percent. Like other combined-cycle designs, the H System uses gas turbine exhausts to generate steam that drives another turbine for additional power generation. However, the H System uses steam rather than air to cool the turbines, which allows the system to operate at higher temperatures and results in greater efficiency, using about 3 percent less fuel.

The first GE H System unit was installed in Baglan Bay, Wales, began operation in September 2003, and recently surpassed 17,000 operating hours.

GE will finance and own the energy center, and Calpine will manage plant construction, market plant generation and manage fuel requirements under a long-term agreement. Calpine plans to purchase the facility from GE and become sole owner and operator after an extended period.

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