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EIA Publishes Study on High Renewables Growth Impact in WECC Markets using UPLAN

LCG, July 19, 2024 – A working paper published by the U.S. Energy Information Administration (EIA) utilized the UPLAN model to study the impact of high renewables growth in the Western Electric Coordinating Council (WECC) markets.

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LCG Publishes 2024 Annual Outlook for Texas Electricity Market (ERCOT)

LCG, October 10, 2023 – LCG Consulting (LCG) has released its annual outlook of the ERCOT wholesale electricity market for 2024, based on the most likely weather, market, transmission, and generator conditions.

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PG&E Files Agreements for 107 MW of Solar-Biofuel Hybrid Power

LCG, June 13, 2008--Pacific Gas and Electric Company (PG&E) has executed two, 20-year power purchase agreements (PPA's) with San Joaquin Solar LLC, a subsidiary of Martifer Renewables Electricity LLC, for a total of 107 MW of renewable power that will be generated by a solar-biofuel hybrid system. PG&E filed the agreements yesterday with the California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC). The project is scheduled to commence operations in 2011.

The solar-biofuel hybrid system incorporates Luz solar thermal trough technology and biomass fuel to generate steam that is used in a steam turbine to generate electricity. By using biomass fuel, the plant is not solely dependent upon solar energy and can generally produce power 24 hours per day throughout the year. Each solar-biofuel hybrid project will use about 250,000 tons of biomass per year. The biomass used will include agricultural wastes, green wastes and livestock manure.

The plant will consist of two units and will be located in California's Central Valley near Coalinga. Martifer will own 80 percent of the plant, and Clean Energy Ventures will own the remaining 20 percent.

California passed a Renewable Portfolio Standard (RPS) Program that requires utilities to increase their electric supply procurement of eligible renewable generating resources by one percent of load per year, with a 20 percent renewables target by the end of 2010 and a 33 percent target by the end of 2020. PG&E has made contractual commitments to have over 20 percent of its future deliveries supplied by renewable facilities. This year PG&E estimates that 14 percent of its electricity will be delivered from renewable sources.
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