Pacific Gas & Electric seeks $1.47 billion from ratepayers for wildfire liability costs detailed in its 2021 Wildfire Mitigation Plan. PG&E’s Sept. 16 application to the California Public Utilities Commission seeks to recover $1.4 billion in expenses and $197 in capital expenditures over two years. The costs are to cover its wildfire risk mitigation […]
If drought and extreme heat continue into next year, the shortfall on the California grid from high summer heat could escalate to 5.2 GW, up from this summer’s projected shortfall of 3.5 GW. That is according to preliminary results of the California Energy Commission’s expanded planning model released Aug. 11.
Under recently approved market changes, the California Independent System Operator seeks to double down to protect reliability in the states of the Western Interconnection it serves while guarding the transition to growing levels of variable and distributed renewables.
The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission approved CAISO’s interim market mechanisms in […]
In a reversal of high heat and demand causing rolling blackouts in California, Texas suffered far larger and longer blackouts this week because of unusually icy conditions. More than 4 million customers lost power because thermal power plants were unable to operate. Wind turbines also froze.
Details on the key causes of the mid-August blackouts are out, and consistent with an earlier analysis. They highlight market and planning flaws and a system thin on the cushion of extra power, or resource adequacy, the grid requires. The final analysis also points to an acute concern over two scenarios: […]