Wholesale U.S. Electricity Prices Were Volatile in 2022

Credit to Author: U.S. Energy Information Administration| Date: Sun, 15 Jan 2023 12:00:17 +0000

Average wholesale electricity prices at major trading hubs in the United States rose throughout much of 2022 and were, at times, volatile as a result of extreme weather events. The limited availability of coal to substitute for higher-priced natural gas also contributed to higher electricity prices. Prices at all electricity trading hubs were higher in […]

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CAISO’s First Geothermal Plant in 30 Years Comes Online

Credit to Author: Sonal Patel| Date: Thu, 25 Aug 2022 18:46:30 +0000

The first geothermal power plant built in more than three decades within the California Independent System Operator (CAISO) balancing authority has come online. Mammoth Pacific Geothermal, an Ormat Co. subsidiary, declared the 30-MW Casa Diablo IV (CD4) commercially operational on July 20. CD4 is located on public land two miles east of the Town of […]

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NERC Warns of Mounting Reliability Risks, Urges Preparation for Challenging Summer

Credit to Author: Sonal Patel| Date: Thu, 19 May 2022 20:10:17 +0000

An unprecedented array of risks—ranging from capacity shortfalls, extreme weather, extended drought, supply chain issues, cybersecurity, solar PV tripping, fuel constraints, to wildfires—could imperil the reliability of nearly every North American bulk power system (BPS) region west of the Midcontinent Independent System Operator (MISO) this summer, the North American Electric Reliability Corp. (NERC) warns in […]

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SDG&E Adds More Energy Storage to CAISO Grid

Credit to Author: Darrell Proctor| Date: Wed, 30 Mar 2022 16:11:32 +0000

San Diego Gas & Electric (SDG&E) has completed a second energy storage project in its home city, a 20-MW/80-MWh facility located in Kearny Mesa. Utility officials on March 29 said the new installation is part of California’s push toward 100% carbon-free electricity. SDG&E in June 2021 completed the Top Gun Energy Storage project, a 30-MW/120-MWh […]

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CAISO Plan Calls for $30.5 Billion for Transmission—and More Renewable Energy

Credit to Author: Darrell Proctor| Date: Thu, 03 Feb 2022 19:09:07 +0000

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California’s power grid continues to evolve and will look much different by 2040, according to a 20-year draft transmission plan released by the California Independent System Operator (CAISO). The plan calls for significant additional renewable energy resources, along with a $30.5-billion build-out of the transmission grid.  The outlook, developed by the grid operator along with […]

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Energy Groups Make Plans to Deal with Coronavirus; EEI Issues Bulletin

Credit to Author: Darrell Proctor| Date: Thu, 12 Mar 2020 17:33:03 +0000

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The Edison Electric Institute (EEI), whose membership includes all investor-owned U.S. power companies, has told its members to prepare contingency plans for their operations due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Several U.S. grid operators already have announced measures designed to keep employees as safe as possible, while maintaining the reliability of the nation’s power supply. The […]

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Utility-Scale Solar Has Led U.S. Solar Since 2012

Credit to Author: Guest Contributor| Date: Sun, 05 Jan 2020 18:58:58 +0000

https://emp.lbl.gov/utility-scale-solar/The utility-scale solar sector has led the overall U.S. solar market in terms of installed capacity since 2012. In 2018, the utility-scale sector accounted for nearly 60% of all new solar capacity, and is expected to maintain its market-leading position for at least another six years

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