Improper email delays key vote on PG&E’s bankruptcy plan
Thursday, 21 May 2020, 19:10:04
California power regulators have unexpectedly delayed a key vote on Pacific Gas & Electric’s plan for getting out of bankruptcy
— ABC News
PG&E’s Plan to Mitigate Blackouts This Wildfire Season: Lots More Diesel Generators
Thursday, 21 May 2020, 13:58:00
Pacific Gas & Electric is turning to a decidedly low-tech solution to keep its customers’ lights on for this year’s coming fire season: mobile diesel generators. The bankrupt utility is struggling to secure its grid from causing more deadly wildfires, and has been stymied in attempts to set up natural gas-backed microgrids to power substations during fire-prevention blackouts. But California regulators are adamant that PG&E find a more permanent and less costly and polluting backup plan in the years ahead — even if it’s not clear yet what form it may take. On June 11, the California Public Utilities Commission plans to vote on a proposed decision that would greenlight PG&E’s plan to secure up to 450 megawatts of mobile generators to back up communities during public safety power outage events this summer and fall. PG&E’s “Temporary Generation Plan” is a major expansion from its use of mobile generators last year, when forced switch-off events blacked out millions of Northern California residents, some for days at a time.
— Green Technology (Feed)
California utility PG&E seeks approval for 423MW of four-hour duration battery storage
Thursday, 21 May 2020, 08:26:00
Utility PG&E has asked the California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC) for approval of five large-scale battery projects, each with four-hours duration, that will take the investor-owned utility (IOU) past 1,000MW of battery energy storage in its service area.
— Energy Storage News
Vistra, LS Power Top Winners in PG&E’s 420MW Energy Storage Procurement
Tuesday, 19 May 2020, 17:14:00
Pacific Gas & Electric has asked California regulators to approve seven battery projects totaling 423 megawatts, or nearly 1.7 gigawatt-hours of energy storage capacity, to meet its share of a statewide procurement that must be brought online by late next year to assure statewide grid stability. PG&E’s 2020 System Reliability Request for Offers, filed Monday with the California Public Utilities Commission, represents a huge new addition to the utility’s battery fleet to meet the state’s resource adequacy (RA) needs starting in 2021. It’s the second major procurement from a California utility meant to comply with the CPUC’s order for 3.3 gigawatts of carbon-free resources to help meet grid reliability needs that will arise when four natural gas-fired power plants retire next year to reduce their environmental harm to coastal waters. PG&E’s portfolio of new battery projects isn’t the biggest one meant to make up for those power plants, whose retirement has already been delayed by a year to allow clean energy replacement resources to be brought online.
— Green Technology (Feed)
California wildfire victims back PG&E’s bankruptcy plan
Monday, 18 May 2020, 21:25:00
Pacific Gas & Electric’s plan for getting out of bankruptcy has won overwhelming support from the victims of deadly Northern California wildfires ignited by…