FERC has authorized the California grid operator to make permanent its four-year-old natural gas maximum burn constraint to avoid future shortages from continuing limits on the state’s largest gas storage facility at Aliso Canyon.
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California regulators have approved plans outlined late last year by Pacific Gas and Electric Co. (PG&E) to replace at least three Bay Area natural gas-fired peaking plants with battery storage and to add batteries at an existing gas-fired plant at Moss Landing, CA.
Among hundreds of new laws signed by Gov. Jerry Brown last month are two that continue California’s push away from natural gas-fired generation to support the state’s aggressive efforts to combat the ill effects of climate change.
Demand for natural gas from power generators may approach record highs this summer, and reserve margins are expected to be adequate in most regions, but some familiar problems could make the Southern California and Electric Reliability Council of Texas (ERCOT) areas problematic, according to FERC data released Thursday.
California regulators on Thursday took two actions to further its long-term renewable energy strategy, approving a plan to close the last major nuclear generation plant and agreeing to replace several natural gas-fired peaking units.
California regulators on Wednesday asked Pacific Gas and Electric Co. (PG&E) to determine if storage and/or other alternatives to fossil fuel could replace three natural gas-fired peaking plants.
Although the forecast for the coming winter is for above-normal temperatures and average participation, California’s grid operator is concerned about potential constraints in natural gas infrastructure, as well as limits imposed by identified power transmission maintenance and enhancement work.
With alternatives that are deemed cleaner and technically feasible, a natural gas-fired replacement generation plant along the Southern California coast is being recommended for rejection by a California Energy Commission (CEC) siting committee.
The California Independent System Operator (CAISO) has asked FERC to approve two tariff changes designed to overcome current limitations that have been caused by thelimited operations at the Aliso Canyon natural gas storage facility north of Los Angeles.
In a move that may have long-term implications for natural gas use in power generation, Portland General Electric (PGE) on Sunday officially began full participation in a real-time energy imbalance market (EIM) run by the California Independent System Operator (CAISO).