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[CEM 1450 / August 18, 2017]

More Litigation Looms as SONGS Decommissioning Mediation Fails

Attempts to agree on whether or how Southern California Edison’s late-filed ex parte contacts should affect the San Onofre Nuclear Generating Station decommissioning settlement formally broke down Aug. 15, leaving the specter of prolonged litigation at the California Public Utilities Commission and in the 9th Circuit. SONGS owners Edison and San Diego Gas & Electric said the settlement should be left as is, while non-utility parties want additional concessions in the settlement or revival of the investigatory docket that led to it.

Alternatives to Puente Gas Plant Available, but Costly, CAISO Says

The reliability needs of the Moorpark sub-area of Ventura County can be met with a combination of distributed resources and energy storage, but these would cost more than NRG Energy’s controversial plan for the 262 MW Puente gas-fired plant, the California Independent System Operator concluded this week. The study, completed outside CAISO’s normal planning process at the behest of the California Energy Commission, will be the subject of an evidentiary hearing at the CEC next month.

LADWP Approves 20 MW Battery Energy Storage Project at Beacon Site

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The Los Angeles Department of Water & Power plans to build a grid-scale 20 MW/10 MWh lithium-ion battery energy storage system at the site of the public utility’s 250 MW Beacon Solar project in Mojave, Kern County. Doosan GridTech will provide for the procurement, installation and integration of the storage system under a $19.2 million contract with LADWP. The project is part of the utility’s plan for achieving an energy-storage procurement target of 178 MW by 2021.

Also In California Energy Markets This Week . . .

  • California Continues to Lead Nation in Solar Installations
  • Southwest: APS to Install 8 MWh of Battery Storage
  • Potomac: Trade Commission Weighs Tariff Request
  • SMUD to Monetize Industry Know-How Through Partnership

       ...And Much More!

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