Calif. Bill would protect POU gas plants

April 4, 2018 by CaliforniaCarbon.info

(Source:RTO Insider) Bill sponsor Steven Bradford (D) said that SB 1110“protects individual customers of a public utility from extraordinary cost shifts” stemming from POUs’ outstanding debt for natural gas plants built in response to the Western Energy Crisis of 2000/01. Supported by the Northern California Power Agency, the bill was passed unanimously by the Energy, Utility and Communications committee and now goes to the Appropriations Committee for consideration.Under existing law, POUs are subject to California’s ambitious renewable portfolio standard (RPS) that requires them to meet 50% of their electricity needs with renewable generation by 2030 (escalating from 33% by 2020, 40% by 2024, and 45% by 2027). But unlike the state’s investor-owned utilities, POUs are authorized to adopt measures allowing for delay of timely compliance and set cost limitations for procuring renewables. Read full article…

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