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Water Reliability and Renewable Energy Overgeneration

The issue of renewable energy integration and overgeneration is square and center in California. The California System Operator (CAISO) along with other state regulators have studied or commissioned third-party studies to evaluate both the scope of overgeneration and means to … Continue reading

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What is Business-As-Usual? Projecting Greenhouse Gas Emissions at the Regional Level

Projecting greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions is important because it helps us to assess how much the energy and GHG policies in place help to achieve targets set by law. For example, if we apply California’s AB32 target to the San … Continue reading

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Half-Empty Planes: Utilization Rates for California’s Electric Grid Part II

In Part I of this post, we discussed the concept of asset utilization — or load factor — and looked at recent trends for California’s investor-owned utilities (IOU). The trend over the past two decades for IOU load factors has been … Continue reading

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Half-Empty Planes: Utilization Rates for California’s Electric Grid Part I

The electric grid is designed to handle the highest demand expected in a given period, commonly referred to as peak demand. Depending on many factors, the time needed for peak demand and period of high demand approaching peak can be … Continue reading

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How can Demand Response (DR) resources be compensated at the retail level in light of the D.C. Circuit Ruling on FERC Order No. 745?

On a January 21, 2015, former Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) Chair Jon Wellinghoff participated in a webinar produced by the Advanced Energy Economy entitled Order 745 and the Future of Demand Response: An Interview with former FERC Chairman Jon … Continue reading

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Load Factor

Load factor is the ratio of average demand to peak demand, typically measured in megawatts (MW) on a system wide level. It is a useful metric to show how much of the entire electric delivery system capacity is being used … Continue reading

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