California rejects gas peaker plant, seeks clean energy alternatives

California rejects gas peaker plant, seeks clean energy alternatives

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California regulator rejects proposal to refurbish a gas peaking plant, paving the way for a solar plus storage solution instead.

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Critics of Southern California Edison’s (SCE) Ellwood Peaker Plant are hailing the California Public Utilities Commission’s (CPUC) decision to reject unanimously a taxpayer-funded refurbishment of the plant, saying it affords the utility an opportunity to put more solar+storage into operation.

The CPUC also indicated that they would like to re-evaluate its approval of another gas peaker plant that has yet to be built.

“At this time, absent very compelling circumstances, we should be directing all of our investments in infrastructure and energy to clean energy resources,” said Clifford Rechtschaffen, one of the commissioners. “The proposed refurbishment is not a good use of ratepayer dollars.”

During the CPUC’s deliberations, the Clean Coalition, a non-profit organization whose mission is to accelerate the transition to renewable energy and a modern grid through technical, policy, and project development expertise, submitted its own analysis that it says proves solar+storage could replace the Ellwood gas plant at a far lower cost than refurbishing the older plant.

To provide a turn-key option for the CPUC to consider, the group has proffered a feed-in tariff (FIT) that includes a market responsive pricing mechanism to ensure maximum savings for ratepayers, as well as an energy-storage incentive.

“The Clean Coalition’s FIT is designed to procure and deploy cost-effective renewables and energy storage much more quickly than auctions, which are sometimes burdened by excessive preparation requirements, transaction costs and failure rates,” said Craig Lewis, executive director of the Clean Coalition.

“A well-designed FIT will bring cost-effective renewables and energy storage online well ahead of the 2020 need for these resources in the Ellwood plant service area.”

The CPUC made its decision at its Sept. 28 meeting.

Source: PV Mag. Reproduced with permission.

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  1. Joe 3 years ago

    California….the Trump is not feeling the love here.

    • RobSa 3 years ago

      Your comment was too odd. Paid shills away! Reputation build up tactic on display.

      • MP 3 years ago

        in America any news Trump doesn’t like is “Fake News”

        • RobSa 3 years ago

          Great cover story. We aren’t in America. Why come to a smaller website and go to the trouble of finding a meme? If you made the effort to do that by yourself, why didn’t you include an explanation of your meme? You came here to build your reputation so that in the future you will have more credibility when you go off-track and on to the paid narrative.

          all of our investments in infrastructure and energy to clean energy resources

          • MP 3 years ago

            “We aren’t in America.”

            Um some of us are, internet connects people from around the planet.

            The article is about an American state, thought I could interject humor… didn’t realize people couldn’t understand, especially after Joe’s comment.

            *Nice job trying to call everyone out (eye roll (explanation for your benefit)). Memes take minimal effort with google search, by the way.

          • RobSa 3 years ago

            If I am wrong. I don’t care. Legitimacy cannot be proven anyway.

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