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California Energy Markets / This Week
[CEM 1305 / October 17, 2014]
Draft Road Map Lays Out Actions to Address Energy Storage Barriers
With the Oct. 9 release of a draft energy-storage road map, California's three energy agencies have identified a preliminary set of actions to address numerous barriers hindering a wider deployment of energy storage. Developers and utilities have noted a lack of certainty related to products, tariffs for charging, and interconnection procedures. The road map, which will be finalized later this year, lays out numerous actions agencies can take, from defining and clarifying grid needs to identifying gaps in rate treatment.
NCPA and PG&E Negotiate Over Site for 300 MW Compressed-Air Energy Storage Project
Pacific Gas & Electric is set to begin feasibility testing for a compressed-air energy-storage project near Lodi, but a nod from the Northern California Power Agency is needed for the project to move forward. NCPA has an exclusive option on the site where PG&E wants to construct a 300 MW facility that would use air released from an underground storage reservoir for fuel. NCPA, which has its own power plants nearby, is asking for assurances that PG&E will take care of problems that may arise from the project.
FERC Accepts Cal-ISO Flexible Capacity Framework
FERC has accepted Cal-ISO's flexible resource-adequacy framework, which establishes a way to determine the need for flexible capacity for three different categories: base ramping, peak, and super-peak. The decision also directs Cal-ISO to study using imports for flexible capacity as well as incentives for flexible resources.
Marin Clean Energy Continues to Grow Local Energy Projects, Service Territory
Marin Clean Energy is making progress in its drive to spur the development of local clean-energy projects, while also expanding its service territory. The community-choice aggregator has executed an option to lease a brownfield site in Richmond for a solar project of up to 12 MW, in what would be the first MCE-owned energy project. In the nearer term, MCE is set to receive power from an expanding pool of local feed-in-tariff projects, with FIT projects totaling 6.7 MW in the queue. The CCA is also poised to roll out to unincorporated Napa County, San Pablo, and possibly El Cerrito and Benicia in 2015.
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