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California Energy Markets / This Week
[CEM 1424 / February 17, 2017]
Oroville Emergency Highlights Dam Safety, Climate Change Concerns
Heavy rainfall and damage at the Oroville Dam that nearly caused catastrophic flooding have provoked questions about whether California’s dams are safe enough to withstand similar rain events. We take a look at pre-existing damage to the dam, including previous seepage at Oroville’s emergency spillway noted by a FERC inspector.
Navajo Nation Considers Owning Coal Plant in Crisis
Navajo and Hopi officials worry how they will replace the jobs and government revenues that will disappear if the coal-fired Navajo Generating Station is closed in 2019 when its lease expires. The Navajo Nation is reviewing whether it’s feasible to take over the plant.
Cogentrix Urges CAISO to Move Fast on Flexible Capacity
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Cogentrix Energy Power Management, which owns more than 400 MW of natural gas-fired capacity in California, urged the California Independent System Operator to move fast on a flexible-capacity product. Cogentrix said many of its power plants either don’t have resource-adequacy contracts or have RA agreements that are expiring.
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