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California Energy Markets / This Week
[CEM 1354 / October 2, 2015]
Parties Blast Sempra's Plan for $621M Pipeline
Ratepayer advocates argue that a plan from Sempra utilities to build a 63-mile natural gas pipeline may simply aim to supply Sempra's Costa Azul natural gas liquefaction project in Mexico. The groups also contend that the utilities ignored potential operational and tariff tools that they could use instead of the pipeline and failed to consider alternative options. The Sempra utilities counter that the pipeline would increase gas supply to meet peak demand, maintain reliability, and avoid curtailment of gas to customers.
Launch of CleanPowerSF Delayed Due to Contract Approvals, Business Review
The San Francisco Public Utilities Commission is delaying by six weeks or more the expected service launch of the city's community choice aggregation program, CleanPowerSF The delay is due to a longer-than-anticipated approval process for electricity-supply contracts and the need for more rigorous business review. CCA supporters are concerned the slipping schedule could prove beneficial to incumbent utility Pacific Gas & Electric, which is readying the launch of its own green-energy program.
FERC Approves Preferred Licensing Track for San Vicente Hydro Project
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The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission has granted the use of a traditional licensing process for a proposal to build a pumped-hydroelectric storage project of up to 500 MW at the San Vicente Dam and Reservoir near San Diego. The San Diego County Water Authority and the City of San Diego, the project applicants, sought FERC's approval of the TLP, asserting it would be the "least expensive and most productive" option. The approval provides the project with a path forward for submitting a final license application.
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