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Pacific Gas & Electric was still restoring power Oct. 11 to more than 800,000 electricity consumers it shut off due to high-fire-risk conditions, increasing public rage against an already unpopular utility and bringing regular daily life to a halt across a large swath of Northern California.

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A lack of dispatchable resources will leave the Northwest with a capacity deficit of several thousand megawatts over the next few years that could spiral into widespread outages unless a regionwide mechanism for addressing resource adequacy is developed.

The California PUC on Sept. 12 proposed a delay in once-through-cooling (OTC) compliance deadlines for natural gas-fired power plants to address what could be a capacity deficit of up to 2.5 GW in 2021-2023, and said there is a need for additional energy procurement by load-serving entities …

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Seattle City Council unanimously voted to implement an ambitious package of environmental, economic and social policies dubbed a Green New Deal.

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Higher output from hydroelectric, wind and solar resources pushed down the cost of serving wholesale load in the California ISO area by 11 percent in the second quarter, compared with the second quarter of last year, CAISO's Department of Market Monitoring said.

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Power planners across the Northwest know wind ­turbines, which account for about 14 percent of the region’s installed capacity, won’t generate much, if any, power to meet demand during heat waves. The same is generally true during winter cold snaps, when wind output plummets along with tempe…

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Battery storage would help reduce electricity demand charges most effectively for commercial customers with solar power systems and narrow, "peaky" loads, according to a new report from the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory.

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Large commercial and municipal customers of ­Portland General Electric gobbled up the first offering in the utility’s new Green Future Impact program, ­mirroring the popularity of corporate renewable energy buying ­programs around the region and the country.

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Future resource planning by Puget Sound Energy and Portland General Electric seem to signal that the long-awaited promise of Montana wind power may finally come true.

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Renewables dominated proposals submitted to Puget Sound Energy’s 2018 all-resource solicitation for new generation resources. Only a handful of natural gas resources were even submitted, according to information PSE provided to Clearing Up.

Portland General Electric could be on a major resource acquisition spree over the next few years that would ­further decarbonize the utility’s generating ­portfolio, according to the company’s 2019 integrated resource plan filed with the Oregon PUC July 19 [LC 73].

A flaw in the modeling of coal-mine reclamation costs associated with the Jim Bridger power plant has pushed back the release of PacifiCorp’s 2019 integrated resource plan from “August 1 to no later than October 18,” the utility said in a filing with the Oregon PUC.

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Members of Utah Associated Municipal Power ­Systems have inked contracts for more than 150 MW from the small modular reactor plant UAMPS plans to build at the Idaho National Laboratory, triggering ­continued work and evaluation of the project, the agency announced July 17.

A formidable jump in the price of natural gas in California ISO territory in the first quarter drove up the cost to serve wholesale load by 43 percent compared with the first quarter last year, CAISO’s market monitor said in a new report.

Electric vehicles have proliferated in Seattle, and their adoption rates are expected to increase in coming years. As part of its effort to address the infrastructure challenges and load growth this represents, Seattle City Light has launched two electric vehicle charging pilot programs as p…

All but two of Washington’s 17 eligible utilities plan to meet the current 9 percent mandate under the state’s RPS for 2019, and all but one appear to be on track to meet their two-year conservation targets, according to plans submitted to the state’s Commerce Department.

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