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Modesto, Turlock districts keep producing power in heat wave but face record temps, demand

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The Modesto and Turlock irrigation districts, which provide electricity to nearly all of the homes, businesses, schools and other consumers in Stanislaus County, continue to power through the prolonged heat wave.

Spokeswomen for both districts in Tuesday emails thanked their customers for conserving and urged them to keep at it, especially from 4 to 9 p.m. The two districts have about 230,000 customers.

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California’s grid operator moves to enhance reliability, economic prospects for utility-scale energy storage

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To accommodate the storage needed to ensure grid reliability as renewable energy grows,  the operator of California’s electricity system is working to improve how it models energy storage to facilitate market participation and increase payments to storage providers. The California Independent System Operator also is revising its model to ensure that large battery projects that are directed specifically to help protect grid frequency do so as instructed.

“There is a great fleet of storage resources that have made a meaningful impact on grid reliability,” Gabe Murtaugh, California Independent System’s storage manager, said during a July 7 workshop on model improvements. “We need to roll up our sleeves” and improve the existing model or introduce a new one, he told stakeholders.

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California Getting Back Into Energy Business to Save Wobbly Grid

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California is getting back into the electricity business to help shore up its shaky power grid.

The California legislature passed a measure late Wednesday that will give a state agency the authority to finance or buy power from any generator—including natural gas-fired plants—that can help prevent blackouts. The bill still requires the signature of Governor Gavin Newsom.

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PG&E reduces scope of planned outages set to begin tonight

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The following is a press release from Pacific Gas and Electric Co.:

Pacific Gas and Electric Company (PG&E) will de-energize certain electrical lines for safety over the course of this evening (Wednesday, Oct. 21) as part of a Public Safety Power Shutoff (PSPS). PG&E is calling a PSPS due to a high-wind event combined with low humidity and severely dry vegetation, that together create high risk of catastrophic wildfires.

Due changes in the weather forecast, the number of customers expected to be impacted has decreased by 31 percent. The PSPS event will affect approximately 37,000 customers in targeted portions of 15 counties.

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More power shutoffs probable: some Plumas residents impacted

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PG&E announced that high fire-risk conditions are expected to arrive Wednesday evening, Oct. 21 in Northern California and continue through Friday morning, Oct. 24, impacting 50,000 people in 19 counties including 353 in Plumas County as of now.

Sheriff Todd Johns said that those customers include residents in the La Porte/Little Grass Valley Reservoir areas, but that could change.

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According to PG&E, the weather will impact the shutoffs primarily in the following areas:

  • Northern Sacramento Valley and adjacent elevated terrain;
  • The Northern Sierra Nevada generally north of I-80;
  • The North Bay mountains; and
  • Mt. Diablo in the East Bay.

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Why solar homes also go dark during California’s blackout

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When wind-driven wildfires whip across California, some homeowners with solar systems might assume they’ll still have electricity if the utility company cuts power to prevent blazes sparked by damaged equipment.

But they’d be wrong.

“It’s sort of a natural assumption that people would think this … and it’s hard to break through that,” said Brad Heavner, policy director for the California Solar & Storage Association.

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On Monday, PG&E announced that it might shut power off in a number of Californian counties on Wednesday, following a forecasted high wind event which could increase the risk of wildfires. Today, PG&E has released a list that suggests that more than 300,000 customers could be affected.

PG&E released a list of counties in California that could face a potential public safety power shutdown beginning tomorrow (Wednesday) morning. The list states that an estimated 302,992 PG&E customers could be affected.

The list will be updated with the times of the planned shutdown in each county when PG&E decides whether or not it will go ahead with the power shut off. Currently, the utility company is urging customers to prepare for an outage that could last several days.

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PG&E says 605,000 customers to lose power in 29 Northern California counties starting early Tuesday

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Pacific Gas & Electric says it will go forward with another round of power shut-offs in 29 Northern California counties to prevent powerful winds from damaging equipment and sparking fires.

PG&E says the latest planned blackout will affect 605,000 customers — about 1.5 million people — starting early Tuesday.

It’s unclear how many of the more than 2 million still without power amid the current shut-off will have it restored before the next round of outages.

The announcement comes as crews battle a huge wildfire in Sonoma County wine country that has destroyed 96 buildings.

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Rep. Josh Harder slams PG&E for California blackouts in floor speech

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Rep. Josh Harder, D-Turlock, slammed the utility company PG&E for their widespread blackouts in California while giving executives bonuses in a floor speech on October 23, 2019.

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California Fire: 500,000 May Lose Power in Another Round of Blackouts

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Gov. Gavin Newsom of California declared a state of emergency on Sunday, saying the high winds that have been fueling the blazes in the state were “unprecedented” and pleading with people in evacuation zones to flee.

The Kincade fire, the largest of more than a dozen wildfires now active up and down the state, has burned more than 54,298 acres since Wednesday night in Sonoma County, north of San Francisco, and was only 5 percent contained as of Sunday night. Local authorities have ordered more than 180,000 people to evacuate from its path.

“We are deploying every resource available, and are coordinating with numerous agencies as we continue to respond to these fires,” Mr. Newsom said, noting that more than 3,000 firefighters were battling the Kincade fire alone.
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