June 13, 2024

California Department of Water Resources (CDWR)

Calif. Officials ‘Cautiously Optimistic’ on Summer Reliability

State energy officials are “cautiously optimistic” about maintaining grid reliability during the upcoming summer, with California poised to benefit from above-normal snowpack and precipitation coupled with the probability of mild conditions in its coastal regions.

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Developers Urge New Target for Pacific Offshore Wind
Developers of floating offshore wind are calling on the California Public Utilities Commission to increase procurement targets to 10 GW by 2035.
EIA: Western Hydro Output Hit 22-year Low Last Year
Despite record winter precipitation in California, hydroelectric generation in the Western U.S. fell to a 22-year low in the 2022/23 water year, largely due to drought conditions in Washington and Oregon.
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California to Keep Old Gas Plants Operating for Reliability
The California Energy Commission agreed to keep three old, environmentally damaging gas-fired plants operating along the coast for grid reliability, despite an outpouring of opposition.
California Governor's Office
Newsom Stresses Role of Permitting in California Energy Transition
California Gov. Gavin Newsom has bold words for transitioning to clean energy, including on permitting, but his plan lacks some specifics.
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California Governor Seeks Central Procurement Authority
California's governor has proposed legislation that could give the Department of Water Resources central procurement authority to ensure resource adequacy.
UC Berkeley Central Sierra Snow Lab
California Storms Alleviate Drought, Damage Grid
After three weeks of torrential rains from a series of atmospheric river storms, California is starting to dry out with replenished reservoirs and snowpack.
California Storms Fill Reservoirs, Build Snowpack
A series of storms have started to fill depleted hydroelectric reservoirs and build deep snowpack in California while also causing power outages and flooding.
California Energy Commission
California to Pass Sweeping Energy Policy Changes
Gov. Gavin Newsom was expected to sign legislation that would expedite permitting for new generation storage and possibly extend the life of aging gas plants.
California Department of Water Resources
California Faces Third Straight Drought Year
The latest forecast from the state Department of Water Resources warns Californians to prepare for a third consecutive year of drought because of low snowpack.

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