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    Thursday, June 08, 2017

    California Puts Brakes On Fossil Fuels

    California regulators weigh whether the state needs more power plants

    Ivan Penn, June 6, 2017 (LA Times)

    “California energy officials are, for the first time, rethinking plans to build expensive natural gas power plants in the face of an electricity glut and growing use of cleaner and cheaper energy alternatives…[The Los Angeles Department of Water and Power] has put a hold on a $2.2-billion plan to rebuild several old natural gas power plants while it studies clean energy alternatives to meet electricity demands. And the California Energy Commission may soon decide] to halt a natural gas project in Ventura County…[A Los Angeles Times investigation found] the state is operating with an oversupply of electricity, driven largely by the construction of gas-fueled generating plants, leading to higher rates. The state’s power plants are on track to be able to produce at least 21% more electricity than needed by 2020…[and] Californians are footing a $40-billion annual bill while using less electricity, paying $6.8 billion more than they did in 2008 when power use in the state was at its all-time high. Electricity consumption has since fallen and remained largely flat…” click here for more

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