California's Electricity Market - 2018/2019
- Jan 4, 2019 5:46 pm GMT
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Generation in 2018
California's electricity market(CAISO) made good,steady progress in 2018 towards a lower carbon future. Hydro generation across the state returned to a slightly below normal number but this lost generation was replaced by increased generation from renewables and an overall reduction in demand. Natural gas, nuclear and imports were basically flat Y-Y.
Renewable Generation Capacity
As seen in the above chart, renewable generation increased by an average of 14GWh/day in 2018 vs 2017 and has increased by about 60GWh/day since 2014.
This is mainly due to new solar installations across the state. CAISO currently has about 22.6GW of renewable capacity available. Utility scale renewable resources are increasing by about 1-2 GW per year in California.
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