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California set to double down on energy conservation

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A week ago, California’s regulators announced a handful of proposals to mitigate demand issues next summer. The changes, which will be put to a vote on December 2nd, call for more procurement, demand response, and energy conservation. Specifically, it’s been recommended that the state double its load reduction compensation rate to $2 per kWh, and that it implement a $22.5 million smart thermostat incentive program. 

To me, this pair of proposals seem like the kind of low-hanging fruit where energy efficiency most thrives now. It’s a relatively low-cost, straightforward stop gap measure that buys time as the state figures out how to seriously ramp up its reliable generation. So, why not?

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The tougher question California faces moving forward is how to reduce carbon emissions without continuing to sacrifice power dependability. A logical start would be to scrap the planned retirement of the Diablo nuclear plant, which produces a whopping 23 percent of the state’s clean energy. Taking that sentiment a step further, California really should build more nuclear plants.


 

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Bob Meinetz on Nov 6, 2021

"A logical start would be to scrap the planned retirement of the Diablo nuclear plant, which produces a whopping 23 percent of the state’s clean energy. Taking that sentiment a step further, California really should build more nuclear plants."

Bravo, Henry. No matter what variety of clean energy you favor, demolishing a state-of-the-art, carbon-free, generation plant, already bought and paid for, makes no sense at all.

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