CPUC orders utilities to take steps to prepare for heat waves
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- Apr 1, 2021 9:51 pm GMTApr 1, 2021 8:22 pm GMT
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The California Public Utilities Commission has ordered the Golden State’s three major investor-owned utilities to implement a suite of programs to decrease energy demand and increase energy supply during critical hours of the day to ensure reliability in the case of extreme heat events over the next two summers.
The March 25 order requires the utilities to collectively procure at least 1,000 megawatts of demand- and supply-side resources for this summer. As the utilities already have contracted for 500 MW in supply-side resources in response to a February 11 order, the recent order will result in them adding 500 MW in demand-side resources by this summer and boosting their total demand-side resources by nearly 1,000 MW by next summer.