News Clips

July 2, 2019

News Clips

California has too much solar power. That might be good for ratepayers  By Sammy Roth, LA Times, June 5, 2019

In the spring California can have too much power generation, so solar power generators are being curtailed.  But research suggests that throwing away some solar power is cheaper than investing in enough batteries to capture it all.

Agency’s effort to retire Oakland power plant moves forward  By J.D. Morris, SF Chronicle, June 5, 2019

The EBCE board approved a contract to replace a polluting power plant near Jack London Square with an 80-megawatt-hour battery installation.  EBCE signed a 10-year storage contract with Vistra, which acquired the Oakland plant in 2018 as part of its merger with the facility’s prior owner, Dynegy.

Wholesale power sales to California’s Community Choice Aggregators up 114% in Q1  By Jeffrey Ryser, S&P, June 17, 2019

Wholesale power sales in California in the first quarter of 2019 revealed the strengthening shift in sales to Community Choice Aggregators.  EBCE was the #2 buyer, with 1.77 million MWh, trailing only the Clean Power Alliance of Los Angeles and Ventura Counties.

More Wind & Solar Electricity Coming to East Bay Power Customers  By Matt Bigler, KCBS Radio, June 24, 2019

One of the dirtiest power plants in the Bay Area will soon be replaced with a clean, energy storage facility at Jack London Square. As KCBS Radio’s Matt Bigler reports from Oakland it’s all part of East Bay Community Energy’s Plan to deliver 200 megawatts of renewable energy to local power customers.

Oakland to Swap Jet Fuel-Burning Peaker Plant for Urban Battery  By Julian Spector, Green Tech Media, June 26, 2019

The deal with Vistra will be the largest standalone storage facility contracted for a community choice aggregator in California.

What Comes Next After Batteries Replace Gas Peakers?  By Julian Spector, Green Tech Media, July 1, 2019

Peaker replacement by battery storage has begun in California.  Building out conventional storage, standalone or paired with solar plants, during the coming decade should get the state to its interim target of 60 percent renewable power by 2030.  The 2030 to 2040 timeframe is a little bit more challenging and we don’t necessarily have the right solution identified just yet. As such, power providers have to keep assessing the state of long duration storage technologies that could work for their portfolios, and making lots of smaller bets over time to ride the wave of technological improvement.