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June 24, 20213:35 PM PDTLast Updated a month ago
California approves clean energy proposal to help respond to extreme weather

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Power-generating Siemens 2.37 megawatt (MW) wind turbines are seen at the Ocotillo Wind Energy Facility California, U.S., May 29, 2020. REUTERS/Bing Guan
June 24 (Reuters) - California regulators approved on Thursday a proposal that will require utilities to buy more clean power, a measure backed by environmental groups.
Under the proposal, utilities will have to buy at least 11,500 megawatts (MW) of capacity from zero-emitting or renewable resources between 2023 and 2026, which is enough to power about 2.5 million homes.
The order will allow the state to respond better to extreme weather events and replace capacity expected to be lost from the retirement of the Diablo Canyon nuclear plant in 2024-2025 and several natural gas plants in the middle of the decade.
This is the largest capacity procurement ordered at a single time by the California Public Utilities Commission (PUC) and the largest requiring only clean resources.
The latest proposal replaced earlier drafts that were opposed by environmental groups because they called for utilities to buy up to 1,500 MW of capacity from fossil-fired generation. Natural gas is the primary fossil fuel used in California's power market.
Climate change is causing an extreme drought, record wildfires and heatwaves across the U.S. West, and has also destabilized California's electric grid along with the addition of intermittent, renewable wind and solar power in recent years.
Last summer, utilities in the Golden State imposed rotating blackouts that left over 400,000 homes and businesses without power for up to 2-1/2 hours when energy supplies ran short during a couple hot days in August.
That was just a sliver of California's nearly 40 million people, but could happen again this summer as utilities increasingly rely on renewable sources of energy as the state seeks to phase out power from carbon-emitting fuels by 2045.
Last week, the California ISO, which operates the power grid for much of the state, urged consumers to conserve energy to avoid rotating outages during a heatwave. read more
Reporting by Scott DiSavino; Editing by David Gregorio
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