California Demands 3.3GW of New Resources as Grid Shortfall Looms

By [email protected] California regulators have approved a 3.3-gigawatt “all-source” procurement that will pit new renewables, energy storage, demand response and other clean resources against natural gas-fired power plants in a race to meet what could be a major shortfall in grid capacity in the next four years.

Thursday’s decision from the California Public Utilities Commission sets the stage for every utility, community choice aggregator (CCA) and third-party direct access (DA) provider in the state to secure a share of resources needed to keep the grid running during times of peak demand.

The all-source procurement is technically open to existing natural gas plants. But

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