SCE ramping up energy capacity in Los Angeles
Southern California Edison (SCE) received approval this week to boost generation capacity in the greater Los Angeles area.
The lengthy California Public Utilities Commission decision green lights the siting of an additional 1,400 to 1,800 MW of power in the region. The ruling mandates SCE to source between 1,000 and 1,200 MW of any new generation from gas-fired power. Another 200 MW of generation must come from a combination of energy storage, distributed generation, demand response and energy-efficiency programs. The ruling dates back to a 2001 provision requiring the state's investor-owned utilities to uphold their electricity procurement responsibilities.
"Today's decision begins the hard work of rebuilding antiquated electric infrastructure in and around Los Angeles," said CPUC Commissioner Mike Florio. "Going forward, SCE's customers will not be solely reliant on a fossil fueled electric supply."
Commissioner Carla J. Peterman called it an important step toward increasing reliability and working toward energy-efficiency programs and alternative sources of generation.
With the first regulatory hurdle out of the way, SCE must now file applications for each new contract related to the ruling.
"Southern California Edison will immediately begin planning for the preparation of the required procurement plan for Energy Division approval and is committed to meeting its Local Capacity Requirements in a timely and cost-effective manner consistent with the State's emphasis on preferred resources," said SCE Spokesman Paul Klein.
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