CAISO backs PG&E clean energy plan for Oakland

“PG&E received CAISO approval for its Oakland Clean Energy Initiative (OCEI) March 22. The utility said it will soon open a two-month request-for-proposals process for providers of distributed energy resources to propose storage and efficiency solutions that would provide 20 to 45 MW “of clean energy resources.”

CAISO has a reliability-must-run contract with Dynegy, which owns the 165-MW Oakland Energy Facility at in Oakland, near Jack London Square, to purchase power during peak periods. CAISO in early 2017 said retirement of the 40-year-old plant, which began operating in 1978, presents a risk to local transmission reliability. It said it would look at alternatives, including a new fossil fuel-powered plant, additional transmission lines, or a clean energy portfolio.”

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