California regulators edge away from gas peaker plants

Gas peaking plants are in the crosshairs in California — targets of scrutiny from legislators and regulators alike.

Last month, California lawmakers passed SB 338, which would mandate that utilities develop carbon-free alternatives to gas generation for meeting peak demand in their integrated resource plans. The bill awaits an expected signature from Gov. Jerry Brown (D).

In the meantime, California regulators and energy stakeholders are debating pending proposals for gas peaker plant upgrades. On Thursday, regulators adopted ALJ DeAngelis’ proposed ruling, striking down a plan to upgrade the 1970s-era Ellwood plant and add a 0.5 MW battery.

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