Solar Power: Using Photovoltaics to Preserve California's Electricity Capacity Reserves

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Abstract

The California Power Authority (CPA) is committed to increasing the use of renewable energy supplies--such as photovoltaics and wind--as a hedge against price fluctuations of electricity and natural gas. The CPA wants to own and operate an adequate supply of reserve generation that: - Can be deployed quickly in response to severe summer peak loads, unexpected loss of base and intermediategeneration units, and failure of critical transmission facilities; - Will minimize the reliance on spot market purchases during periods when the State is most vulnerable to price gouging from private generators.
Original languageAmerican English
Number of pages4
StatePublished - 2001

NREL Publication Number

  • NREL/BR-520-31179

Keywords

  • California Power Authority
  • EE
  • energy efficiency
  • renewable energy (RE)
  • solar electricity
  • solar power

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