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Electricity in California


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Executive summary of Electricity in California
Electricity in California - Within the electricity sector in Calfornia, the transmission system needs reinforcing and reconfiguring - to manage flows of renewable power from regions that did not support large generating capacity in the past, such as the southern desert regions. Current in-state generation is dominated by natural gas fired plants, but there is massive solar potential and solar capacity, based on both solar photovoltaic and solar thermal, is growing rapidly. Deregulation of the electricity sector in 1996 led to major instability within this system in 2000 and 2001, but new measures introduced soon afterwards appear to have stabilized market operations now.
California is the third largest state in the USA, and the state with the largest population, while the state GDP is equivalent to that of the Russian Federation or Italy. California has significant oil reserves and small quantities of natural gas, but is a net importer of both. California also has extensive renewable resources including hydropower, solar power, geothermal reservoirs, wind and biomass. At the forefront of the drive to reduce greenhouse gas emissions, the state government has established a renewable portfolio target of 33% renewable generation by 2020, and the three biggest utilities have already reached 20%. However, achieving the 2020 target will mean both building more renewable capacity within the state, and importing from outside. California is already the largest importer of power from other states, and imports could potentially rise.
Key features of this report
• An overview of the electricity market in California.
• Power supply data covering production, imports and exports and the main production sources.
• Power demand data by market sector and tariff data.
• An overview of the structure of the electricity sector with government and private sector companies as well as the regulatory status.
• Power demand forecasts and the development of the power sector to meet expected growth.
• Transmission system expansion plans.
Key benefits from reading this report
What are the key energy resources in California for power production.
How is the country overcoming the effects of power shortage?
What are the key developments in electricity infrastructure?
Who are the key players in market?
What are the investment opportunities in the country?
Key Market Issues in Electricity in California
This report is a State Profile, covering:-
Power generation capacity by fuel input
Electricity networks
Current power market trends
Generation growth
Investment opportunities
Future project plans
Key findings of this report
1.California is an energy rich state with significant oil reserves, limited natural gas reserves, but no coal.
2.Oil reserves were recently put at 3,005m barrels (bbls), around 11% of the US total.
3.Reserves of natural gas in California were recently estimated to be 83bn m3, less than one percent of the US total.
4.The installed capacity in California is generated from plants exploiting a range of different technologies. This includes a small coal-fired capacity, 426MW, which is provided by a number of plants, the largest of which is just over 100MW in capacity.
5.The California transmission and distribution system is owned and maintained by the 75 load serving entities that deliver power to consumers. The transmission system itself is managed by the California ISO.
Key questions answered by this report
1.How does California generate its electricity?
2.What is the status of the national electricity market?
3.What are the key developments in electricity infrastructure?
4.Who are the key players in market?
5.What are the future prospects for investment in California?
Key areas covered by the report
Key products/categories profiled:
Electricity in California – State profile of power sector, market trends and investment opportunities
Key regions/countries covered:
USA - California
Who this report is for
Power utility strategists, energy analysts, research managers, power sector manufacturers, power developers, investors in renewables systems and infrastructure, renewable energy developers, energy/power planning managers, energy/power development managers, governmental organisations, system operators, companies investing in renewable power infrastructure and generation, investment banks, infrastructure developers and investors, intergovernmental lenders, energy security analysts.
Why buy Electricity in California
• To utilise in-depth assessment and analysis of the current and future technological and market state of power, carried out by an industry expert with 30 years in the power generation industry.
• Use cutting edge information and data.
• Use the highest level of research carried out. expert analysis to say what is happening in the market and what will happen next.
• Have the 'what if' questions answered.
• Save time and money by having top quality research done for you at a low cost.
Research methodology
Secondary research
This has been conducted by Paul Breeze – an energy specialist for 30 years. He has gathered together an unique set of studies and research papers. In all, the report cites up to 10 separate sources.
Report Details
Report Title
Electricity in California
Report Subtitle
State profile of power sector, market trends and investment opportunities
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Publication Date
April 2014
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