Temporary Emergency Power Generators Used for First Time to Support Statewide Energy Grid During Heat Wave

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DWR has deployed four momentary electricity generator models like these, at two internet sites in Northern California: two right here photo in Roseville and two in Yuba Town. With a opportunity to position 120 Megawatts to the grid in minutes, it can potentially staying away from rolling outages.

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SACRAMENTO, Calif. – This night, the California Independent Method Operator (ISO) requested the activation of short term emergency electricity generators deployed by the Section of Water Sources (DWR) in Roseville and Yuba Metropolis. In overall, the four turbines can supply up to 120 megawatts (MW) of energy to the statewide ability grid through intense heat functions like we are enduring these days. That is more than enough energy to electric power up to 120,000 residences. This was the initially time that the generators were being activated considering that they ended up mounted very last yr.

DWR alongside with its vitality associates at ISO and the California Electricity Fee put this approach into movement subsequent Governor Newsom’s executive get in July 2021. We ended up in a position to deploy these models quickly and have them all set for any extraordinary heat events, wildfires, or other local climate-pushed strength emergencies.

“DWR has been scheduling for this instant for months and we’re very pleased of our part in safeguarding the statewide energy grid. We are carrying out every little thing possible to help keep the lights on and the air conditioning running so tens of millions of Californians can remain risk-free and nutritious for the duration of this extreme warmth event,” stated Karla Nemeth, DWR Director.  

The non permanent crisis power turbines are powered by organic gas and are outfitted with Selective Catalytic Reduction (SCR) methods to decrease emissions and limit air excellent impacts. The application is made to assistance a changeover to a clean up electricity potential and is non permanent in nature.

In addition to the 120 MW of era from the temporary emergency energy turbines, DWR has coordinated with PG&E and Southern California Edison to procure, install, and work dozens of backup generators to be operated only through a stage 2 ability emergency, as declared by ISO. These backup generators are found in Northern California and Southern California and can deliver up to an added 80 MW of electricity into the statewide grid.

DWR is also building the Strategic Trustworthiness Infrastructure Assets software authorised in June as aspect of the state’s Strategic Electrical energy Trustworthiness Reserve. Plans beneath the Reserve will outcome in a assorted set of backup electrical energy sources to act as an insurance policy for all utilities and balancing regions in the point out as they address this problem alongside with of more and more frequent and extreme climate-pushed activities and provide chain and related troubles around the coming decades.

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Far more data on DWR’s electricity technology program at https://drinking water.ca.gov/What-We-Do/Electricity

Make contact with:

Ryan Endean, Public Affairs Office, Division of H2o Methods

(916) 820-8088 | [email protected]