Electricity in California

Electricity in California
Electricity in California
Table 12 Shows forecasts for the non-coincident peak demand in California between 2012 and 2024 based on CEC analysis. From a peak demand in 2012 of 59,811MW, the non-coincident peak is expected to rise to 63,413MW in 2015, 67,550MW in 2024 and 70,475MW in 2024. The high demand scenario would see peak demand reach 74,278MW by 2024, while under the low demand scenario it would rise to 66,445MW.
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Summary

This report serves as an overview of the electricity market in California. It contains power supply data covering production, imports and exports and the main production sources and includes power demand data by market sector and tariff data. The report provides an overview of the structure of the electricity sector with government and private sector companies as well as the regulatory status. Also included are power demand forecasts and the development of the power sector to meet expected growth as well as transmission system expansion plans

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

  • California is an energy rich state with significant oil reserves, limited natural gas reserves, but no coal.
  • Oil reserves were recently put at 3,005m barrels (bbls), around 11% of the US total.
  • Reserves of natural gas in California were recently estimated to be 83bn m3, less than one percent of the US total.
  • 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.
  • 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

  • How does California generate its electricity?
  • What is the status of the national electricity market?
  • What are the key developments in electricity infrastructure?
  • Who are the key players in market?
  • What are the future prospects for investment in California?

Key Benefits

  • 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?

Date Published / Pages / Format

April 2014 / 38 / PDF