A new study by the California Independent System Operator Corporation (ISO) on renewables portfolio standard (RPS) encourage maintaining a diverse fleet of power plants and taking advantage of the complementary nature of wind and solar. The ISO study, Integration of Renewable Resources—Operational Requirements and Generation Fleet Capability at 20% RPS forecasts California will add 2,246 megawatts of solar and 6,686 megawatts of wind resources by 2012.
Tampa Electric is participating in two Department of Energy funded demonstration projects. In the first, Tampa Electric has partnered with Siemens for a project at the utility’s Big Bend Power Station to capture CO2 emissions from conventional coal-fired power plants using a green tech solution developed by Siemens.
The California Independent System Operator Corporation (ISO) now receives eight megawatts of solar power from a new photovoltaic farm near Boulder City, Nevada using an arrangement called a “pseudo-tie” that allows power plants located outside the California ISO to deliver electricity as if the generator was located in, or directly connected to, the ISO.