California PUC to consider Nevada Hydro complaint at Feb. 12 meeting

The California Public Utilities Commission is scheduled at its Feb. 12 meeting to look at a recommended decision from an administrative law judge to reject a complaint from Nevada Hydro over Southern California Edison‘s decision not to take power from its pumped storage hydro project.

This Nevada Hydro complaint, filed last September, is in a case where Southern California Edison is lining up new capacity through a request for offers (RFO) to replace about 2,200 MW of capacity from the recently-retired San Onofre Nuclear Generating Station (SONGS).

Nevada Hydro plans a 500-MW advanced pumped storage facility in Lake Elsinore in Riverside County, California, known as LEAPS. LEAPS would be located approximately 20 miles from the retired SONGS facility, but not in the West LA sub-area. Nevada Hydro stated that on Jan. 6, 2014, it was notified by Southern California Edison that the LEAPS proposal was “non-conforming because the interconnection is not in the LA Basin or Moorpark as required by the RFO.”

Southern California Edison (SCE) claims that Nevada Hydro provides no cause of action because the utility is following the commission’s procurement directives.

The ALJ recommends rejection of the Nevada Hydro complaint for several reasons, including: “Nevada Hydro’s argument that SCE must consider LEAPS in its RFO simply because it is the closest large pumped storage facility to the West LA sub-area is not supported by law or Commission policy.”

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