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U.S. Energy Department Approves California Emergency Grid Order

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The U.S. Energy Department approved an emergency order that will allow the California grid operator to quickly connect additional natural-gas fired generators by relaxing air-pollution requirements in an effort to avoid blackouts as the state faces extreme weather. 

Th California Independent System Operator will be able to test and operate six new and existing units that can generate 200 megawatts at maximum capacity “notwithstanding air quality and other permit limitations,” according to the Energy Department order granted on Friday. The order is in effect until Nov. 9 and comes in response to Governor Gavin Newsom’s move to procure more power supply as scorching heat, drought conditions and wildfires threaten reliable grid operations.