A massive rebuilding project at the Haynes Generating Station in Long Beach is on schedule, says the Los Angeles Department of Water and Power.
DWP must by law stop using ocean water to cool its coastal power plants. General Manager Ron Nichols emphasizes that the new turbines, moved into place this month, can quickly adjust output to meet power demand.
Nichols says it's good to have that kind of flexibility when the DWP is increasing its renewable energy and counting on more energy efficiency from consumers.
"But we don't control the time of day that they use that energy," he added. "We don't control when the wind blows, but we take that energy whenever it comes. We don't control exactly when the sun is its most intense, so that ramps up and down. We have to have a system that reacts to that."
Another new piece of that system, the 10-megawatt Adelanto solar project, is ahead of schedule.
The LADWP announced a few days ago that, this summer, Adelanto will start delivering enough energy to power 3,300 homes a year. The utility's also getting its fiscal ducks in a row, preparing a draft budget — a good indicator of possible rate hikes — for release later this spring.