Rothschild – unreliable renewables and deploys more Lithium Ion Batteries

Dive Brief:

  • Industry players in California are planning to create a 550 MW distributed clean power plant, based off a network of hundreds of thousands of California homes and the millions of smart devices within. The power plant will serve both as a model for the clean energy grid of the future, as well as a way to reduce the risk of blackouts next summer, according to OhmConnect CEO Cisco DeVries.
  • Meanwhile, Southern California Edison has signed contracts for an additional 590 MW of battery energy storage in a bid to boost electric system reliability, bringing the amount of battery storage it has procured to more than 2 GW, the utility announced Monday.
  • “It’s paramount that we achieve full reliability,” California Energy Commission Chair David Hochschild said at a press conference announcing the virtual power plant Monday, especially given the state’s push to electrify vehicles, rails and buildings, now that 40 cities in the state have adopted some form of an electrification preference or mandate for new construction.

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The focus on bolstering grid reliability in California comes in light of the possibility of capacity shortfalls over the next few years, as well as rolling blackouts that affected the state this August during a record-breaking heatwave. 

The state is taking a number of actions to promote reliability, Hochschild said, including a tenfold increase in the amount of energy storage going online next year, new efficiency and load management standards and procuring more clean energy resources.

“There’s not one silver bullet here — it’s really silver buckshot,” Hochschild said, adding that the planned distributed clean power plant is an important piece of that.

SCE’s storage procurements are also part of a broader reliability solution. 

SCE kicked off a bid for system reliability resources last year following a California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC) decision requiring the utility to procure nearly 1.2 GW of capacity that could come online between 2021 and 2023. The utility’s own analysis has indicated that the state needs to add 30 GW of utility-scale storage and 10 GW of distributed storage to meet its carbon goals. 

Earlier this year, SCE announced plans to procure a package of battery resources totaling 770 MW/3,080 MWh, as part of that effort to address potential capacity shortfalls in the state, especially as several gas plants are slated to retire over the next few years. 

The new slate of contracts includes three utility-scale lithium-ion battery projects, totaling 585 MW as well as a 5 MW demand response project that will draw energy from customer-owned storage resources. 

“Bringing more utility-scale battery storage resources online will improve the reliability of the grid and further the integration of renewable generation resources, like wind and solar, into the grid,” said William Walsh, vice president of energy procurement and management at SCE, in a press release.

All the projects are subject to CPUC approval and are scheduled to come online by August 2022 and 2023. 

The 550 MW distributed power plant, meanwhile, is being developed by Sidewalk Infrastructure Partners along with OhmConnect, and is slated to be the largest distributed clean power plant in North America. The plant could provide 5 GWh of energy conservation at scale, the equivalent of not burning 3.8 million pounds of coal, the companies say. 

Following the August blackouts, California regulators identified demand response measures as an important tool to prevent similar outages in the future; between Aug. 13 and Aug. 20, OhmConnect was able to reduce energy usage by nearly one GWh, and compensated customers $1 million to do so.

Although federal and state policies make it clear that a reduction in a kWh is the same as the production of a kWh and should be treated the same in the market, it’s been hard to translate that into a utility-scale, reliable format, DeVries said at the press conference. 

And OhmConnect doesn’t think this is just a California phenomenon — they’re planning to do some work in Texas next year, and eventually see how the technology can be spread across the country, especially where more renewables are coming online and grid operators are facing the challenges of intermittency and changing weather.

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Rothschild – Testifying Experience Utility Regulations Electric, Gas, Telephone, Sewer, Water

Rothschild – Testifying Experience Utility Regulations Electric, Gas, Telephone, Sewer, Water 
Throughout the United States . . .
Qualification and Occupation
James A. Rothschild is a financial consultant specializing in utility regulation.  He has experience in the regulation of electric, gas, telephone, sewer, and water utilities throughout the United States.  

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ROTHSCHILD: Adaptation to Climate Change: A Review of Challenges and Tradeoffs in Six Areas: Journal of the American Planning Association: Vol 76, No 4

Adaptation to Climate Change

ProblemEven if significant reductions in global greenhouse gas emissions are achieved, some amount of climate change appears to be inevitable. Local, regional, state, and federal planning and regulation should begin to address how to adapt to these changes.

Purpose: This article presents a policy synthesis of adaptation planning issues, using California as a case study. We examine the institutional and regulatory challenges and tradeoffs that climate change poses in six particularly vulnerable areas: water resources, electricity, coastal resources, air quality, public health, and ecosystem resources. We discuss obstacles to adaptation planning and successes overcoming these barriers, and suggest how planning can incorporate adaptation.

Methods: This article presents a policy synthesis of adaptation planning issues, drawing on our recent research on California’s experience and related literature. We summarize the results of six studies that draw on quantitative and qualitative information gathered through surveys, interviews, and literature review.

Results and conclusionsPlanners should use forward-looking climate data that include higher water and air temperatures, sea-level rise, and increased numbers of extreme events like heat waves, floods, and wildfires when making decisions about future development, infrastructure investments, open-space protection, and disaster preparedness. Climate change will exacerbate conflicts between goals for economic development, habitat protection, and public safety, requiring stronger interagency coordination and new laws and regulations.

Takeaway for practice: Local and regional planners can help society adapt to a changing climate by using the best available science, deciding on goals and early actions, locating relevant partners, identifying and eliminating regulatory barriers, and encouraging the introduction of new state mandates and guidelines.

Research supportPartial support for this research was provided by Pacific Gas and Electric, The Nature Conservancy, and Next 10.


Rothschild, Rockefeller’s Resilient Puerto Rico – Plan to Transform the PUERTO RICO . . .

GREECE and the Rothschild Rockefeller “Resilient” PLAN . . .

FIRES in GREECE and the Rothschild Rockefeller “Resilient” PLAN . . .
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RESILIENT CITIES: Global Cities Initiative, a joint project of Brookings and JPMorgan Chase . . .

  1. RESILIENT CITIES:  Global Cities Initiative, a joint project of Brookings and JPMorgan Chase . . .

    The FCC and cities: The good, the bad, and the ugly



    A curious contrarian to this view is the current Federal Communications Commission (FCC), which has interpreted its statutory mandate to dramatically reduce its regulatory power cable companies, and wireless companies, while simultaneously asserting new authority to regulate prices and micromanage the activities of local governments.

    A major tactic in the FCC’s effort to regulate cities is through its Broadband Deployment Advisory Committee (BDAC) process. The

    However, even if motivated by the right reasons, the BDAC suffers from significant failures of design and execution. Due to these failures, I expect the BDAC and the FCC will adopt a framework in which industry gets all the benefits with no obligations, and municipalities will be forced to bear all the costs and receive no guaranteed benefits. This kind of process will result in a transfer of wealth from public to private enterprises—and leave American cities and metropolitan areas no better positioned to tap into digital telecommunications to unlock innovation and shared economic prosperity. Here I discuss what the BDAC got right and where it veered way off track

    The Global Cities Initiative, a joint project of Brookings and JPMorgan Chase, is an initiative that aims to help leaders in U.S. metropolitan areas reorient their economies toward greater engagement in world markets.

    • Infrastructure Connectivity: Infrastructure connectivity matters for regional competitiveness because firms rely upon global access, both physically and digitally, to participate in the efficiencies of global value chains. We measure infrastructure connectivity through aviation passenger flows and internet download speeds.

    Global Cities Initiative: A Joint Project of … – Brookings Institution  Highlight

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    The Exchange is a network of metro areas that over the course of the first five years of the Global Cities Initiative developed and implemented regional trade and … 
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    “Representing Louisville-Lexington, it struck me as I listened and spoke in these sessions that the enduring value of the GCI work has been not just to convene … 
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KILL CITIES – by Rothschild and Rockefeller – Gone Main Stream . . .

KILL CITIES – by Rothschild and Rockefeller  – Gone Main Stream . . . Washington Post and beyond . . .

Apparently, the Rothschilds have access to technology that causes the kind of freak weather currently linked to climate change, and use it to drive people out of farms and rural areas into inner cities.

“This a genocide program,” says California conspiracist Deborah Tavares in a YouTube video cited by the Post. “We are being moved now into what they call ‘resilient cities.’ And it’s important to get this word out, start looking it up: Resilient cities. Understand what this is: This is a plan brought in by Rothschild and Rockefeller.”

A New and Great American Hero in DC Stands Tall . . .
Members of Congress know the Rothschild’s control the
weather and are behind resilient cities, but would never
admit it because they feed at the DC Rothschild taxpayer
money trough as the pigs in muck and the liars that they
are. We the People are in Great Danger!

Debunking Snoop –
Recently snoop4truth sent out a mass email 
accusing Deborah Tavares of spreading hoaxes. 
Snoop4truth is an anonymous troll.He presents his incorrect positions and
accusations as fact. And of course he
is wrong.One thing for sure he is no legal expert.

His repeated assertion that Rod Class is Judge Dale is not only
laughable it is a redirection technique. As he doesn’t mention
my name or web site, he hopes to decrease the chances that
folks will visit it. Because, if they did they might run across the
interview of former World Bank attorney Karen Hudes on a
Rod Class call whereby she independently confirms information
Judge Dale provides in his book The Great American Adventure.
You can hear 15 minutes of her interview here: might also discover attorney/researcher Melvin Stamper’s book
Fruit from a Poisonous Tree. Stamper also independently confirms
Judge Dale’s information. If snoop4truth had the legal expertise to
challenge either of these legal giants, he would surely not be posting


Snoop4truth is likely a paid disinformation agent. We should ignore
all his anonymous messages . . .where ever they appear.
Perhaps Deborah should feel good about the fact that she is getting
her message out so far and wide that our common enemy now has
to pay people to try and discredit her.
AL Whitney, Editor of
Host of In Defense of Humanity on RBN, Saturdays at 8 pm ET
Kill Cities by Rothschild and Rockefeller
Kill Cities by Rothschild and Rockefeller

UPDATE 2-Detroit gets $350 mln financing lifeline from Barclays
Oct 11 (Reuters) – Barclays Plc will provide cash-strapped Detroit with up to $350 million in debtor-in-possession financing in the wake of its municipal bankruptcy filing in July, Detroit’s top official said on Friday. Detroit will use the money for infrastructure investments and to terminate interest-rate swap agreements that were not advantageous for the city, said Kevyn Orr, the city’s state-appointed emergency manager. Detroit is the first large U.S. city to seek so-called debtor-in-possession (DIP) financing after filing for Chapter 9 municipal bankruptcy on July 18. The city said it plans to ask for a November hearing on the financing, which is subject to federal bankruptcy court approval. Detroit, with at least $18 billion of debt and obligations, is the largest U.S. city to ever have filed for bankruptcy. About $230 million of the financing’s proceeds will be used to end swap contracts the city entered into with Bank of America Corp’s Merrill Lynch Capital Services and UBS AG in conjunction with debt sold for Detroit’s public pension funds. Bill Nowling, Orr’s spokesman, said the DIP financing was needed for the city to execute the swap termination deal with Merrill Lynch and UBS that Detroit asked the bankruptcy court to approve over the objection of bond insurers, some bondholders, the pension funds and others. He said court mediation with bond and swap insurer Syncora Guarantee Inc, the main objector, was continuing. Without the deal, terminating the swaps could cost an additional $60 million.

The city would use the rest of the proceeds from the DIP financing – about $120 million – to improve public safety and other basic services, remove blighted properties and boost technology infrastructure, Orr said. Detroit has seen its population shrink to about 700,000 from 1.8 million in the 1950s, when Detroit’s three automakers dominated the industry. In recent years, the city has made international headlines with its urban blight, roaming packs of feral dogs and outdated and sometimes inoperable police and fire equipment. The financing will be secured with a pledge of Detroit’s income tax and casino tax revenue and if those funds are not sufficient, “net cash proceeds from any potential monetization of city assets that exceeds $10 million,” according to the statement. Nowling said while the deal with Barclays doesn’t specify particular city assets, anything that could be potentially monetized, including assets at the Detroit Institute of Arts, is on the table. “We haven’t made a decision about selling anything,” he said. Barclays will have priority over certain claims – all administrative expense, post-petition and pre-petition unsecured claims. Orr has deemed $11.9 billion owed by the city to its pension funds, bondholders, retirees and others to be unsecured debt. The financing will carry the London Interbank Offered Rate (LIBOR) plus 2.5 percent, subject to market fluctuations, and will have an outside maturity date of 30 months from the closing date. The city chose Barclays in a competitive process conducted over the past month that resulted in 16 proposals from financial institutions, Orr’s statement said. Barclays’ proposal was deemed “the most advantageous based on structure and pricing,” it added. Detroit heads to a trial later this month to prove it is eligible for bankruptcy.