But critics say the extra power is not needed

Worried about a “significant possibility” of a shortfall in the state’s power system within two years, the California Public Utilities Commission voted 5-0 Thursday to increase capacity requirements for energy providers across the Golden State.   …

“This is additional procurement that is unneeded for reliability that is essentially a handout to fossil fuel generators within the state of California,”
said Tyson Siegele, energy analyst at the Protect Our Communities Foundation, a San Diego-based environmental and energy group. “And it is going to cost the ratepayers extra money” because energy providers will pass the costs of the new power contracts on to customers.

Siegele would not hazard a guess how much more a typical SDG&E ratepayer would pay but said the decision would amount to “billions for the whole state.”

(Read the full article at the San Diego Union Tribune)