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Tokyo-based Electric Power Subsidiary partners with AP Solar in 400 MW Texas Solar Project

LCG, August 6, 2020—J-Power USA Development Co, a subsidiary of the Electric Power Development Co. headquartered in Tokyo, has joined a joint venture to develop a 400 MW Texas solar project.

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Texas Solar Project Sold to CIP

LCG, July 31, 2020—An affiliate of Copenhagen Infrastructure Partners has completed purchase of a 350 MW solar photovoltaic project near the Houston metro area from Solar Plus Development Inc. and Avondale Solar.

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Georgia PSC Approves Georgia Power's 2019 IRP

LCG, July 18, 2019--The Georgia Public Service Commission (PSC) has unanimously approved Southern Company subsidiary Georgia Power's 2019 Integrated Resource Plan (IRP), which was submitted in late January.

The approved IRP calls for Georgia Power to retire five coal-fired units: Plant Hammond Units 1-4 near Rome, Georgia, and Plant McIntosh Unit 1 near Rincon, Georgia. The combined capacity of these coal units is approximately 980 MW. The company also will not renew its operating licenses for three small hydro plants: Estatoah, Langdale and Riverview.

Georgia Power had initially recommended adding 1,000 MW of renewable energy. In a stipulation agreement with Commission staff, that amount was increased to 1,650 MW. During Tuesday's hearing, the PSC Chairman made a motion to increase the renewable/solar energy procurement to 2,210 MW, the largest increase in renewable energy in Georgia's history. The five-member Commission voted unanimously for Chairman's motion. The final IRP decision also includes 50 MW of new competitively bid biomass generation (typically wood) was added.

"I determined Georgia has the ability to add significantly more renewable energy and solar energy using a market-based approach without any upward pressure on the rate payers and no state subsidies," the Chairman said.

The IRP calls for Georgia Power to own and operate 80 MW of battery energy storage systems (BESS), which will support the growth of intermittent or variable solar energy facilities and provide the company the opportunity to demonstrate the deployment, integration and operation of storage.

Georgia Power's senior vice president and senior production officer stated, "Working with the Georgia PSC, we are positioning Georgia as a leader in the Southeast in battery energy storage, which is critical to growing and maximizing the value of renewable energy for customers as we increase our renewable generation by 72 percent by 2024. Through the IRP process, Georgia Power will continue to invest in a diverse energy portfolio including the development of renewable resources in a way that benefits all customers to deliver clean, safe, reliable energy at rates that are well below the national average."
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