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Duke Energy Sustainable Solutions Announces 207-MW Ledyard Windpower Project in Iowa

LCG, September 23, 2021--Duke Energy Sustainable Solutions, a nonregulated commercial brand of Duke Energy, earlier this week announced the construction of the 207-MW Ledyard Windpower project in Kossuth County, Iowa. Verizon Communications entered into a 15-year virtual power purchase agreement (VPPA) for 180 MW of the wind energy for 15 years to meet its net-zero goals.

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Illinois Governor Signs Energy Bill to Transform the Electric Sector

LCG, September 16, 2021--The Governor of Illinois yesterday signed into law SB 2408, a wide-ranging bill that will significantly impact the electric sector, along with impacts on the transportation sector, jobs and communities. The legislation requires 100 percent carbon free energy by 2045 and targets a path to achieve 100 percent renewables by 2050.

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ERCOT reviewed Frio County Transmission Project

June 18, 2020 - In November 2019, 7X Energy submitted the Frio County Transmission Project to the ERCOT Regional Planning Group (RPG) as an economic-driven project to address projected transmission congestion in the Frio County area. This is supported by an independent economic benefit study performed by LCG Consulting using its proprietary UPLAN model, the same economic planning model utilized by ERCOT, in accordance with ERCOT procedures. LCG’s analysis shows significant annual production cost benefit for the transmission upgrades in question.

In the independent review completed in May 2020, ERCOT identified transmission congestion on the 69-kV and 138-kV transmission system in Frio County, and a total of seven transmission upgrade options were evaluated. ERCOT concluded that the upgrades identified in Option 5 would provide the most cost-effective solution to the identified congestion while meeting the ERCOT economic planning criteria. Option 5 is estimated to cost $12.13 million and is described as follows:
  • Rebuild the Moore – Big Foot 138-kV line such that the summer normal and emergency ratings are at least 485 MVA

  • Reconductor the Moore – Hondo Creek 138-kV line such that the summer normal and emergency ratings are at least 382 MVA

The recommended option is classified as a Tier 2 project based on the ERCOT Protocol Section 3.11.4.3(2), and the project is expected to be in-service by Summer 2021.
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