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AEP Will Proceed with North Central Wind Projects Despite Texas Commission Denying Approval

LCG, July 8, 2020--American Electric Power (AEP) announced last Thursday that, following the PUC of Texas not approving AEP subsidiary Southwestern Electric Power Co.'s (SWEPCO) plan to add 309 MW of wind energy to serve Texas customers, AEP will proceed to acquire the entire planned 1,485 MW of North Central wind projects.

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JEA Board Approves Transaction with FPL to Close 848-MW Coal Unit in Georgia

LCG, June 30, 2020--The JEA Board of Directors in a special meeting last Friday unanimously approved a transaction that will result in closing an 848-MW unit at Plant Scherer and entering into a 20-year purchase power agreement (PPA) with Florida Power & Light Company (FPL).

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Court Lifts Stay Blocking BG&E Rate Cut

LCG, Aug. 7, 2000--The Circuit Court of Baltimore City on Friday lifted the stay blocking a residential rate cut of 6.5 percent and the introduction of customer choice for electricity customers of Baltimore Gas & Electric Co.

The stay had been granted July 21 on the petition of the Mid-Atlantic Power Supply Association, a New Jersey-based organization claiming to represent out-of-state electric service suppliers seeking to do business in Maryland.

Christian H. Poindexter, chief executive of BG&E parent holding company Constellation Energy Group, said "Central Maryland consumers can now begin to enjoy the benefits of a deregulated electric market. In the interest of fairness to each of our 1 million residential customers, BG&Ewill provide retroactive savings from July 1, when customer choice began for virtually the rest ofMaryland."

BG&E President Frank O. Heintz noted that 19 electric service suppliers have been licensed by the Maryland Public Service Commission to compete for BG&Es customers and another 15 have applications pending. Apparently none of those 34 marketers are members of Mapsa.

Mapsa has now been turned down by five courts out of five in its effort to block BG&Es restructuring transition plan, but Judge Albert J. Matricciani Jr., who lifted the stay on Friday, said he would listen later this month to the organizations objections to the PSCs November 1999 settlement order for BG&E.

Poindexter didnt sound worried. "The PSC order, which will now be reviewed by the court, is sound and well reasoned. We are optimistic that the order will ultimately be affirmed," he said.

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