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Southern Announces Solar Project to Supply Georgia EMCs

LCG, December 18, 2014-Southern Company subsidiary Southern Power announced yesterday its plan to develop a 131-MW solar photovoltaic (PV) project in Georgia. The electricity and associated renewable energy credits (RECs) will be sold under 25-year power purchase agreements (PPAs) to three Georgia electric membership corporations: Cobb Electric Membership Corporation (Cobb EMC), Flint Electric Membership Corporation (doing business as Flint Energies) and Sawnee Electric Membership Corporation (Sawnee EMC). Cobb EMC has contracted for approximately 101 MW of capacity, and Flint Energies and Sawnee EMC have each contracted for approximately 15 MW.

FootPrint Power Hires Iberdrola to Construct Combined-Cycle Plant in Salem

LCG, December 16, 2014-Iberdrola USA announced Friday that its sister company, Iberdrola Engineering and Construction, has been hired by Footprint Power of Bridgewater, New Jersey to build a 674-MW combined-cycle electric generating facility in Salem, Massachusetts. Iberdrola Engineering will be responsible for all engineering, construction, commissioning, and site work for the project. The new, gas-fired facility will incorporate GE's Flex-Efficiency design.

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Agriculture Group Backs PG&E Hydro Plan; Independent Power Producers Don’t Like It

LCG, Aug. 11, 2000--Lobbyists began choosing sides yesterday as the California Public Utilities Commission began studying a proposal by Pacific Gas & Electric Co. to transfer its hydroelectric facilities in the state to a newly created unit of its parent holding company PG&E Corp.

The proposal, reported here yesterday, had the backing of The Utility Reform Network (TURN), theCoalition of California Utility Employees (CUE), Agricultural Energy Consumers Association(AECA), California Retailers Association, Sonoma County Water Agency, and Tuolumne UtilityDistrict.

Director Michael Boccadoro of the AECA called the settlement agreement "an historic opportunity to guarantee that these resources are operated in a reliable, environmentally sound manner and toprovide electric customers with significant economic benefits."

But the owners of independent power plants are against the proposal. Jan Smutny-Jones, executive director of the Independent Energy Producers Association, said "The best way to protect the environment and ratepayers, and to foster a truly competitive electric market is through an open, conditioned auction of these generating assets."

When PG&E first proposed transferring ownership of the hydro facilities to an affiliate, the plan was dismissed as self-serving and concerns over market power were raise. So, the utility proposed that it auction its plants, just like it did with its fossil-fueled power plants. That raised concerns by environmentalists and others who wondered what would happen to Californias rivers when competing generation companies ran the hydro turbines full time.

This time around, PG&E says its proposal should satisfy both environmentalists and free-market competitors.

As the sainted Noah Webster said in his 1802 American Spelling Book, "It makes a difference whose ox is gored."




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