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Siemens Awarded Contract for 588-MW Offshore Wind Farm in Scotland

LCG, May 25, 2016--Siemens Wind Power was awarded an order for the Beatrice wind farm, a 588-MW offshore wind farm located approximately 9 miles off the Scottish coast. The installation of the wind turbines is scheduled to begin in the summer of 2018, and the project is expected to be completed in 2019.

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Xcel Energy Requests Approval for 600-MW Wind Project in Colorad

LCG, May 18, 2016--Xcel Energy filed an application with the Colorado Public Utilities Commission (CPUC) for approval of a $1 billion investment in the Rush Creek Wind Project,located in eastern Colorado. The 600-MW project, which includes installing a 90-mile, 345 kV electric transmission line, is now under development by Invenergy Wind Development North America. Xcel is requesting (i) approval to purchase the project, (ii) a Certificate of Public Convenience and Necessity (CPCN) for the wind farm and associated transmission facilities, and (iii) approval to seek cost recovery.

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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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