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AES Receives Approval from California Energy Commissioners to Construct Gas-Fired Power Generation in Southern California

LCG, April 13, 2017--California Energy Commissioners yesterday approved plans to construct and operate a power generation facility, the Huntington Beach Energy Project (HBEP), located in the City of Huntington Beach. The 844-MW, natural-gas fired project will be developed by AES Southland Development, LLC (AES).

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Southern Power's 120-MW Solar Project Commences Operation in Texas

LCG, April 6, 2017--Southern Company subsidiary Southern Power yesterday announced the commercial operation of the 120-MW East Pecos Solar Facility in Pecos County, Texas. Austin Energy will purchase the energy and associated renewable energy credits (RECs) under a 15-year power purchase agreement (PPA), which it plans to apply to meet Austin City Council goals for renewable energy and carbon reduction.

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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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