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Southern's Kemper County IGCC Project Now Targets Completion in First Half of 2016

LCG, October 29, 2014-Southern Company announced yesterday further delays in the schedule to begin operations of its Kemper County coal project that is currently under construction by its subsidiary, Mississippi Power. A year ago, Mississippi Power announced the project should be completed in the last quarter of 2014. Yesterday's filing targeted the facility to be placed in service the first half of 2016.

Piedmont Natural Gas Obtains Approval from State Commission for the Proposed Atlantic Coast Pipeline

LCG, October 28, 2014-Piedmont Natural Gas yesterday received regulatory approval from the North Carolina Utilities Commission (NCUC) for its affiliate agreements with the Atlantic Coast Pipeline (ACP). Regulatory approval from the NCUC is necessary, as Piedmont Natural Gas is both a financial partner and a customer of the proposed natural gas pipeline. In addition, approval for the project will be needed from the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC).

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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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