Southern Power Acquires Controlling Interest in Texas Solar PV Project

LCG, December 1, 2015-Southern Company subsidiary Southern Power yesterday announced the acquisition of a controlling interest in the 157-MW Roserock solar photovoltaic (PV) facility from Recurrent Energy, a subsidiary of Canadian Solar. Recurrent Energy, the project developer, will retain the remaining interest. The project is currently under construction and scheduled to commence commercial operation in the fourth quarter of next year. The electricity and associated renewable energy credits (RECs) generated by the facility will be sold under a 20-year power purchase agreement (PPA) to Austin Energy.

Luminant to Acquire Two Combined Cycle Power Plants in Texas from NextEra

LCG, November 30, 2015-Luminant and NextEra Energy Resources, LLC, announced Wednesday an agreement for Luminant to acquire two natural gas-fired power plants in Texas from NextEra. Luminant will purchase the Forney Energy Center and the Lamar Energy Center, both located in northeast Texas. The total generating capacity of the combined cycle facilities is 2,988 MW. The acquisition is expected to close next spring.

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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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