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Construction Complete on South Kent Wind Project in Ontario

LCG, April 16, 2014-Samsung Renewable Energy, Inc. (Samsung) and Pattern Energy Group Inc. (Pattern Energy) yesterday announced that construction of the South Kent Wind project is complete and that the wind farm is now operational. The project is the largest wind farm in Canada. The electric generating capacity of the project is 270 MW, which is provided by 124 Siemens wind turbines.

Commercial Operations Underway at Orangeville Wind Farm in New York

LCG, April 4, 2014 - Invenergy Wind LLC ("Invenergy") announced on March 28 that commercial operations of its 94-MW Orangeville Wind Farm in Wyoming County, New York have commenced. The project is located about forty miles southeast of Buffalo in Wyoming County, New York.

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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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