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FERC Authorizes Sabal Trail Transmission and Florida Southeast Connection Pipelines to Serve Florida

LCG, February 4, 2016 The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) issued a certificate of public convenience and necessity (CPCN) for the approximately 515-mile Sabal Trail and 126-mile Florida Southeast Connection pipelines. The certificate authorizes the pipeline companies to build and operate the pipelines. Construction is expected to begin in the coming months to meet a May 1, 2017, in-service date.

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Samsung and Pattern Development Announce Construction Complete at 180 MW Armow Wind Power Facility in Ontario

LCG, February 2, 2016--Samsung Renewable Energy, Inc. (Samsung) and Pattern Energy Group LP ("Pattern Development") yesterday announced that construction of the 180-MW Armow Wind power facility is complete and that the facility is now fully operational. The Armow Wind power facility now operates under a 20-year power purchase agreement (PPA) with the Independent Electricity System Operator (IESO).

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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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