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Iberdrola Renewables Executes Contract with SCE for 132-MW Wind Project in Southern California

LCG, July 30, 2015-Iberdrola Renewables yesterday announced a 15-year power purchase agreement (PPA) to supply Southern California Edison (SCE) with renewable power from the planned Tule Wind Power Project in San Diego County, California. SCE will purchase all of the power generated by the 132-MW wind farm. The project is scheduled for completion in late 2017.

Duke Energy Renewables Acquires Seville Solar Projects in California

LCG, July 29, 2015-Duke Energy Renewables yesterday announced it has acquired the 20-MW Seville I and 30-MW Seville II Solar Power Projects in California from Kruger Energy. The two projects are expected to be in service by year end, which will increase Duke Energy Renewables' total solar power capacity in California to over 100 MW.

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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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