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SunEdison Completes Regulus Solar PV Project in Central California

LCG, February 20, 2015 -SunEdison, Inc. announced Wednesday that it has completed the 81.6-MW (DC) Regulus solar project near Bakersfield, California and that the facility is now generating power.

Siemens Receives Order to Supply Turbines for 200-MW Wind Project in Texas

LCG, February 12, 2015-Siemens announced Tuesday that Pattern Energy Group LP (Pattern Development) has awarded the company an order to supply and install 87 wind turbines at the Logan's Gap Wind project located in Comanche County, Texas,. The 200-MW project will use the SWT-2.3-108 wind turbines, each with a power rating of 2.3 MW and 53 meter blades. The installation is scheduled this year, and operations are to commence this fall. An executed service and maintenance agreement for the turbines is included in the agreement.

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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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