Construction Begins on Enel's 300-MW Rock Creek Wind Project in Missouri

LCG, October 19, 2016--Enel Green Power North America, Inc. (EGPNA) recently announced that it has started construction of the Rock Creek Wind Farm in Atchison County, Missouri. The project will have an installed electric generating capacity of 300 MW, and it is estimated that it will generate 1,250 GWh annually. The project is owned by EGPNA subsidiary Rock Creek Wind Project, LLC.

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Entergy Texas Proposes 993-MW Combined-Cycle Plant in Texas

LCG, October 12, 2016--Entergy Texas submitted an application Friday to the Texas Public Utility Commission for approval to build a natural gas-fired power plant in Southeast Texas. The 993-MW combined-cycle project is estimated to cost approximately $937 million. Given timely approval, construction is anticipated to begin in early 2019. Operations are scheduled to commence in 2021.

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Industry News

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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