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ERCOT 2019 Summer Quarter Outlook

LCG, May 29, 2019-- LCG released a new summer (June – September 2019) report that looks at how the ERCOT grid copes with strained network conditions. Resource adequacy analysis for the region is especially important during extreme summer loading conditions. This summer the network is under particular scrutiny as the reserves have tightened because of recent retirements.

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South Field Energy Breaks Ground for 1,182-MW Power Plant

LCG, May 16, 2019--South Field Energy LLC announced yesterday its groundbreaking for an 1,182-MW, combined-cycle electric generating facility in Columbiana County, Ohio. The natural gas-fired facility is scheduled to commence operations in mid-2021 and represents a $1.3 billion investment.

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Lawmakers Roll Back San Diego Electric Rates

LCG, Sept. 1, 2000California Gov. Gray Davis is expected to sign emergency legislation passed Wednesday evening that will roll back electricity rates in San Diego where customer bills have doubled in the past three months.

The legislation, passed on Tuesday by the state Senate, cleared the Assembly late Wednesday as lawmakers scrambled to clear their agenda in order to begin their vacations today. The measure was sponsored by two San Diego Democrats, Dede Alpert in the Senate and Susan Davis in the Assembly.

The bill caps the generation portion of electric service at 6.5 cents per kilowatt-hour and would be retroactive to June 1. The only utility affected by the legislation is San Diego Gas & Electricity Co., whose customers became subject to market prices when the company paid off its stranded costs and no longer fell under a rate freeze imposed by the California electric restructuring law.

Rates for customers of Pacific Gas & Electric Co. and Southern California Edison Co., the state's other two investor-owned electric utilities, remain frozen.

SDG&E spokesman Doug Kline pointed out that the utility, having sold its power plants, had to buy power to serve its customers and simply passed the cost along to customers without making a profit. He said absorbing the difference between 6.5 cents and the market price could cost the utility $726 million by the end of 2002, when the rate cap would expire.

" It is a well intentioned, but seriously flawed bill. It is like ordering a shopkeeper to buy a loaf ofbread for $2 and sell it to customers for 60 cents," Kline said.

He added that the company was urging Davis to veto the bill, but there is faint hope of that. A spokesman in the governor's office, Steven Maviglio, said "If he gets the bill next week I suspect he will sign it sooner rather than later."

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