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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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Bonneville to Increase Rates

LCG, Sept. 5, 2000Citing high prices and higher customer demand, Bonneville Power Administration said on Friday it was "forced" to alter its proposed power rates for the next five years. Cutting through the federal agency's casuistry, that means it will extract more money from its customers.

Bonneville said in a news release it "intends to revise the Cost Recovery Adjustment Clause (CRAC) of its 2002-2006 rates so the agency can strengthen its ability to cover its costs over the 2002-2006 rate period." The agency added that it "is not proposing an increase in its basic power rates for the five-year rate period and does not expect to make any change in its basic rates or the CRAC in the first year." That sounds like rates won't change until 2003, but after that look out.

"Our intent is to limit the scope of the modifications primarily to a revision of the Cost RecoveryAdjustment Clause to make it more robust in years two through five of the rate period," explainedJudi Johansen, Bonneville administrator.

What's happening is, electricity consumers in Bonneville's market are trying to hedge against higher power prices by contracting for the agency's cheap federal power and Bonneville keeps signing the contracts even though it doesn't produce enough of that cheap power. So it has to go into the market and buy power and the whole concept of federal power takes a beating.

Bonneville's proposal is an adjustment to a current rate filing it made with the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission earlier this year. Johnson said the agency's customers "are asking for possibly 1,400 average megawatts more than we anticipated in the rate case. Had we stayed with our original rate proposal, the amount of power purchases we would have had to make at the prices we might very well see over the next five years, would have put our financial stability at risk."

Confident in the outcome, Bonneville will go on signing contracts until October 31.

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