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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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Lawyers Use Internet to Find Avista Plaintiffs

LCG, Sept. 5, 2000Call it high-tech ambulance-chasing. Lawyers are taking to the Internet looking for plaintiffs who want to sue companies suspected of wrongdoing.

Avista Corp., the former conservative Washington Water Power Co., is a target of a law firm that is rounding up shareholders the lawyers think they can convince there's a pot of gold at the end of the litigation. There often is for the lawyers. There often isn't for the plaintiffs.

One of the many law firms using the Internet to scare up a case against Avista is Berman, DeValerio & Pease, of Boston. It or they warned in an announcement on the Internet Friday that "a deadline is fast approaching for shareholders who want to sue" Avista and five other companies. The lawyers invited shareholders to call in order to learn "your ability to potentially recoup your losses."

Avista made some stupid moves earlier this year and barely broke even in the second quarter, but it is unlikely the company set out to destroy the fortunes of its shareholders. What it did was guess wrong on the direction power prices would take when it sold its 175 megawatt interest in the Centralia, Wash., power plant. Instead of contracting for replacement power, it bet that the price of power would drop and it could cover its shortage for less money in the spot market.

You don't go to jail for trying to fill a straight.

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