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Virginia Governor Signs Executive Order to Drive Renewable Energy Installations

LCG, September 18, 2019--The Governor of Virginia signed an Executive Order 43 yesterday setting statewide goals for clean energy deployment and expands upon the Commonwealth's commitments to reduce the environmental impact, mitigate the impacts of climate change, and boost the clean energy economy in Virginia.

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Los Angeles Moves A Step Closer to Approving Huge Solar with Battery Storage Installation

LCG, September 12, 2019--The Los Angeles Department of Water and Power (LADWP) Board of Commissioners unanimously approved a plan on September 10 to install a 300-MW/1,200-MWh battery energy storage system (BESS) located at 8minute Solar Energy's (8mSE) Eland Solar and Storage Center.

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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.

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