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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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NERC Goes to Bat for Gorton Bill in House Test

LCG, Sept. 14, 2000--The North American Electric Reliability Council yesterday wrote to J. Dennis Hastert, Speaker of the U.S. House of Representatives, to urge his support for prompt passage of legislation in this session of Congress to promote and ensure continued reliability of the high-voltage electric transmission systems in North America.

And NERC said it didn't want to see any changes from the way the measure, sponsored by Sen. Slade Gorton, emerged from the Senate. NERC's message yesterday was supported by 12 major league state and industry organizations, all of whom will back out if the House tacks on anything whatsoever.

Gorton's legislation, passed earlier by the Senate, would grant the authority of the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission over a new Electric Reliability Organization. FERC would also have authority over all affiliated regional reliability entities, all system operators and all users of the bulk power system.

The bill prescribes procedural guidelines for FERC approval of operating standards for the national grid and its regional subsection and requires all users of the bulk power system to comply with those standards.

The measure would also aim at getting recognition in Canada and Mexico and calls on the U.S. government to use its best efforts to get the governments of the two neighboring countries to go along with standards accepted by the electric Reliability Council.

Every system operator would be required to be a member of the new Electric Reliability Organization and also be a member of an affiliated regional reliability entity operating under an agreement applicable to the region of the system operator or who is responsible for operation of a bulk power system facility.

Gorton's bill not only creates the Electric Reliability Organization, it gives it muscle by granting enforcement powers and the ability to punish those who transgress.

In his letter to Speaker Hastert, Michehl R. Gent, president of NERC, said "Having Congress enact this legislation now, with the RTO coordination amendments, is an important step to ensure the continued reliability of the nation's high-voltage electricity system, and one that should not wait."

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