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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Industry News

Entergy's UK Saltend Project at Full Capacity

LCG, Sept. 19, 2000British contractors building the 1,200 megawatt Saltend power plant in England for Entergy Corp. of the U.S. cranked all three units up to full capacity yesterday to begin a test period before the facility is put into commercial operation, a spokeswoman for the project said this morning.

"On Wednesday the plant will start a 10-day testing phase before the formal handover by theconstructors," she said.

The natural gas-fired plant was the last large gas-fueled plant in the United Kingdom to win regulatory approval before a moratorium on the use of gas as electric generation fuel went into effect to protect jobs in the British coal mining industry.

Saltend was originally scheduled to begin commercial operations by June of this year, but construction problems forced a delay. The delays may not be over, the spokeswoman said. "Testing can take longer than expected but (10 days) is the plan at the moment," she said.

Saltend was hooked to the UK's national grid last May and has been selling some power in the England and Wales Electricity Pool, the British wholesale market, since that time.

Entergy has, for about a year, seeking a partner to buy up to a 50 percent interest in Saltend. Such a deal could take place after the plant is declared fully operational.

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