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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Indiana Township Considers 800 Megawatt Proposal

LCG, Sept. 20, 2000Benton Township, a community near South Bend, Ind., has scheduled four public meetings to learn if its citizens want to go forward with a proposed merchant power plant that would cost between $300 million and $400 million to build.<>P>
William Martin, president of CME North American Merchant Energy, announced the project yesterday afternoon at the Benton Harbor offices of Cornerstone Chamber of Commerce. He then explained the project last night to the Benton Township board of trustees.

CME hopes to build an 800 megawatt, natural gas-fired plant in an industrial park. Martin said the project would employ up to 300 skilled workers during construction and provide about 25 full-time jobs once completed. Commercial operation could be achieved by 2003.

Martin said the output of the plant would be sold into the regional wholesale electricity market and would be delivered over transmission lines owned by American Electric Power Co.

The site preferred by CME is in a so-called "Renaissance Zone," meaning the power plant's owners would pay no real estate or personal property taxes. However, Martin pointed out, the plant would purchase 4 million to 6 million gallons of water daily from the city of Benton Harbor and would have a $2 million annual payroll.

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