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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Con Edison Asks FERC to Keep Lid on Power Prices

LCG, Sept. 29, 2000Consolidated Edison Co. of New York yesterday urged the Federal EnergyRegulatory Commission to institute market reforms aimed at preventing "unreasonably high energy prices" and ensuring that consumers are protected from any market abuses by power generators.

Con Edison is asking for continued price controls, but nothing like the price controls imposed by California politicians in the wake of a few complaints from San Diego. Where the California price cap was lowered from $750 per megawatt-hour to $500 and then to $250, and a lid of $65 put in place for customers of San Diego Gas & Electric Co., Con Edison is asking only that FERC not allow a current wholesale market bid cap of $1,000 per megawatt-hour to expire as scheduled on October 28.

Con Edison's plea came in an investigation of the New York state wholesale power market being conducted by FERC, the New York State Public Service Commission and the New York Independent System Operator. The agencies want to know the cause of price spikes that occurred this summer and what can be done about them.

Con Edison thinks it knows at least one of the causes price gouging by independent power producers. The company said this summer's high electric bills were "a direct result of excessively high wholesale energy costs, a substantial percentage of which cannot be explained by increased fuel costs and the initiation of an efficient competitive energy market."

The utility also called for revised rules for buying and selling power "to avoid severe fluctuations in day-to-day electric prices." Com Edison said the problems and price spikes "suggest a market that needs substantial and immediate correction and enhancement."

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