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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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Aluminum Smelter to Build Power Plant in Northwest

LCG, Sept. 29, 2000Golden Northwest Aluminum Inc., a major U.S. aluminum smelter, plans to build a 248 megawatt power plant at its primary facility in Goldendale, Wash., and sell any surplus power through the Bonneville Power Administration, BPA said yesterday.

Bonneville said it had signed a memorandum of understanding with the aluminum company and Goldendale Energy Inc., an independent power producer, saying that, if a final agreement can be achieved on a commercial basis, BPA will purchase power from the plant when the aluminum producer is not operating or operating at such a reduced level that it can't use all the power.

The smelter currently operates under a 10-year tolling agreement with Norsk Hydro and is estimated to have a need for 285 megawatts of electricity, but is facing future power shortages, industry sources say.

Bonneville isn't sticking its neck out. Judi Johansen, BPA administrator, said she was pleased to participate in the project, but "we will do so only on the condition that the project can be built and operated, on a forecasted basis, at no cost to our other customers or to environmental programs funded by BPA."

The reason for the agreement between Golden Northwest and Bonneville is to provide Goldendale Energy with a reliable purchaser of power not used by the smelter if the aluminum plant should reduce production due to unfavorable conditions in the aluminum market or for other reasons, a requirement for financing of the facility.

Because of Bonneville's involvement, the project must be reviewed by the Northwest Power Planning Council. Construction is expected to take about two years.

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