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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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Nicor Energy Defends Customer Choice Program

LCG, Sept. 26, 2000--Nicor Energy Inc., which saw the customer choice program of its Nicor Gas Co. subsidiary suspended last week by the Illinois Commerce Commission, and rebutted claims by an advocacy group that the company had misled the public.

"We're extremely disappointed about the decision," said Kevin Stoffer, president and chief executive of Nicor Energy. "It's Illinois consumers who will suffer from this decision. We believe in choice for all customers, and this decision takes that opportunity away for customers in northern Illinois."

Stoffer responded to disparaging claims made by the Citizens Utility Board, a self-appointed consumer watchdog, which said Nicor Gas switched customers to an unregulated affiliate without making it clear that Nicor Energy wasn't the same as the gas company. "Our marketingprogram has been forthright and thorough," Stoffer said. "All complaints from our customers have been resolved. The few problems we've encountered have been addressed and always, if customers were unhappy about their choice, we've released them from their contract with no cancellation fee."

"We hope the Illinois Commerce Commission will resolve any outstanding issues and will be able to put choice back into the hands of consumers," Stoffer concluded.

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