NorthRenew Energy's Mesquite Sky Wind Project Commences Construction

LCG, January 21, 2021-–NorthRenew Energy (“NorthRenew”) announced today that Clearway Energy Group (“Clearway”) achieved construction commencement on the Mesquite Sky Wind Project, f/k/a Baird North Wind Project (“Mesquite Sky”), initially developed by NorthRenew and sold to Clearway in 2019. Following the sale in 2019, NorthRenew continued to assist Clearway with final development and pre-construction services.

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Minnesota Power Announces Vision for 100 Percent Carbon-Free Energy by 2050

LCG, January 13, 2021--Minnesota Power, an ALLETE company, yesterday announced its vision to deliver 100 percent carbon-free energy to customers by 2050.

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AEP to Split into Two Firms, Target Wholesale Power

LCG, Nov. 1, 2000--American Electric Power Co. chief executive E. Linn Draper said yesterday his company plans to split into two companies, one to focus on competitive wholesale power and the other to operate the company's regulated businesses in the U.S. and abroad.

"Our focus for growth moving forward, plain and simple, will be the wholesale business; generation and related energy assets, wholesale marketing and trading," said Draper who was addressing a San Francisco conference sponsored by the Edison Electric Institute.

He also said that AEP has decided not to pursue combination of its 100 percent owned British regional electric company Seeboard Plc with Yorkshire Electricity Plc, another REC it owns in equal shares with Xcel Energy Inc. AEP would have bought out Xcel under the plan.

Draper said that AEP would apply later this week to the Securities and Exchange Commission for authority to form the two companies. The two firms would be under am umbrella holding company, he said.

Draper would not say whether public offerings were contemplated for selling stock in the two new companies. "We have a number of options to consider, but we expect it will take at least a year" to get necessary regulatory approvals and complete all the paperwork to set up the companies he said.

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