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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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Missouri Gas Asks for $39 Million Rate Hike

LCG, Nov. 8, 2000--Missouri Gas Energy Co. yesterday asked regulators for authority to raise rates by $39 million a year. The increase would be in a form that would increase householders' natural gas bills by about $5 per month regardless of how much gas they used.

The Missouri Public Service Commission has 11 months to decide whether to grant the company's request.

The company, which last raised its rates three years ago, said the increased revenues were needed to replace gas lines and install new lines to serve housing developments. Paul Snider, a spokesman for the utility, said "The bottom line is: We aren't making enough to recover our expenses and make a reasonable rate of return."

The stipulation that customers pay a higher monthly charge regardless of gas usage is like to face opposition. Doug Micheel, senior counsel with the Missouri Office of Public Counsel, said "We have traditionally been against the top-loading of fixed charges on consumers."

The rate increase would increase the flat customer service charge by $7.45 from $9.05 per month to $16.50. But the charge for energy would decrease by about $2.50 for the typical customer, resulting in a $5 increase.

Raising the customer charge would allow the utility to count on a stable flow of revenue, Snider said. He also noted that the new rate would stabilize customers' gas bills, spreading out fluctuations in the price of the commodity over 12 months.

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