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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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Cal-ISO Calls 'Stage 2' Power Emergency for Third Day

LCG, Nov. 16, 2000--The California Independent System Operator yesterday declared a "Stage 2" power emergency, forcing the state's utilities to shed load for the third straight day. The ISO said it would need customers with interruptible service contracts to reduce demand by 1,400 megawatts late yesterday afternoon.

All summer, Cal-ISO scrambled to find 44,000 megawatts of power and this week it is having trouble coming up with 33,000 megawatts because about 12,000 megawatts worth of power plants are shut down for maintenance and repair after running non-stop for several months.

The problem was exacerbated by a cold snap early this week that boosted demand by customers who use electricity for heat. The cold weather also affected the Pacific Northwest, reducing the amount of power that was available for import to California.

In addition, at this time of the year the streams of the Sierra Nevadas are nearly dry, reducing the amount of hydroelectric power available in the state.

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