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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

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Duke, Williams to Buy Rival Pipeline Project

LCG, Nov. 20, 2000--Subsidiaries of Duke energy Corp. and The Williams Cos. said Friday that planned to purchase the Gulfstream Natural Gas System project from The Coastal Corp. and would scrap plans of their own for the Buccaneer pipeline project.

The two projects are almost identical, bringing natural gas from Alabama, about 750 miles across the Gulf of Mexico, to the Tampa, Fla. area. Gulfstream is about a year ahead of Buccaneer in development and has lined up 10 customers to serve when it becomes operational in 2002.

The sale by Coastal is a requirement of the company's merger with El Paso Energy Corp., set by the Federal Trade Commission. David A. Arledge, chairman and chief executive of Coastal called the sale a "significant step forward" in completing the merger.

"Until the merger is complete, Coastal will continue to develop and market Gulfstream, will ensurethat the project moves forward as scheduled and will remain fully committed to its many stakeholders in Florida," Arledge said.

Cuba Wadlington Jr., president and chief executive of Williams' gas pipeline group, said "We have recognized for some time that the market will support only one new pipeline into the State of Florida. The market will now be able to clearly see a single, viable competing pipeline into the state."

Florida observers agreed. "The conventional thinking from most of the experts was that only one of the pipelines would be approved," said Mark Ferrulo, director of the public interest advocacy organization, the Florida Public Interest Research Group. "The market wouldn't have supported both of the projects."

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