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LCG, September 12, 2019--The Los Angeles Department of Water and Power (LADWP) Board of Commissioners unanimously approved a plan on September 10 to install a 300-MW/1,200-MWh battery energy storage system (BESS) located at 8minute Solar Energy's (8mSE) Eland Solar and Storage Center.

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FERC Accepts LNG Permit Application from Commonwealth

LCG, September 4, 2019--Commonwealth Projects, LLC yesterday announced that the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) has formally accepted Commonwealth LNG, LLC's filing application to construct one liquefied natural gas (LNG) plant at the mouth of the Gulf of Mexico near Cameron, Louisiana. The company stated that it is on schedule to commence operations in the first quarter of 2024.

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Fiat May Buy Italy's Montedison

LCG, July 2, 2001Italian automaker Fiat, in concert with Electricit de France, was expected to make a five billion-euros ($4.24 billion U.S.) bid for conglomerate Montedison, which controls Italy's largest privately owned utility, Edison.

Montedison announced yesterday that it would sell off 1.14 billion euros ($1.35 billion) of assets, setting off a scramble in the Italian investment community.

Fiat's board called a special meeting, following which it issued a short statement supporting plans to create value from its "own activities in the energy sector by transferring them to a designatedcompany that could acquire a significant stake in Montedison." No mention was made of possible participation by EdF, which already owns a fifth of Montedison.

Italian investment bank Mediobanca then took action to protect its agriculture and energy asset from takeover. Montedison announced that the 1.14 billion-euro asset sale had been made and consisted of selling 29 percent of its La Fondiaria insurance company to Italian insurer SAI and 35 percent of holding company Dieci Investmenti to investor Vincent Bollore of France.

Both SAI and Bollore are considered close to Mediobanca and between them they already have a 6 percent interest in Montedison.

Fiat and EdF may go whole hog for Montedison. The companies were reported to have organized a 20-billion-euro credit line, which would enable it to purchase Montedison's voting shares three times over.

Fiat originally was an acronym for Fabbrica Italiana Automobilii Torino (though in the U.S. it is widely supposed that the acronym means "Fix it again, Tony"). The company produces its own power for its auto plants and sells surplus power in the Italian market.

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