Virginia Governor Signs Executive Order to Drive Renewable Energy Installations

LCG, September 18, 2019--The Governor of Virginia signed an Executive Order 43 yesterday setting statewide goals for clean energy deployment and expands upon the Commonwealth's commitments to reduce the environmental impact, mitigate the impacts of climate change, and boost the clean energy economy in Virginia.

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Los Angeles Moves A Step Closer to Approving Huge Solar with Battery Storage Installation

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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Industry News

Rolling Blackouts Hit Las Vegas

LCG, July 3, 2001In Las Vegas yesterday, street lights went dead, air conditioners quit conditioning air and perhaps millions of incandescent bulbs blinked off as a power blackout hit Nevada for the first time.

Incandescent bulbs, ranging in size from the itty-bitty ones inside slot machines to big ones illuminating casinos and hotels, are important in Las Vegas, as are air conditioners.

While expected hot weather had Nevada Power Co. lining up power reserves early in the day, the problem hit when both 790 megawatt units of the nearby Mohave coal-fired power plant went down for as-yet-unexplained reasons. Nevada Power has a 222 megawatt ownership interest in the plant, which is operated and 50 percent owned by Southern California Edison Co.

Casinos were asked to conserve power and many dimmed their lights and fired up emergency back-up generators. When Nevada Power was forced to shed 100 megawatts of load in the middle of the afternoon, about 10,000 customers lost power.

Under price controls recently put into effect for the 11 Western states by the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission, the Las Vegas blackout should have triggered controls throughout the region, but no reports indicated their implementation.

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