ERCOT 2019 Summer Quarter Outlook

LCG, May 29, 2019-- LCG released a new summer (June – September 2019) report that looks at how the ERCOT grid copes with strained network conditions. Resource adequacy analysis for the region is especially important during extreme summer loading conditions. This summer the network is under particular scrutiny as the reserves have tightened because of recent retirements.

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South Field Energy Breaks Ground for 1,182-MW Power Plant

LCG, May 16, 2019--South Field Energy LLC announced yesterday its groundbreaking for an 1,182-MW, combined-cycle electric generating facility in Columbiana County, Ohio. The natural gas-fired facility is scheduled to commence operations in mid-2021 and represents a $1.3 billion investment.

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Davis Wants to Know Who's Paying for Ads

LCG, July 23, 2001California Gov. Gray Davis, his skin worn thin by a month of television ads criticizing his handling of the state's electricity crisis, went to court Friday to learn the names of his tormentors.

The commercials, which began airing on June 18, end with the tag line "Grayouts from Gray Davis," which the governor and his legal advisers figure makes them political advertising and not educational. When Davis called the state's independent power producers "the biggest snakes on the planet earth," that was educational.

Under state law, groups that run issue-oriented ads don't have to divulge the names of individual contributors because those ads are considered educational. Advertising that supports or attacks candidates is considered political and the names of those sponsoring the ads are required to be registered with the California secretary of state.

Davis' legal team thinks the ads are an attack on the governor and the sponsors should be named. In a suit filed in San Francisco Superior Court, the governor's political committee alleges that the American Taxpayers Alliance failed to register and is in violation of the state's Political Reform Act.

Garry South, Davis' political adviser, said the views expressed in the ads may be protected by the first amendment to the U.S. Constitution, "But you have the responsibility under California law to reveal who is paying for commercials if they fall under the political realm, and these clearly do."

The American Taxpayers Alliance is a Washington, D.C.-based organization run by Scott Reed, a Republican strategist. He has declined to disclose the group's contributors. Davis suspects the contributors include the biggest snakes on the planet earth.

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