PacifiCorp Issues RFP for Over 4,300 MW of Generation Resources

LCG, July 9, 2020--PacifiCorp Monday issued the largest request for proposals (RFPs) for energy projects in company history, seeking more than 4,300 MW in solar, wind and battery storage resources that can connect to its 10-state transmission system and achieve commercial operation by December 31, 2024.

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Analysis of Resource Adequacy in ERCOT - July - December 2020

LCG, June 30, 2020 - LCG Consulting just released its analysis of ERCOT for the second half of 2020, July through December.

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Indiana To Investigate IP&L Response To Storm Outages

LCG, July 25, 2001Slow response by Indianapolis Power & Light Co. to storm-cause outages two weeks ago appears to have caught the eye of the Indiana Regulatory Commission, which will open an investigation today into whether a takeover of the company was to blame.

Television station WRTV talked to IP&L customer Bill Goss, who went 24 hours after the storm with no power or low voltage. He said that he called IPL hundreds of time, mostly getting busy signals, sometimes getting disconnected, occasionally getting through, but getting wrong information.

Even though Goss lives in a critical zone, where two major feeder lines cross, he said that it took forever to get a crew out. And when someone finally came, he didn't know what he was doing.

Indiana regulators have worried that job cuts, the "synergies" AES Corp. talked about when it acquired IP&L, would produce service problems.

"We've seen in the past with other companies who have had major workforce reductions that thequality of service did suffer, and the people of Indiana suffered. The commission wants to move quickly this time to make sure that that doesn't happen again," spokeswoman Mary Beth Fisher said.

As far as Goss is concerned, it's already happened. He told television reporters that he can see a cutback in preventive maintenance, like tree trimming. And he said that one crewman admitted to him privately that the job cuts had left the utility unable to cope.

"They said that a lot of their experienced crewmen had taken early retirement, so they didn't have the manpower that they would normally have to respond to a storm like this," Goss said.

IP&L declined to comment on the investigation until the commission formally votes on it today, but said it would cooperate fully.

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