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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Industry News

FERC Okays Western Gas Pipeline Expansions

LCG, July 26, 2001The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission approved yesterday three natural gas pipeline projects in the western U.S., including PG&E Gas Transmission Northwest's plan to expand an existing pipeline to ship an additional 207 million cubic feet of natural gas daily to the Pacific Northwest and California.

The $122 million project includes increasing power at five existing compressor stations and installing 21 miles of new pipeline. The increased throughput will serve new gas-fueled power plants developed by Calpine Corp. and Newport Northwest.

"The addition of natural gas transportation capacity will facilitate the introduction of new powersupplies into the those regions," PG&E said, adding it will "help alleviate the current energy crisis."

FERC also approved on Wednesday a plan by the Kern River Gas Transmission Co. to increase capacity on an existing pipeline to ship an extra 10.5 million cubic feet of natural gas from Wyoming to California. The Williams Co. subsidiary plans to have the pipeline project finished by May of next year.

Kern River operates a 922-mile system delivering Rocky Mountain and Canadian natural gas tomarkets in California, Nevada and Utah. The company said the expansion will match increasing gas production in the Rocky Mountain Basin with growing demand for gas-fired power plants in the Far West.

In a third action, FERC gave preliminary approval to Colorado Interstate Gas Co.'s plan to expand an existing pipeline to ship an extra 280 million cubic feet of natural gas per day. The pipeline expansion will allow the El Paso Corp. subsidiary to ship more natural gas to fuel electric generating plants along the eastern slope of the Rocky Mountains in Colorado.

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