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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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PNM Says Kansas Demands Could Scotch Western Resources Deal

LCG, July 27, 2001--Demands by the Kansas Corporation Commission for rate cuts could scotch plans by Public Service Co. of New Mexico to acquire two utilities from Western Resources Inc., the companies said yesterday.

Last year, PNM agreed to pay $1.5 billion in an all-stock deal to purchase two regulated utility operations of Western Resources, Kansas Power & Light Co. and Kansas Gas & Electric Co. The two utilities serve more than 630,000 customers in the Sunflower State.

Though Western Resources had asked Kansas regulators for a $150 million rate increase, the KCC voted instead to raise those rates by $22 million.

Also, last Friday, the KCC found that Western Resources' plan to restructure by splitting off its regulated utility business from its unregulated businesses would harm its electric operations.

David Wittig, chief executive of Western Resources, was hopeful. "We believe that we understand the KCC's concerns with the current transaction and are hopeful that we can reach agreement with PNM on alternative terms that will permit the transaction to move forward and provide the benefits that we believe the combination will bring to our customers and shareholders," he said.

But Jeff Sterba, his counterpart at PNM was less so. "PNM doesn't believe that the split-off and other transactions envisioned in our merger agreement with Western Resources can be accomplished on the agreed terms if the KCC's orders remain in effect," he fretted.

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