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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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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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