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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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Madison G&E Asks for Rate Hike

LCG, July 30, 2001--Madison Gas and Electric Co. said Friday it has filed an application with the Public Service Commission of Wisconsin to recover additional costs associated with "providing reliable gas and electric service."

The proposed rate change is a $12 million, or 5.8 percent increase over current electric rates and a 0.7 percent increase in gas rates. This would result in a monthly increase of $3.24 for a typical residential electric customer and an increase of 58 cents for an average residential gas customer, the company said.

Madison Gas & Electric said the request includes replacement power expenses for an extended outage at the Columbia Generating Station which is set to be out of service an extra six weeks for major generator repairs next spring. The company owns 22 percent of the plant and receives more than 40 percent of its base power needs from Columbia.

"Columbia provides a large portion of our customers' power needs," said Jeffrey Newman, MG&E vice president and treasurer. "During a plant outage, replacement power comes primarily from new, natural gas-fired plants at much higher costs."

Newman noted that the request is limited to specific issues. "We are committed to supplyingreliable power to our customers at the lowest cost possible. We will not compromise our high levelof service," he said.

Madison Gas & Electric generates, transmits and distributes electricity to 126,000 customers inDane County, Wisc., and transports and distributes natural gas to 114,000 customers in seven south-central and western Wisconsin counties.

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