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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Davis' PR Hitman Quits Without Pay

LCG, July 31, 2001Chris Lehane, one of two spin doctors for former President Clinton who have helped shape California Gov. Gray Davis' response to the state's energy crunch, has cut ties with the administration and won't be paid for work already completed, the Sacramento Bee reported this morning.

Lehane and his partner, Mark Fabiani, were hired by Davis in May on a six-month, $30,000-a-month contract. Fabiani left last month an neither will receive any money for their services, the paper said.

Because Lehane and Fabiani each received at least $10,000 under contract with Southern California Edison Co. in the past year, Lewis Uhler, president of the National Tax Limitation Committee, filed a lawsuit alleging that conflict of interest laws had been violated.

Davis spokesman Steve Maviglio, himself caught in the conflict of interest controversy, said Lehane and Fabiani were instrumental in persuading the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission to limit the wholesale cost of power in the state.

"Chris Lehane provided an invaluable service to the people of California in helping us get action after a yearlong wait from FERC," Maviglio told the Bee. "It's a shame that politics gets in the way of public service."

Uhler, however, said he believes Lehane and Fabiani represent a larger problem in the Davis administration, and he pointed to the recent dismissal of energy traders who held stock in energy companies.

"Doesn't anybody in the Governor's Office understand conflict of interest?" he asked.

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