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

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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