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Mississippi Power Proceeds with Another Solar PV Project

LCG, April 28, 2016--Southern Company subsidiary Mississippi Power and Silicon Ranch Corporation held a groundbreaking ceremony for the state's largest solar farm yesterday in Hattiesburg. The 50-MW solar PV project is estimated to cost $100 million and is scheduled to commence operations by early 2017.

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ESC Files Application with FERC for the Empire State Connector "HVDC" Transmission Project

LCG, April 27, 2016--Empire State Connector Corp. (ESC) announced yesterday that it has filed an application with the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) for authority to negotiate agreements with customers for transmission service on a 260-mile long high voltage direct current (HVDC) electric transmission line designed to deliver 1,000 MW of energy and capacity directly into New York City from generating sources located in upstate New York. ESC has assumed the full market risk for the $1.5 billion construction cost so at to cause no negative impact on ratepayers. The project is scheduled to be in-service in 2021.

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Power Outage Hits Boston Moments After Governor Warns Utilities of Fines for Outages

LCG, Aug. 24, 2001--A scant three hours after Massachusetts Acting Gov. Jane M. Swift had officials of the state's electric utilities on the carpet, warning them that they could be fined for power outages that plagued the Bay State this summer, the lights went out for nearly 6,000 customers in the Boston Area.

Swift had called executives of NStar Corp., Massachusetts Electric Co., Fitchburg Gas & Electric Co. and Western Massachusetts Electric Co. to her office to tell them that the state Department of Telecommunications and Energy will hold hearings later this year on power outages suffered by state electric customers this summer.

The Boston Globe reported that Boston alone has suffered more than 500,000 customer-hours of blackouts since July 12. That's the equivalent of every household in Beantown losing power for two hours.

Earlier this month, about 30,000 Boston customers of NStar lost power on a day when temperatures hit 100 and some didn't get it back for two days. "NStar" is the cloak of anonymity adopted by Boston Edison Co. when it reorganized to take advantage of electric deregulation in Massachusetts. When it was called Boston Edison, you knew where it was and what it did.

But NStar and the other utilities aren't moving targets, and Swift warned them that they would be fined if the Telecommunications and Energy Department hearings show this summer's outages could have been avoided.

During the brief interval between the warning and the next outage, Swift told reporters "If in fact the investigation (the DTE) will perform warrants, the penalties would be imposed based on the failures and the disruption of service that happened this summer."

Massachusetts Secretary of State William F. Galvin said he wants to find out whether the utilities are violating part of the 1998 electric deregulation law that requires them to maintain staffing and maintenance at 1997 levels. He said his neighborhood alone has had excessive outages for years.

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