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Xcel Energy Expands Plans to Add Wind Farm Capacity to 3,380 MW

LCG, March 23, 2017--Xcel Energy yesterday announced plans to make the largest multi-state investment in wind capacity in the country. The proposed plan is expected to increase the amount of wind energy in the Xcel's energy mix by 2021, with wind fueling nearly 35 percent of its total energy mix.

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First Solar Starts Operations of the 250-MW Moapa Southern Paiute Solar Project

LCG, March 22, 2017--First Solar, Inc. Friday held the commissioning ceremony for the Moapa Southern Paiute Solar Project, located approximately 30 miles north of Las Vegas on the Moapa River Indian Reservation. The power generated by the 250-MW solar photovoltaic (PV) project will be purchased under a 25-year power purchase agreement (PPA) with the Los Angeles Department of Water and Power(LADWP).

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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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