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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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SoCal Ed Special Session Put Off a Week

LCG, Sept. 28, 2001--California Gov. Gray Davis yesterday called a special session of the state legislature for October 9 in an effort to get legislation passed that would save the state's second-largest utility, Southern California Edison Co., from bankruptcy.

The governor's office had said earlier this week that the special session would be called for October 2 -- next Tuesday.

Steve Maviglio, the governor's spokesman, said the delay would be used to build political support for the SoCal Ed "rescue" package. "We've had constructive talks all week and we want to continue those talks," he said.

"This is a time of great economic uncertainty," Davis said in a statement announcing the session. "Another utility bankruptcy is not in anyone's interest."

Davis faces two huge obstacles in his effort to keep SoCal Ed out of bankruptcy court, where the state's largest utility, Pacific Gas & Electric Co. put itself in April when it sought protection under Chapter 11 of the U.S. bankruptcy law.

In the first place, two of SoCal Ed's leading creditors, Mirant Corp. and Reliant Energy inc., have been openly seeking support for a petition that would force the Southern California company into involuntary bankruptcy. It only take three creditors to file such a petition and the utility has hundreds of creditors who are nervous about getting their money.

The other hurdle is gaining support from lawmakers, even those within his own Democrat Party. When the legislature adjourned for the year on September 15 without passing a SoCal Ed bailout measure, Democrat Sen. John Burton, president pro tem of the state Senate, said "We should have killed this baby once and for all," referring to the rescue package.

Burton said at the time that the SoCal Ed legislation had support of only seven members of the 40-member chamber.

A third problem for Davis might be that one or both houses of the legislature might simply refuse to convene a special session. Sources in the state Senate said that Burton would only return for a special session if an agreement had been reached and progress in the past few days indicated that a deal was possible.

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