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New York PSC Approves Ravenswood Energy Storage Project

LCG, October 18, 2019--The New York State Public Service Commission (PSC) yesterday approved construction of the largest battery storage facility in New York State history. The 316-MW Ravenswood Energy Storage Project will be built in Long Island City, Queens, New York and scheduled to be partially operational by March 2021.

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Xcel Energy, EVRAZ North America and Lightsource BP Announce 250-MW Solar Project in Colorado

LCG, October 1, 2019--Xcel Energy, EVRAZ North America and Lightsource BP announced Friday that they have reached a long-term agreement to develop a 240-MW solar facility in Colorado. Lightsource BP will finance, build, own and operate the Bighorn Solar project and sell all the electricity it generates to Xcel Energy under a long-term power purchase agreement (PPA). The project will be built on EVRAZ Rocky Mountain Steel property in Pueblo, making it the largest on-site solar facility dedicated to a single customer in the country.

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National Guard on Duty at Four More Entergy Nukes

LCG, Nov. 1, 2001--Entergy Corp. said yesterday that three southern states have ordered National Guard troops to pull guard duty at four of its nuclear power stations, following a warning by U.S. Attorney General John Ashcroft of possible new terrorist attacks.

Entergy, which is the third-largest U.S. power generator, said it had asked for the National Guard troops because of a generally heightened state of alert. "This involves no specific threat but there is a general credible threat against nuclear facilities and we are taking what we believe are appropriate precautions," spokesman Phil Fisher said.

The National Guard was called out to protect Entergy nuclear plants in Arkansas, Louisiana and Mississippi. Similar action was taken last month to protect Entergy nukes in New York and Massachusetts.

The company said it had initiated discussions with the governors of the three southern states following Ashcroft's warning Monday that terrorist attacks may be carried out in the next week against unspecified U.S. targets at home or overseas.

The office of the governor of Arkansas said in a statement "In response to concerns about terrorist threats, Entergy has requested assistance from Gov. Huckabee and the Arkansas Department of Emergency Management to increase security at Arkansas Nuclear One," a two-reactor plant about 70 miles northwest of Little Rock.

Fisher said "We have no reason to believe that any attack is planned against Arkansas Nuclear One or any other nuclear plant that we are aware of."

But everyone will feel better with a few platoons of armed men wearing camouflage fatigues walking the perimeter of Entergy's nuclear power plants.

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