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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U.S. Renewables Conference set for California

LCG, Nov. 1, 2001--Interior Secretary Gale Norton and Energy Secretary Spencer Abraham will host a conference in Pomona, Calif., November 29 on the future development of solar, geothermal wind and biomass on public land.

The idea for the conference, which is expected to attract armies of renewable energy experts, came from a recommendation by Vice President Dick Cheney in his May National Energy Policy report that federal agencies re-evaluate the potential for energy development on federal property.

"President Bush's national energy plan promotes conservation, diversifies our energy supply and increases the variety of fuel sources we use -- all keys to reduce our dependence on a single type of fuel," Norton said. "We need coal, oil and natural gas, but we also need wind, solar, geothermal and biomass power."

The conference will be held at the Los Angeles County Fair Complex, and the site selection was a disappointment to Nevada lawmakers who had hoped the summit would be held somewhere in Nevada. The Department of the Interior is landlord to 83 percent of Nevada's land, but Norton has yet to visit the state.

"Certainly, I'm disappointed the summit is not in Nevada," said Sen. John Ensign, R-Nev., who along with Sen. Harry Reid, D-Nev., asked Norton to host the summit in the state. Reid was less disappointed. "I don't care where the conference is held," he said. "California has potential, too."

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