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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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California Promises Frisco Cheap Power if it goes Muni

LCG, Nov. 5, 2001--The chairman of California's new power authority said on Friday his agency would sell San Francisco low-cost electricity if voters decide leave the Pacific Gas & Electric Co. system and create a municipal utility.

S. David Freeman was in San Francisco at the invitation of supporters of two propositions on tomorrow's ballot which would pave the way for creation of a new public power system.

Freeman, who said he wasn't electioneering, made his presentation on the steps of San Francisco's City Hall. He said he was in town simply to lay out the facts, one of which was "This is a chance for San Francisco to start fresh."

He heads the oddly-named California Consumer Power and Conservation Financing Authority, which has the power and authority to build, own and operate generating stations in competition with the state's utilities. And Freeman promised the city cut-rate power if the voters showed the good sense to form a municipal utility.

"We're sort of the Costco of the power market," Freeman said.

Well, not yet. The power authority has no plants and no contracts for capacity, and Freeman conceded that he didn't have any power to sell to San Francisco. But he said his agency could help out with low-cost financing for San Francisco power projects.

Frank Gallagher, a spokesman for PG&E which opposes both ballot measures, said Freeman might be speaking for himself but doubted he represented the views of all five members who govern the power authority. "What he said may sound great, but it's just a desperate, last-minute attempt to move voters," Gallagher said.

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