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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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Madison Gas and Electric To Form Holding Company

LCG, Nov. 5, 2001--Madison Gas & Electric Co. said Friday it has filed a registration statement with the Securities and Exchange Commission regarding its proposal to create a holding company named MGE Energy, Inc.

MG&E said it is planning to build and own new power plants to meet growing customer needs and forming a holding company expands the company's options for financing this new generation. "The holding company structure gives us more financing flexibility for each new project we undertake" said Jeff Newman, MG&E vice president and treasurer.

The company stressed that it had no intention of pursuing global initiatives irrelevant to its Wisconsin customers. "MG&E will continue its focus on the utility business in our local communities," said Gary Wolter, president and chief executive. "We are a community energy company and will remain one. The holding company will only increase our ability to serve our customers and shareholders well."

Among the projects that prompted plans for the new holding company is a cogeneration project to provide steam and chilled water for the University of Wisconsin-Madison and electricity for householders in MG&E's service territory. The company said the holding company structure facilitates the construction and financing of this project.

Under the holding company proposal, shares of MG&E common stock would be exchanged on a one-for-one basis for shares of MGE Energy, Inc. Company shareholders will vote on the holding company proposal at their annual meeting next May. All other approvals are expected to be completed by summer 2002.

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