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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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EdF Eyes Britain's Largest Transmission Net

LCG, Nov. 5, 2001--Electricit de France is considering the purchase of East Anglian Electricity, Britain's biggest regional power distribution network, in a deal that could bring its owner, TXU Corp. of the U.S., between 1.3 billion ($1.9 billion U.S.) and 1.5 billion ($2.2 billion), the Financial Times reported Saturday.

TXU has said it wants to concentrate on its UK electricity retailing interests as well as investing to expand in continental Europe.

The paper noted that EdF already owns jointly with TXU a company that manages the local transmission networks of eastern England and neighboring London Electricity, which it bought for 1.9 billion ($2.78 billion) in 1998.

"EdF, which sells power and gas to (3 million) UK electricity customers, mostly in London and south west England, is a natural candidate to buy the (55,300-mile) long network," the Financial Times said.

EdF's expansion outside of France has been roundly criticized by British, Spanish and German authorities who complain that the French government-run company has been dragging its feet on opening its own territory to foreign investment.

In addition to London Electricity, EdF owns Sweb (South West Electricity Board), which it bought in 1999, and two large English power stations at Sutton Bridge in Lincolnshire and Cottam, Nottinghamshire, which it acquired last year for about 800 million ($1.15 billion).

Any move by EdF to acquire East Anglian would come under investigation by the European Commission, which is currently investigating moves by Spanish and Italian authorities restricting foreign state-owned companies from buying into domestic energy companies.

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