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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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Frisco Voters Approve Municipal Utility

LCG, Nov. 7, 2001--With all but about 9,000 absentee ballots counted this morning, a proposition to create a municipal utility in San Francisco appeared to have won by a 51 to 49 percent vote.

It may be a while before the absentee votes are counted. Yesterday, the envelopes containing them were taken to an auditorium instead of City Hall for fear that any possible anthrax contamination could close down the building.

Officials said they had received no threats but were just playing it safe. "It would be remiss to say that there are no fears of that," said Tammy Haygood, director of the Department of Elections, referring to anthrax. "We had no known threat of that."

Proposition F, one of two measures on yesterday's ballot that would create a municipal utility, seems to have won, but a second measure, Proposition I that would have included the town of Brisbane, appears to have lost by the same 51 to 49 percent margin. In Brisbane, voters rejected the proposal with 760 against and 190 in favor.

Pacific Gas & Electric Co., which had campaigned vigorously against both measures, may have shot itself in the foot. On Monday, its parent holding company, PG&E Corp., announced a 243 percent increase in profits for the third quarter.

PG&E did not concede defeat, saying this morning in a statement "Voters saw through the MUD proposal and realized it did not offer a solution to the power generation crisis." The company did not explain how it saw a 51 to 49 vote in favor of Proposition F as rejection.

Proposition F, if it is eventually declared the winner and withstands expected court challenges, would allow an elected board to declare eminent domain and buy PG&E's electric distribution system, for what the utility fears would be pennies on the dollar.

Proponents of the measure pointed to Los Angeles, where the Department of Water and Power not only kept the lights on during the worst of the California power crunch when rolling blackouts plagued much of the state but had power to spare, selling it to California at market prices.

There is a difference. The LADWP owns its own generation, with a healthy reserve capacity. San Francisco owns only three dams on the Hetch Hetchy water system. They have a maximum capacity of 334.5 megawatts, about a third of San Francisco's standard load, and have that power only when there is plenty of water in the rivers of the Sierra Nevadas.

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