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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Calpine Buys Out Bechtel in NorCal Projects

LCG, Nov. 7, 2001--Calpine Corp. said yesterday it has acquired the 50 percent interest of partner Bechtel Enterprises in three power plant projects in the San Francisco Bay Area. Calpine paid $154 million in cash and assumed about $141 million in cash to add a little more than 1,000 megawatts of owned generation.

That power isn't ready for delivery as yet. The three projects are:

  • The 880 megawatt Delta Energy Center in Pittsburg, in the northeast Bay Area near the mouth of the Sacramento River. The plant is under construction and is expected to begin commercial operation next spring.

  • The 600 megawatt Metcalf Energy Center in south San Jose. The project was recently licensed by the California Energy Commission and is expected to be in operation by the end of 2003.

  • The 600 megawatt Russell City Energy Center in Hayward, across the bay from Palo Alto. The project is under development and is currently being considered for licensing by the Energy Commission. If approved, Calpine hopes to have the plant on-line by the summer of 2004.

"Calpine intends to have 12,000 megawatts of clean, efficient generating capacity on line in the California market within the next five years," according to Rick Thomas, vice president for finance and development. "Today, our California portfolio includes approximately 9,800 megawatts of natural gas-fired and geothermal facilities in operation, under construction and in announced development."

Bechtel isn't getting out of the power business in which it has played a major role since the mid-1940s. Doug Brown, vice president and manager of power development said "We intend to continue to play an active role in the California power generation market, by investing in the state's energy infrastructure, and helping them meet their growing energy and fuel supply needs."

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