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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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Indian Lenders Sue Enron's Dabhol Power

LCG, Nov. 8, 2001--Enron Corp.'s Dabhol Power Co. in western India yesterday canceled a meeting with four Indian lenders after the institutions filed a lawsuit against the U.S. energy company and three other parties demanding that work on the unfinished Dabhol power station be resumed.

Enron was scheduled to begin two days of meetings today in Singapore with the lenders to discuss bids by two Indian companies to acquire a stake in the $2.9 billion Dabhol Power Co.

Industrial Bank of India, Industrial Finance Corporation of India, State Bank of India and ICICI petitioned a Bombay court to demand that work on the power project in the western Indian state of Maharashtra be resumed to ensure adequate cash flows to the project and help its promoters make payments to the four financial institutions.

The 740 megawatt Phase 1 of Dabhol had been producing power for nearly a year and the 2,144 megawatt Phase 2 was less than a month from completion when Enron shut down both last June, citing difficulty in getting paid for power generated by Dabhol.

If work at Dabhol were resumed, the problem of getting paid would still exist. For that reason, the suit initiated by the four lenders also includes as defendants the government of India, the government of Maharashtra state and the Maharashtra State Electricity Board, which is Dabhol's sole customer.

The Singapore meeting was to have addressed bids by two Indian companies, Tata Power and Bombay Suburban Electricity Supply, to acquire Enron's 65 percent stake in Dabhol. Enron has lowered its selling price from $1 billion to $850 billion.

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