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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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AES to Acquire 600 Megawatt South Africa Plant

LCG, Nov. 9, 2001--AES Corp. said this morning that it and a minority partner, Global African Power, Ltd., have entered into agreements to purchase a 50 percent interest the 600 megawatt coal-fired Kelvin Power Station in the Republic of South Africa for $23 million.

AES said it will own 95 percent of the joint venture that is buying the plant, with GAP having an option to increase its ownership to 13 percent over five years.

The plant, which is located on the outskirts of Johannesburg, will sell it's entire output to City Power Johannesburg Pty Ltd, the distribution company for the City of Johannesburg, under the terms of a 20 year power purchase agreement.

The joint venture is buying the plant from the City of Johannesburg's municipal utility, which will retain a 50 percent interest.

In addition to the purchase price, AES has committed to invest about $15 million in capital to modernize the plant, including pollution control upgrades, and expects to spend another $11 million for worker transition costs over the first three years of operation.

John Stanley-Miller, AES project director, said "This is a good business for AES as we have a 20 year power purchase agreement with a fixed capacity payment, hedged against exchange rate risk and a pass-through on the energy cost. The structure of the contract means that AES does not take either heat rate or fuel price risk".

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