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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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Wait 'Til Next Year for New EPA Power Plant Rules

LCG, Nov. 12, 2001--The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency said Friday it will likely miss its self-imposed year-end deadline for issuing stricter power plant air pollution standards.

New proposals from the Bush administration are also being awaited by the Senate Environment and Public Works Committee headed by Sen. James M. Jeffords, the Independent from Vermont. The committee has said it will move ahead with legislation calling for cuts of at least 75 percent in power plant emissions.

A recent EPA study supported claims by U.S. utilities that the proposed limits on carbon dioxide, sulphur dioxide, nitrogen oxides and mercury would increase the cost of power by more than a third and have a calamitous effect on the U.S. economy.

Last week, Bill Harnett, a division director of EPA's Office of Air Quality Planning and Standards, told a meeting of the National Coal Council that the EPA would likely issue its new standards early next year.

Jeffords wants the 75 percent emissions cuts in place sometime in the coming year, but the Bush administration said last week it will oppose the legislation. The administration would regard carbon dioxide as a non-pollutant and provide trading mechanisms for the other three.

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