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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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Kazakhstan Hopes to Boost Gas Exports

LCG, Nov. 13, 2001--The government of Kazakhstan is exploring the possibility of exporting natural gas to Europe through Russia's Gazprom pipeline system, Kazakh Deputy Energy and Natural Resources Minister Uzakbay Karabalin said at a government session this morning.

Although it is possible at present to transport Kazakh gas through the Central Asia-Center pipeline and through Russian gas transportation systems, it is also possible that Kazakhstan and investors producing gas in the republic will participate in the expansion and modernization of existing Russian gas pipelines, BBC reported.

Kazakhstan is also looking to transport gas to Turkey through a new Tengiz-Turkmenbashi-Baku-Tbilisi-Erzerum pipeline, but Karabalin said it would be first necessary to "resolve the issue of the status of the Caspian Sea and prepare a final estimate of its oil and gas reserves."

According to Karabalin, "a more interesting" export route for Kazakh gas is the Central Asia-Pakistan-India gas pipeline. According to forecasts from the World Bank, total gas consumption in these countries will amount to more than 4 trillion cubic feet in 2010.

Still, the Gazprom connection to Europe is the most promising of all Kazakh gas transportation projects, Karabalin said.

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