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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Greenspan Says Free Markets the Best Energy Policy

LCG, Nov. 14, 2001--Federal Reserve Chairman Alan Greenspan said yesterday that allowing operation of free markets to determine prices, allocate resources and foster development of energy sources would be the best energy policy for the United States.

Greenspan said he believed all current forms of energy, including oil, natural gas, coal and nuclear power, would play major roles in supplying the country's energy needs in coming years, according to the Associated Press.

The Fed chief said it is crucial that political and bureaucratic intervention in energy markets be kept to a minimum so that the correct pricing signals would be sent.

"We must remember that the same price signals that are so critical for balancing energy supply and demand in the short run also signal profit opportunities for long-term supply expansion," Greenspan told an audience at Rice University. "Moreover, they stimulate the research and development that will unlock new approaches to energy production and use that we can now only scarcely envision."

It was the second time this year that Greenspan has devoted a major speech to energy. In both talks, he encouraged development of all sources of energy and increased efforts to promote conservation and renewable energy supplies such as solar power, AP said.

Yesterday, Greenspan said that market forces had dealt effectively with the sharp jump in natural gas prices, home heating oil and gasoline that occurred last winter, and with electric power shortages in California.

He also spoke favorably about the potential for nuclear power, but stressed the importance of addressing "concerns of making plants safe from terrorist attacks" and finding acceptable ways to dispose of spent nuclear fuel from the power plants.

(The accumulation of spent fuel at two Minnesota nuclear power plants has forced their owner, Xcel Energy Inc., to look for sources of replacement power in case the plants have to be shut down. That story is reported on elsewhere in today's EnergyOnline Daily News.)

Greenspan did not comment on the future course of the U.S. economy other than to say that "developments in energy markets will remain central in determining the long-run health of our nation's economy."

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