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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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Mid-American Unit Sues SoCal Ed over Payment

LCG, Nov. 15, 2001--A subsidiary of a major Midwestern utility holding company said it filed a $100 million lawsuit yesterday against Southern California Edison Co., alleging the struggling utility has reneged on an agreement to pay part of its past-due bill.

CalEnergy Operating Corp., which is 50 percent owned by Mid-American Energy Holdings Corp., said it file suit in California Superior Court in Imperial County claiming SoCal Ed had reneged on an October promise to begin paying overdue bills for electricity produced at its geothermal plants.

In exchange for that agreement, CalEnergy and several other non-utility power producers known as "qualifying facilities" agreed not to file a petition which would force the utility into involuntary bankruptcy.

David Sokol, chairman of CalEnergy's parent company, said SoCal Ed "is reneging on its agreements with renewable energy producers. Edison protects its shareholders while little players across the state, including vendors and landowners in Imperial County, suffer."

Qualifying facilities are not, for the most part, "renewable energy producers." Most are medium-size conventional gas-fueled plants, many of which are cogeneration units, built in response to the Public Utility Regulatory Policies Act (PURPA) of 1978.

SoCal Ed took umbrage in a statement issued yesterday. "We categorically reject as untrue the claim that SCE breached any settlement agreement with CalEnergy or otherwise acted inappropriately," the utility said, adding that it hoped to be able to pay all its creditors early in the new year.

"Meanwhile, we believe it is important to deal fairly and equitably with all creditors and not to single out one group for preferential payments," the company said.

Mid-American Energy is majority owned by billionaire investor Warren Buffett's Berkshire Hathaway Inc. and is the largest utility in Iowa, with operations extending into Illinois and South Dakota.

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