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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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California Congressman Puts Heat on Cal-ISO

LCG, Nov. 19, 2001--U.S. Rep. Doug Ose, a California Republican, has demanded that the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission act on what he says is preferential treatment of the California Department of Water Resources by the California Independent System Operator.

In a letter last Thursday to FERC, which was released Friday, Ose said dealings between the two state agencies contravene the required independence of the ISO. Reliant Energy Inc. and Mirant Corp. filed a complaint with FERC last month alleging that information-sharing between the two groups violates the ISO's tariff.

Ose backed up his letter with a copy of a confidential memo from Eric Woychik, described as having inside knowledge of the water agency, to ISO board member Mike Florio, who is also a lawyer for an anti-utility gadfly group, The Utility Return Network.

Ose did not tell how he came by the memo, but said it revealed "egregious examples of interference by CDWR in the electricity market."

How confidential was the memo? In it, Woychik wrote "If the press, Legislature, or FERC get wind of this, I think we are toast!!!"

Woychik's memo said that CDWR scheduling practices resulted in "very large additional costs for purchases," and compromised reliability. He cited as an example an instance when the water agency required the ISO to accept bilateral contracts for $400 per megawatt-hour when cheaper coal-fired generation from a Nevada plant was available for $60.

In his letter to FERC, Ose said the memo "clearly illustrates the perils of a lack of independence" at the ISO.

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