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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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Terrorist Threat Could Scuttle Maryland LNG Plant

The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission on Friday met with state and local officials to discussnational security concerns connected with restarting a liquefied natural gas plant near the Calvert Cliffs nuclear power plant in southern Maryland.

Last month, FERC gave permission to The Williams Cos. to reopen and expand the company's Cove Point liquefied natural gas plant despite concerns that the facility could be subject to sabotage that would threaten a nearby nuclear plant owned by Baltimore utility Constellation Energy Group.

Massachusetts officials shut down an LNG terminal in Boston following the September 11 attacks on the World Trade Center and the Pentagon. Officials feared an LNG tanker entering Boston harbor could be subject to sabotage, causing massive damage.

Democrat Sen. Barbara Mikulski of Maryland had demanded that FERC reconsider its approval order from last month. "You must carefully consider the fact that the Cove Point facility is within 3.5 miles of the Calvert Cliffs nuclear power plant and the ships that carry liquefied natural gas from Algeria or other countries will be under foreign flag with foreign crews," Mikulski said in a letter to FERC.

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