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 Releases 2002 Power Forecast

LCG, Nov. 21, 2001--The California Energy Commission yesterday afternoon released its electricity supply and demand forecast for 2002, saying that while it assumes that the market will function normally, price spikes continue to be a concern if electricity supplies are tight.

California avoided rolling blackouts this past summer -- by the skin of its teeth. Despite predictions of day after day of summer power outages, no load shedding took place after May 8. The commission gives full credit for this to conservation efforts by consumers and businesses, but the major credit should go to a benign mother nature, who provided a much cooler than normal summer, with commensurate reduction in air-conditioning use.

The commission is pinning its hopes for next summer on continuing conservation, but has not made arrangements for another cool summer. It said if summer 2002 conservation efforts stay the same or decline only moderately, the state should have adequate electricity supplies to meet demand.

The Energy Commission projects a supply surplus of approximately 340 megawatts including new generation of 4,000 megawatts expected on line by July 2002. In an emergency declared by the California Independent System Operator, there are also an additional 1,700 megawatts of electricity that could be available from large users participating in interruptible/emergency demand responsive programs.

The commission noted that twelve new power plants, including ten simple cycle units, added 2,100 megawatts of new generation to the State's electricity system this year, but does not mention that the total represented only 42 percent of the 5,000 megawatts of new generation Gov. Gray Davis had "guaranteed" would be on-line by July 1.

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