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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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Entergy Joins Proposed Southeast RTO

LCG, Nov. 21, 2001--Entergy Corp. said yesterday that it has joined the proposed SeTrans Grid Co. regional transmission organization, a new RTO that would serve the Southeastern U.S. and is backed by The Southern Co., which provides power to nearly 4 million customers in Georgia, Florida, Alabama, and Mississippi.

While the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission has said it favors consolidation of the nation's grid operators into four regional RTOs, utilities in the Southeast are reluctant to go along. Southern has said that several small independent system operators would serve the region better.

Southern has also said that setting up one huge regional network to provide what FERC calls "seamless" transmission access and market operations to all participants would require expensive transmission system upgrades that would be passed on to customer's power bills.

Yesterday, Entergy said the SeTrans model "is the best platform to achieve the mutual goals of the various involved companies."

The companies filed a status report on the RTO plan with FERC yesterday, including the information that Entergy has joined SeTrans.

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