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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Industry News

Enron May Drop Selling Price to $5 Billion

LCG, Nov. 27, 2001--With the investment community casting growing doubt on the future of Dynegy Inc.'s agreement to purchase much larger Enron Corp. for $8.3 billion, Enron may try to keep the deal alive by cutting its price to about $5 billion, the Wall Street Journal reported today.

Under the stock swap agreement reached two weeks ago between Dynegy and Enron, each share of Dynegy would fetch 3.72 shares of Enron. Dynegy closed yesterday on the new York Stock Exchange at $29.25, which would place a value of $7.86 on each Enron share.

However, Enron closed at $4.01, after trading at all time lows during the day.

The Wall Street Journal said renegotiation of the two-week-old deal, and particularly the exchange ratio for the stock swap, is almost unprecedented in corporate transactions.

Clearly something had to give because of an escape clause in the agreement that give Dynegy the option to walk away from the deal if there is a material deterioration in Enron's business or assets. Recent news has painted Enron as a house of cards, burdened by $13 billion in debt and with relatively few hard assets.

Enron also is attempting to head off a liquidity crisis by negotiating to extend the maturity dates of some of its borrowings, the paper said.

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