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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Enron's Dabhol Power, Lenders to Meet in London

LCG, Nov. 27, 2001--Dabhol Power Co., the huge power project in India that is 65 percent owned by Enron Corp. of the U.S., will meet with its lenders in two separate meetings in London this Friday and Saturday and may decide the fate of India's largest foreign investment.

The meetings will consider proposals which would allow Dabhol to terminate its agreement with the Maharashtra State Electricity Board. Enron had issued a preliminary notice of termination last May with a deadline of November 19, but a Bombay court, acting on an appeal by Indian lenders, asked Dabhol to withhold a notice of termination until December 3.

The Indian financial institution feared that if the contract with the MSEB were terminated they would have little chance of recovering the $1.4 billion they have advance the $2.9 billion project.

Non-Indian lenders, led by Citibank and Bank of America, both of the U.S., will meet Friday to consider giving Dabhol their permission to issue the notice of termination. Also on Friday, the Dabhol board will meet in London to consider giving the project's management authority to issue the notice of termination.

Enron, which owns 65 percent of Dabhol, and two other U.S. firms, General Electric Co. and Bechtel Enterprises -- each with 10 percent -- are fed up with doing business in India and would like to exit the subcontinent.

Their departure would be a blow to India's 10-year-old electricity sector reform program, which had already seen the departure of five other foreign companies which cited bureaucratic delays and legal wrangling as a steady diet when doing business in India.

If Dabhol issues its final notice of termination, the brouhaha would move to international arbitration to resolve arguments over damages.

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