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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Cal-ISO Appoints Itself Power Plant Watchdog

LCG, Nov. 30, 2001--The California independent System operator, which has had trouble explaining its role to the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission, has decided to appoint itself watchdog for power plant maintenance and availability in California.

Cal-ISO's board of governors decided yesterday that the agency should set up strict maintenance standards and an enforcement program to make sure owners keep their power plants in good shape and able to deliver electricity whenever the ISO says to do so.

Cal-ISO will have to ask FERC's approval to begin the program next spring.

Power producers and possibly FERC could find objectionable a part of the Cal-ISO plan that would permit it to conduct "surprise" inspections of power plants to make sure maintenance routines are being followed. The cops can't inspect your home without a warrant.

The maintenance standard would be based on records kept by the state's three investor-owned utilities when they owned the plants.

"If you bought a used car, you'd sure like to get the maintenance records and the owner's manual with it," said Phil Pettingill, manager of transmission facilities for the ISO. The analogy won't wash.

If we bought a used car, we'd like the maintenance records and the owner's manual, but we wouldn't share them with a state bureaucrat who wanted to tell us when to drive the car.

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