Duke Energy Renewables Announces Commercial Operations Achieved for 150-MW Solar Project

LCG, June 20, 2019--Duke Energy Renewables, a subsidiary of Duke Energy, yesterday announced that its 150-MW North Rosamond solar project in Kern County, California, has commenced commercial operation. The power produced from the project is being sold to Southern California Edison (SCE) under a 15-year agreement.

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ERCOT 2019 Summer Quarter Outlook

LCG, May 29, 2019-- LCG released a new summer (June – September 2019) report that looks at how the ERCOT grid copes with strained network conditions. Resource adequacy analysis for the region is especially important during extreme summer loading conditions. This summer the network is under particular scrutiny as the reserves have tightened because of recent retirements.

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Industry News

Fund Could Offset Energy Price Spikes in Edmonton

LCG, Feb. 6, 2002--Alberta's Revenue Minister said that representatives at a Future Summit Meeting discussed setting aside funds to be used when Alberta energy prices increase.

The minister, Greg Melchin, said that the existing Heritage Fund, created in 1976 to accumulate surplus energy revenues, could be used to make sure that other budgetary priorities are not impacted by high energy prices. It would also assist in maintaining reliable electric service, said Melchin.

The government did not approve similar proposals made in prior years, but the idea was revived during the two-day Future Summit's coverage of fiscal matters. A report by the Institute of Chartered Accountants of Alberta suggested that Alberta's remaining debt could be paid off with $6 billion, and that $3.5 billion could be used for the stabilization fund. The value of the Heritage Fund currently stands at $12 billion, and would receive additional funds from surplus revenues when they occurred.

While the conference proceedings suggested that support exists for countering boom-and-bust energy prices' effects, Melchin said that the province would need to "bring clarity" concerning Heritage Fund transactions.
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