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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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Rhode Island Bill Would Spur Electric Competition

LCG, Feb. 27, 2002--A bill introduced by Rhode Island lawmakers would attempt to make lower power prices available to the state's small power users.

House Speaker John B. Harwood, D-Pawtucket, and Rep. Brian P. Kennedy, D-Hopkinton, say that the proposed legislation is meant to succeed in ways that the Utilities Restructuring Act of 1996 did not. Since, 1998, customers have been able to choose a supplier other than Narragansett Electric.

Marketers are generally not seen as being as willing to court consumers as they are large businesses, due to the relatively high cost needed to attract a small amount of additional consumer sales. One part of the bill would allow municipalities to solicit bids from suppliers on behalf of their residents, and switch all residents' to the least expensive supplier except for those who opted not to be switched. Thirty-four Rhode Island towns are already realizing savings based on a deal negotiated by the Rhode Island League of Cities and Towns for a duration of five years beginning in 1999.

Despite the bill's focus on allowing aggregation of tens of thousands of customers, it would also give individual customers an option to select higher-priced "green power" produced from renewable resources.

Rate structures would have to reflect different time-of-day costs. In Washington state, a move to higher charges for customers during day-time peak periods have coincided with a shift in power usage towards off-peak periods, when lower prices are in place.

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