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New York Announces 1,700 MW of New Offshore Wind Projects and 70 Percent Renewables Requirement by 2030

LCG, July 22, 2019--The Governor of New York announced last Thursday that the State has executed the nation's largest offshore wind agreement - totaling approximately 1,700 MW - in U.S. history. The Governor also signed the Climate Leadership and Community Protection Act (CLCPA), which includes a mandates of 9,000 MW of offshore wind by 2035, 70 percent renewable energy by 2030, plus a Zero-Carbon Emission Electric Sector by 2040.

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Georgia PSC Approves Georgia Power's 2019 IRP

LCG, July 18, 2019--The Georgia Public Service Commission (PSC) has unanimously approved Southern Company subsidiary Georgia Power's 2019 Integrated Resource Plan (IRP), which was submitted in late January.

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Lawsuit Filed to Void Long-Term Electricity Contracts

LCG, May 1, 2002-California Senator Tom McClintock of Thousand Oaks (R ) filed a lawsuit this morning in California Superior Court alleging an energy consultant violated the law in writing long-term energy contracts.

McClintock's suit asserts that state energy consultant Vikram Budhraja did not follow government code when he assisted negotiation of last year's electricity contracts.

California government employees are forbidden to write contracts in which there is conflict of interest, such as if a retainer exceeds five percent of a person's total yearly income.

Budhraja has served at several executive posts for Edison International, parent to Southern California Edison utility, and resigned in January of 2000. Reportedly Edison International gave Budhraja a retainer of over $100,000 last year and renewed the retainer for 2002. His own company is under contract to receive - over about a 3 year period starting in 2001 - $6.2 million from California for consulting work.

Southern California Edison's generation division, Edison Mission Energy, now has a ten-year contract with California's Department of Water Resources, but Edison Mission insists that Budhraja was not involved with that contract.

Department of Water Resources spokesman Oscar Hidalgo also asserts that the suit has no merit and is merely a political move on the part of McClintock.

The suit has been filed in the wake of the renegotiation of eight long-term California energy contracts, rewritten because they were deemed unreasonably costly.

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