Invenergy's Lackawanna Energy Center Starts Commercial Operations

LCG, January 16, 2019--Invenergy announced yesterday that commercial operations began at the 1,485-MW Lackawanna Energy Center, located near Scranton, Pennsylvania, where it delivers power into the PJM Interconnection system. Construction began in March 2016.

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Enel Starts Construction on the 450-MW High Lonesome Wind Project in Texas

LCG, January 9, 2019--Enel Green Power North America, Inc. (“EGPNA”), the US renewable energy company of the Enel Group, announced Friday that construction has commenced on the 450-MW High Lonesome Wind Project in west Texas. The project is scheduled to be operational by the end of 2019. Once completed, High Lonesome will be the largest wind farm in Enel's global renewables portfolio.

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SMUD's Control Area Departs ISO

LCG, June 20, 2002--Early this week, the Sacramento Municipal Utility District took over operation of its own control area from the California Independent System Operator, partly to insulate itself from what SMUD's board President Genevieve Shiroma called "market-driven blackouts".

The move will not change rates for customers within SMUD, but it will mean SMUD will make all minute-to-minute balancing decisions to keep demand and supply of power in equilibrium. As such, the utility district will no longer pay grid-management charges to the ISO. Jim Tracy, director of SMUD's planning and budget, told the Sacramento Bee that, depending on the direction of ISO's charges, SMUD might save $2 to $30 million yearly, starting in 2003.

SMUD will not be subject to ISO-instigated rolling blackouts, although if there is a chance that the ISO grid could collapse due to equipment failure, SMUD would be prepared to act as needed. In situations in which generators do not generate within the ISO control areas for fear of not being paid, SMUD would have no obligation to the ISO.

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