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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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AEP Shareholder Resolution Emphasizes Risk in Emissions

LCG, Apr. 23, 2003--An AEP shareholder resolution seeking stronger actions by the company to detail measures it is taking to reduce its emissions and assess the possible effects of emissions regulation on its profitability received notable institutional support, with 26.9% of shares voted in favor today.

The resolution was recommended by Institutional Shareholder Services Inc. (ISS), which provides advice to management of pension and mutual funds. Connecticut's pension fund and Christian Brother Investment Services Inc. filed the resolution, expressing the opinion that business risks from emissions need to receive exposure due to the evolution of policy on greenhouse gases. AEP executives responded by saying that profitability could be hurt by further emissions-related investment, and that the company is distinguished by having pursued emission reduction more strongly than its competitors.

A spokesman for AEP, which produces approximately 70% of its electric power from coal, told The Wall Street Journal after the vote, "It looks as if many of them followed the ISS proposal." ISS supported a resolution advocating more focus on renewable energy by ExxonMobil last year which received 20% of the vote. It has also opposed similar measures in the case of Weyerhaeuser Co., a maker of forest products, and for PG&E Corp.
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