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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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California PUC to Consider Power Rate Reduction

LCG, May 13, 2003--Modified "revenue requirements" at the California Department of Water Resources (DWR), requirements stemming from past power purchases, could mean that the California Public Utilities Commission will decide to put in effect a rate reduction for power customers of the three largest California utilities.

The DWR would continue to receive payments from the utilities - Pacific Gas & Electric, Southern California Edison, and San Diego Gas & Electric - in order to repay the agency for purchases which ended at the end of 2002. Gov. Gray Davis was to announce the possible rate cut this afternoon, and will press the PUC to implement a rate cut as soon as possible.

The commissioner Carl Wood said that the reduction is "doable by the end of the year if it's justified. A reduction would be very welcome."

Mindy Spatt, spokeswoman for The Utility Reform Network, said "We will take any reduction we can get because consumers are paying very inflated rates." Rate cuts for each of the three utilities' customers are under consideration. A rate increase of up to 40 percent in some cases was put in place in 2001, following rapid deterioration in the financial health of the utilities as power prices spiked in 2000 and 2001.
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