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LCG March 1, 2021--February’s winter weather has brought a new level of uncertainty to the Texas grid, on top of rapid renewables growth and hot summer weather. Not only did the blackouts solidify the need to plan for extreme weather in winter and summer, but they also brought Texas residents, the governor, and the legislature into a public conversation about demand-supply planning.

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Long Ridge Energy Announces Plans to Allow Transition to 100 Percent Hydrogen

LCG, March 4, 2021--Ohio's Long Ridge Energy Generation is retrofitting its 485-MW combined-cycle power plant to use a blend of natural gas and carbon-free hydrogen, making it the nation's first large gas turbine plant to transition operations to hydrogen fuel.

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Midwest ISO Releases Draft Tariff

LCG, June 23, 2003--A set of draft tariff and market rules governing day-ahead and real-time energy markets, called the Open Access Transmission and Energy Markets Tariff, has been released by the Midwest Independent Transmission System Operator.

The rules were revised based on responses from ISO members and interested parties, following a technical conference held in May, and are being made subject to further comment. In addition, a sample allocation for financial transmission rights has been made public. The allocation was determined by using a network data model, incorporating generating resources and load. The Midwest ISO is asking for input on the system for allocation.

According to James P. Torgerson, president and chief executive officer of the ISO, "Defining the tariff langugage necessary to provide a solid blueprint for market operations, developing a network data model and producing initial financial transmission rights allocations are key components of our overall plan for ensuring a smooth market opening." The ISO intends to make an informational filing with FERC by August 1. "We are committed to honoring existing contracts and service arrangements consistent with federal and state policy," Torgerson said.

A guide to the Midwest Market Initiative is posted at www.midwestmarket.org.
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