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How to Make the Grid Secure

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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Appeals of FERC's Decisions on Western Energy Contracts Planned

LCG, June 27, 2003--The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission's ruling upholding certain power contracts signed during the western energy crisis will be appealed by the state power-buying agency and major western utilities, although the likelihood that such appeals will succeed does not appear significant.

Companies selling power under long-term contracts said they are confident that an appeal before FERC will not result in a change in the regulatory agency's stance. The CEO and president of Sempra Energy, Stephen Baum, said that his company's position is supported by a prior ruling issued by the San Diego Superior Court. Besides California, Sierra Pacific Resources subsidiary Sierra Pacific Power Co., PacifiCorp, and Nevada Power Co. will file for rehearings, and will likely present their cases in court if FERC does not change its decisions.

FERC and the utilities disagree on whether contracts signed during a time when efforts at manipulation were apparently taking place should stand. While FERC upheld the contracts this week, it also issued "show cause" orders to 60 companies and utilities concerning their behavior in the power marketplace during 2000 and 2001. Sen. Dianne Feinstein, D-Ca., said that under the circumstances she found the rulings on contracts "incomprehensible." Sempra Energy Resources, one of the sellers to California's Department of Water Resources, said it might consider switching the terms of a contract for 1,900 megawatts over 10 years to a form that would allow the agency to pay for the quantity of power that it uses, rather than a pre-determined amount.
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