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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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FERC Judge Says Investigation Shows No Manipulation by Avista

LCG, July 28, 2003--After the release on June 25th of documents relating to a Federal Energy Regulatory Commission investigation of Avista Corp.'s trading practices, the agency's Chief Administrative Law Judge, Curtis Wagner Jr., said that he is satisfied that the Commission can make a ruling based on the record, reversing an order he made on the day of the release.

At issue are trades that took place between Avista, Enron and Portland General Electric, the Enron subsidiary. FERC staff investigated over a period of months, and in January, notified Wagner that it believed Avista should be cleared of having intentionally manipulated energy markets during the Western energy crisis. In March, however, FERC staff other than those making the first determination that Avista could not be cleared when manipulation was found among numerous companies, which were ordered to justify their trading practices. Avista was said to have caused congestion on transmission lines, sold energy it could not furnish, and profited by relieving transmission congestion.

Wagner requested documentation on particular issues, which were provided. The board of FERC will next meet on Sept. 10, and may make a decision based on Wagner's findings that no manipulation by Avista occurred. Avista's CEO and president, Gary Ely, issued a statement that Wagner's finding was "a major step forward in successfully resolving this issue."
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