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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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South Field Energy Breaks Ground for 1,182-MW Power Plant

LCG, May 16, 2019--South Field Energy LLC announced yesterday its groundbreaking for an 1,182-MW, combined-cycle electric generating facility in Columbiana County, Ohio. The natural gas-fired facility is scheduled to commence operations in mid-2021 and represents a $1.3 billion investment.

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Ethanol Requirements are Sticking Point in Energy Legislaton

LCG, Oct. 20, 2003--A comprehensive national energy bill could be submitted for voting next week, but meanwhile, Republican House and Senate leaders are working to resolve differences that include questions on treatment of ethanol, the corn-based fuel.

A doubling in the share of ethanol as a percentage of overall fuel consumption is possible, although some legislators disagree on how much choice states should have on the amount of ethanol they might be required to purchase. Tax incentives of approximately $18 billion are a key part of the bill, which would promote new power plants, as well as research into fuels.

While Democrats have said that Republicans have generally not included them in negotiations, regional distinctions are clear on some issues among Republicans. Southern and Western representatives are less inclined go forth with de-centralizing large utilities. No consensus has emerged on where funds for upgrading strained transmission infrastructure should come from. If the bill is not completed by next week, negotiations may last through January of next year.
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