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Walmart and EDPR Announce PPAs for 233 MW of Wind Energy

LCG, October 18, 2018--Walmart and EDP Renewables (EDPR) announced Tuesday three power purchase agreements (PPA) for electricity generated from three utility-scale wind farms that will be developed, owned and operated by EDPR. The total electric generating capacity from the three new projects to be installed in Illinois and Indiana is 233 MW.

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AEP to Accelerate Closure of Conesville Plant in Ohio

LCG, October 11, 2018--American Electric Power (AEP) announced plans to retire its coal-fired Conesville electric generating facility in Ohio by May 31, 2020, two years ahead of the previously planned schedule.

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Draft Legislation Blocks RTO Requirement

LCG, Nov. 17, 2003--Among the many measures included in the draft energy bill released by Republican lawmakers this weekend is language that makes the formation of regional transmission organizations (RTOs) voluntary, rather than a requirement as the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission has intended.

The opposition to FERC's vision of energy markets would be welcomed by utilities in the Southeast, and is likely to disappoint merchant energy generators, who would not gain the degree of access to the transmission grid that would strengthen their competitive position. Some utilities in the Midwest that support RTO-based markets, such as Exelon Corp., may have to bargain more with other potential members of RTOs to implement more centralized grid management.

A spokeswoman for the Edison Electric Institute was quoted as saying the bill "could help resolve some pretty thorny issues and provide some market certainty." Besides lending no impetus to RTOs, the bill discusses "participant funding," which will limit requirements that utilities fund new transmission infrastructure for project that are not found to be in their customers' interest.
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