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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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NRG Energy Inc. Wins Contract Termination

LCG, June 3, 2003-Yesterday, a Federal judge found NRG Energy Inc.'s contract with Connecticut Light & Power Co. subject to termination.

NRG recently declared bankruptcy and as part of its reorganization, the company notified Connecticut Light & Power that it would stop providing electricity to the utility. NRG contends that its contract with CL&P cost the company $500,000 per day. However, NRG gave the utility just a few days notice of its intention to stop service.

As a result, the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission ordered NRG to continue supplying energy according to the contract until the contract could be properly examined.

Judge Prudence Carter Beatty, who is overseeing the bankruptcy proceedings, found that the contract was "burdensome to the estate," and that NRG can withdraw from its agreement.

Under FERC's order, NRG must still temporarily supply CL&P. The contract comprises 45 percent of the electricity CL&P supplies to its customers. A FERC judge could still order NRG to fulfill its contract through the end of the year. Judge Beatty noted that she would not attempt to overrule any FERC order.

NRG has been producing electricity according to the contract with CL&P for two years, and the agreement expires at the end of this year. The company contends that CL&P violated the contract last year.

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