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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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Proposal to Allow PG&E to Emerge from Bankruptcy Announced

LCG, June 20, 2003--A settlement proposal has been put forth by state regulators and Pacific Gas & Electric negotiators concerning the utility's reorganization and exit from bankruptcy protection.

Although details are still emerging, major aspects of the settlement would allow for paying down $12 billion in debt owed by PG&E with funds already collected from ratepayers, and repay creditors entirely. The deal calls for rate decreases of half-a-cent by 2004 and in 2008, although they would only partially reverse a rate increase of four cents per kilowatt-hour made effective this year.

Commissioners for the Public Utilities Commission were circumspect in describing their view of the settlement, which they will need to vote on, although PUC President Michael Peevey said that "the most important thing about all this is that it's kept PG&E intact as an entity under state regulation." PG&E agreed that it would not try to remove operations from state regulation, at least until 2009. It did not pledge to end legal efforts in opposition to the state concerning power contracts and payments to the Department of Water Resources for power purchases.

Although Gov. Gray Davis and the former PUC President Loretta Lynch found that rates did not go down under the settlement as much as they wished to see, U.S. Bankruptcy Judge Randall Newsome, who presided over the talks, said the settlement, although not extremely favorable to any group, "is a fair deal for both sides and of great benefit for all Californians."
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