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New York Issues Offshore Wind Solicitation

LCG, November 9, 2018--The Governor of New York yesterday announced a solicitation for 800 MW or more of new offshore wind projects to supply renewable energy to New York to combat climate change. The New York State Energy Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA) issued the Request for Proposals (RFP), which is the first key step in New York's plan to install 2,400 MW of offshore wind projects by 2030.

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Xcel Energy to Acquire Mankato Energy Center from Southern Power

LCG, November 8, 2018--Xcel Energy and Southern Power, a subsidiary of Southern Company, earlier this week announced an agreement for Southern Power to sell the Mankato Energy Center to Xcel Energy for $650 million. The completion of the sale, subject to regulatory approval and other closing conditions, is expected to be mid-2019.

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Private Transmission Project to New York City Stalls

LCG, Mar. 1, 2004--Doubt among lenders about the revenue that could be earned by a privately owned transmission line supplying power to New York City has resulted in the developer, Conjunction LLC, cancelling a planned auction of transmission access to utilities and merchant power developers.

Had investors been willing to lend a total of $500 million, they could have gained access to the proposed Empire Connection line at capped rates. Nevertheless, the fact that the transmission line would have had no guaranteed reimbursement of the construction costs was discouraging to entities wishing to minimize their exposure to project risk, according to the Wall Street Journal.

If completed, the line would allow imports of up to 2,000 megawatts of power. Based on projections by the New York City Energy Policy Task Force, 2,600 megawatts of additional capacity is need to supply the city by 2008, or else power outages may be seen.
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