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Los Angeles Moves A Step Closer to Approving Huge Solar with Battery Storage Installation

LCG, September 12, 2019--The Los Angeles Department of Water and Power (LADWP) Board of Commissioners unanimously approved a plan on September 10 to install a 300-MW/1,200-MWh battery energy storage system (BESS) located at 8minute Solar Energy's (8mSE) Eland Solar and Storage Center.

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FERC Accepts LNG Permit Application from Commonwealth

LCG, September 4, 2019--Commonwealth Projects, LLC yesterday announced that the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) has formally accepted Commonwealth LNG, LLC's filing application to construct one liquefied natural gas (LNG) plant at the mouth of the Gulf of Mexico near Cameron, Louisiana. The company stated that it is on schedule to commence operations in the first quarter of 2024.

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Federal Prosecution of Reliant May Be Near

LCG, Mar. 9, 2004--Federal prosecutors have notified Reliant Energy that an investigation into behavior by subsidiary Reliant Energy Services' traders and employees could lead to criminal indictments, the company has said.

Regulators with the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) reached a settlement worth $13.8 million with Reliant over the apparent exercise of market power in Southern California power markets in June 2000, where Reliant Energy Services, now called Reliant Resources Inc., owns power plants. The settlement ended the agency's investigation. Transcripts of conversations between traders with the company were released by FERC, due to the clearly expressed intent to boost prices by deliberately withholding power from the market.

Reliant said that it would argue against any charges brought against it. According to the University of California Energy Institute's Severin Borenstein, who was quoted in the Sacramento Bee, "Frankly, I think they will have a hard time getting very far. I'm not aware of any criminal laws covered by what Reliant did, though I believe they certainly are guilty of exercising market power and driving up prices."

The San Francisco office of the U.S. attorney did not provide comment, as its investigation is pending.
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