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NorthRenew Energy's Mesquite Sky Wind Project Commences Construction

LCG, January 21, 2021 -– NorthRenew Energy (“NorthRenew”) announced today that Clearway Energy Group (“Clearway”) achieved construction commencement on the Mesquite Sky Wind Project, f/k/a Baird North Wind Project (“Mesquite Sky”), initially developed by NorthRenew and sold to Clearway in 2019. Following the sale in 2019, NorthRenew continued to assist Clearway with final development and pre-construction services.

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Minnesota Power Announces Vision for 100 Percent Carbon-Free Energy by 2050

LCG, January 13, 2021--Minnesota Power, an ALLETE company, yesterday announced its vision to deliver 100 percent carbon-free energy to customers by 2050.

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FERC Judge Rules States Cannot Block AEP from PJM

LCG, Mar. 12, 2004--An Administrative Law Judge with the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC), William Cowan, has issued an order that aims to speed up the entry of American Electric Power Co. (AEP) into the Pennsylvania-Jersey-Maryland Interconnection (PJM), the mid-Atlantic grid administrator.

The ruling came as a result of earlier conflicts between FERC's interest in having utilities join regional transmission organization and laws passed by Virginia and Kentucky that are intended to block its entry into PJM. The ruling allows the states to file briefs detailing exceptions to the ruling within 15 days. AEP is now scheduled to make a transition to PJM membership by October.

Both Virginia and Kentucky's legislative strategies are based on concerns among regulators and legislators that the inclusion of AEP could raise costs for customers. For its part, FERC feels that open access for suppliers besides established utilities can lower costs.
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